Information about Coronavirus or COVID-19 is all over the news on TV and the radio.
These uncertain times can create feelings of stress and being overwhelmed. You may experience:
- feelings of fear and anxiety
- insecurity or being unsettled
- lack of control
- trouble sleeping or eating
- excessively checking for symptoms
Being worried at this time is normal. However, it is important to consider how this may affect our mental wellbeing and impact on the communities we live in.
Whilst for some people these feelings can be part of daily life, others can find these are disruptive to their everyday living.
Staying at home can also make you feel bored, frustrated or lonely. This can heighten feelings of stress and anxiety about your health or those close around you. While we all react differently to this, it is important to look after both your physical and mental wellbeing.
To help you we've made some guides. These may help you to improve your mental wellbeing. They may help you to provide support for someone else in your household or wider community.
- Children under 5
- Primary aged children
- Young people and students
- Carers - adults and young carers
- Working at home and/or in isolation
- Mental illness and suicidal thoughts
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Psychological wellbeing
- Psychological wellbeing (large print)
- If you are shielding (large print)
- Mental Illness Support (large print)
- Returning to a workplace
Our psychological wellbeing guide has also been translated in to a number of languages which you can download below:
- Psychological Wellbeing Guide Arabic
- Psychological Wellbeing Guide Bulgarian
- Psychological Wellbeing Guide Lithuanian
- Psychological Wellbeing Guide Mandarin
- Psychological Wellbeing Guide Polish
- Psychological Wellbeing Guide Portuguese
- Psychological Wellbeing Guide Romanian
We have two easy read guides to help with mental health during the coronavirus:
The mental health charity Mind has created wellness action plans for employees and their line managers to co-create. Download these guides on the Mind website.
While we are in lockdown and are limiting our contact with neighbours and loved ones, it's important to connect with them by:
- picking up the phone
- sending a text message
- doing video calls
- using social media
Protecting our mental wellbeing is really important. There are a lot of things we can do to help protect and promote our mental health and wellbeing, which applies to all ages.
Different people need different advice and support. This is to help you and family during these challenging times. Whether you are a
- young person
- adult working from home
- schooling your children at home
- a carer
Start Now have created a website by young people all about keeping mentally well.
If you work with anyone on the frontline of health and care services, the Minded Covid-19 resilience hub has been developed to support you.
If you have lost your job or your house, please see government advice for financial support, and find out about the financial support on offer from Cornwall Council. and take a look at our psychological wellbeing guides to keep yourself mentally well.
Anyone experiencing problems with finances, debt, housing and mental wellbeing can access support and receive advice and guidance from The Mental Health, Employment Need and Debt advice outreach project (‘Mhend’).
Mhend is a partnership between Pentreath Mental Health Advisers and Citizens Advice Cornwall (CAC) caseworkers. They can provide specialist financial, employment and mental health support to vulnerable individuals adversely affected by Covid-19 across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
For example, individuals will be offered a plan for the debt management as well as supporting their mental health with wellbeing activities and signposting to services that can help them move forward in their recovery through health and vocational pathways.
Due to the impacts of Covid-19, this support will be offered in alternative formats (via face to face, telephone and digital channels including web chat).
You can refer yourself by contacting Pentreath (01726 862727) or by completing the referral form available on the Pentreath website. Please specify the referral is for the Mhend Project.
Below you will find some useful links to mental health guidance. We will also be publishing some more specific advice around mental wellbeing for different groups of people. This includes the different needs of children, adults, pregnant women, older people and those who care for others for example.
Public Health guidance on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of Covid-19
Silvercloud - is a free, online, confidential space to consider your mental wellbeing, designed by clinical experts to empower you to think and feel better
Public Health England’s guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental wellbeing
Mind Your Way - website providing wellbeing support for young people
Young Minds - website to support young people
Anna Freud - website for support for families and children
Mental Health Foundation - website to support mental healthh for adults
World Health Organisation guidance on the virus
NHS infomation on symptoms and what to do if you feel unwell
Public Health England general guidance for the public
Mind has more information on how to keep mentally well during Covid 19
Healthy Cornwall home based exercise videos playlist on YouTube