Mental Health Awareness Week
Run by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week is the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health and mental health problems and inspire action to promote the message of good mental health for all.
The theme for 2020 is 'kindness' - why kindness? See the animation produced by the Mental Health Foundation here - https://youtu.be/Qcyc68d6OAk
Although the theme for Mental Health Awareness week was decided before the Covid-19 pandemic began, it couldn’t be more appropriate.
As well as the personal tragedies, the pandemic has impacted on all lives and changed society. It has also inspired many acts of kindness, whether by going shopping for a vulnerable neighbour, consoling a colleague, painting a rainbow for NHS staff or simply taking time to listen more actively to those who are anxious or who are alone.
As Mental Health Foundation chief executive Mark Rowland says: ‘Now more than ever we need to re-discover kindness in our daily lives. Kindness unlocks our shared humanity and is central for our mental health.’
Being kind supports other people and it also benefits the person being kind, emotionally and physiologically. So, acts of kindness are also acts of self-kindness and a way of taking care of ourselves.
Taking care of your own mental health
We're currently living in a very uncertain time. This can add pressure to our lives and heighten stress and anxiety. Here are some tips to help look after your mental wellbeing during the Coronavirus crisis:
- Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories, including social media – overloading on information can impact your mood.
- Make time to unwind. If you can't do the things you normally enjoy because you're staying at home, think about how you could adapt them, or try something new.
- Stay connected with others, call friends and family members. The Surrey Community Helpline on 0300 200 1008 can also put you in touch with a telephone friend if you don't have anyone to talk to.
- Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
- Stick to the facts. Only read and share accurate information from GOV.UK and the NHS to understand the actual risks to yourself and people you care about. This can make the outbreak less stressful for yourself.
- Help others who may be struggling with their mental wellbeing. Check the NHS One You tips on what you can do to help others.
- Build physical activity into your daily routine, like dancing to music you love, cleaning your home or following online exercise workouts. This can help reduce stress, anxiety and low mood.
There is a range of support and advice on the Healthy Surrey website which includes self-help resources, local services (including a 24/7 confidential helpline) and information for those with or dealing with an adult in crisis
Talking to others about how we’re feeling, especially when we can’t meet, feels more important than ever at the moment. Please see tips from Cruse Bereavement to help anyone who is wondering how to be kind to someone who is grieving. For more info please see: www.cruse.org.uk
Surrey County Council is working with Cruse, to offer emotional support over the phone. The service is provided by trained experienced volunteers who can offer support no matter when or how the death occurred. Their national helpline is free and confidential and can be contacted on 0844 477 9400.
Cruse also has a number of local offices across Surrey who can also provide support, you can find contact details of your local branch.
Your community needs you
Find a range of care opportunities in Surrey. Now more than ever we need caring people to help look after vulnerable people who need our support.
Working in a caring role is about so much more than helping people with their daily routines. It’s about supporting and encouraging people to be as independent as possible and to get the most out of their home and community life. It’s an opportunity to give back to others, be a part of someone’s story and be proud of the care you give.
There are a range of different jobs in care waiting for reliable, compassionate and caring people in Surrey. The Proud to Care website is a central hub to find and apply for local and flexible care opportunities from a range of employers in Surrey. To find out about opportunities in Surrey, visit the Proud to Care Surrey website or call 0800 975 2935.
Surrey wide Community Helpline services
Call the Surrey wide Community Helpline on 0300 200 1008, find out more at www.surreycc.gov.uk/coronavirus
Don’t feel alone:
- We can arrange for someone to talk to
- If you’ve got medicines to pick up and can’t get out, we can arrange for someone to pick them up.
- If you’ve got shopping to do and can’t get out, we can arrange for someone to help you.
Coping with cancer
Coping with a diagnosis of cancer is never easy. Coping with cancer during the Covid-19 pandemic is an extra concern and worry.
Cancer Research UK has introduced a Covid-19 web guide containing the latest information and important links so people can keep up to date with caring for themselves and others. The content is regularly updated as the situation evolves (the last update was earlier this week).
You can be access the page here:
Work Stress Solutions courses
Grow Skills for Living: 10 Minute steps to a bright future - Personal Development course
Join via Zoom, on Thursday 28 May, 4, 11 and 18 June 2020; 10am to 11.30am
Nutrition for good mental health
Join via Zoom, starts Wednesday 27 May 2020; 3pm for 3-weeks
To book, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 07759 303 225. For information visit www.workstresssolutions.org.uk
WEA health and wellbeing courses and activities
For a range of FREE health and wellbeing courses and activities from the WEA see: .
Sign up for courses here: https://bit.ly/3bf3h76
Sign up for activities here: https://bit.ly/2Rq2wRM
For more information visit: https://www.wea.org.uk/
Active Surrey has a range of tips to help you stay active. Visit https://bit.ly/SurreyActive for activities for:
- Home workers
- To help with mental health
- Over 65s
- Staying healthy with medical conditions
- Mums to be