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‘Be Kind to Your Mind’ during the Coronavirus outbreak

by Laura Johnston

A new mental health campaign has launched urging everyone to be ‘Kind to Your Mind’ during the Coronavirus pandemic. It aims to support the mental wellbeing of people living and working in Cheshire and Merseyside.

The campaign will be promoted across radio, press and social media, directing people to the ‘Kind to Your Mind’ website which links to the national ‘Every Mind Matters’ website and new ALMA wellbeing portal for advice and support.

New wellbeing website: ALMA

ALMA is a new online portal with a suite of mental and physical wellbeing resources, which has been exclusively developed by Cheshire and Merseyside for Cheshire and Merseyside residents and workers.

The portal provides free access to a range of apps that have been medically evaluated for their clinical effectiveness, including apps for mental wellbeing, physical activity, diet, smoking cessation, sleep, and much more.

ALMA also give users access to intensive online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) courses, which focus on dealing with stress and anxiety, building mental resilience and getting better quality sleep. These courses have been developed by health and care professionals and offer a personalised experience, similar to a face to face CBT session.

Look out for special podcasts

A series of podcasts will also be developed as part of the campaign covering topics such as building resilience, mental health, nutrition, physical activity and sleep. These will feature special interviews with experts and be promoted through social media.

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Knowsley Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:

“Whether you’re staying at home or a key worker carrying out a vital role, we are all likely to be feeling stress or anxiety at this difficult time as we make major changes to how we live and work. It is more important than ever that we look after our mental wellbeing and encourage others to do the same. Not only will this help us during the pandemic it will also aid our recovery.”

Sheena Cumiskey, Chief Executive of Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Lead for Mental Health in Cheshire and Merseyside commented:

“Taking care of your mind as well as your body is crucial. Complementing the launch of this wellbeing campaign are new telephone helplines for urgent mental health support, which will be available in each area of Cheshire and Merseyside. The helplines will operate 24/7 to enable people to receive appropriate and timely support.”

The 24/7 helpline number for people in need of urgent mental health support in Knowsley is: 01925 275309.

For more information about the campaign and the support available visit www.kindtoyourmind.org.uk