Protecting your mental health during lockdown
The Worthing community discusses mental health
Research has shown a spike in anxiety and depression after the PM’s announcement of a lockdown. Understandably, people living alone or with children, especially in confined spaces, may be experiencing difficulties with mood. Fears about health and financial worries can also contribute to stress. Everyone is struggling - it’s fine to acknowledge that you are struggling and ask for support
Links and help if you're suffering
Sussex Mental Healthline 0300 5000 101
Samaritans 116 223 (24 hour confidential support)
Limit the amount of news that you watch. Avoid re-reading news that makes you feel anxious and limit checks on social media.
Mute words that trigger anxious reaction
Choose news source that is practical and helpful.
There is a lot of misinformation so stick to trusted sources
If you are working from home, try to create an office space and separate work from home life. If you are furloughed, strike a balance between having a routine, finding a sense of purpose in your day, and creating some variety. Try to get a daily walk or exercise indoors as this will help improve your mental health.
It is normal at the moment to feel overwhelmed, sad, or annoyed. Many people are suffering with anxiety and insomnia. Talk to a trusted friend, family member or a trained advisor either online or by phone. If you are under the care of your GP or local mental health team and are worried about your mental health please contact them. GPs are available and will do phone consultations.
- Coastal West Sussex Mind: westsussexmind.org / 01903 277000
- rethink.org advice on Covid-19 and mental health
Headspace; Calm (paid apps that offer a free trial period).
Free mindfulness exercise: https://bit.ly/2wI54U2