The Coronavirus is a difficult period for a lot of people. We have to stay inside and we might not be able to see loved ones for a while. It is normal for you to feel anxious or stressed, but it is also so important to look after your mind.
The NHS Every Mind Matters has put together a list of tips and advice for looking after your mental health. Click here to read more.
Mind.org has also put together information for taking care of your mental health and wellbeing, from washing hands and anxiety to deciding on your daily routine. Click here for more information.
MyTutor has put together a guide with useful tips and advice for parents to help their teens overcome body image issues, academic anxiety, peer pressure, and cyberbullying, including links to other important teen mental health resources - all of which can be helpful in these uncertain times. It is titled Teen Mental Health – A Guide for Parents. Click here to read this guide.
Rabney Consulting has put together a resource about 'Screen addiction' which is becoming a real problem, even more so during COVID-19 lockdowns, which is why it's more important than ever for children and adults alike to learn and develop healthier digital habits. This resource is titled; “Understanding Screen Addiction and Responsible Digital Use”- Click here to read more.
If you feel that COVID-19 is having a negative effect on your mental health and you need to speak to someone, there are a number of organisations and charities to reach out to:
Samaritans are a Nationwide organisation that provide a listening ear to anyone feeling they are having a difficult time. You can reach out by free phoning them on 116 123 or email email@example.com. The Samaritans have also provided information for those worried about their mental health during the Coronavirus breakout. Click here for more information.
PIPS Hope and Support are a local charity in Newry providing immediate therapy to anyone in the community experiencing suicidal thoughts, high levels of anxiety , poor mental health or bereaved through suicide. They are providing Online Video Counselling through ZOOM, and telephone counselling. To find our more contact PIPS on 028 3026 6195 or email firstname.lastname@example.org For regular updates from PIPS click here.
AwareNI have set up a webpage dedicated to support during COVID-19. They have Weekly Support Group Skype Calls, Support Email Service by emailing email@example.com, Telephone Support Line Monday - Friday from 11AM - 3PM by calling either Cherry - 07340488254 Caroline - 07548530931 Tom - 07759484268. To take a look at Aware NI's COVID-19 Support and Advice webpage, click here They have also started FREE 'Introduction to Mindfulness' online sessions in partnership with the Community Foundation Northern Ireland and the Bank of Ireland. It is 10 sessions a week for 12 weeks, Starting Monday the 11th May, you can join as little or as many sessions as you like! To check it out https://www.aware-ni.org/intro-to-mindfulness click here
rehab4addiction have created a useful guide to highlight the importance mental well being and remaining composed during this difficult time. To read this guide visit: https://www.rehab4addiction.co.uk/coronavirus/mental-health-coronavirus. To find out more or to get in contact with rehab4addiciton call them on 0800 140 4690 or emails via firstname.lastname@example.org.