There are many challenges of living through the Coronavirus pandemic and the current lockdown restrictions – working at home, home schooling, concerns about health, worries about money and not being able to see loved ones, to name but a few.
So it is no wonder that this is also a very challenging time for our mental health and wellbeing.
Since lockdown, we have shared several articles about some of the advice and support to help you look after your mental health here on Knowsley News.
Now we are bringing this together to help you more easily find the support that is relevant to you.
Sources of support with mental health
This includes ALMA, where you can access a range of free online therapy programmes which include short modules on dealing with stress, getting better sleep, improving resilience and coping with your emotions during the pandemic.
There’s also free approved health and wellbeing apps and some great podcasts to listen to with guest including Andy Cole and Dr Chatterjee, providing tips and advice to help you get through this difficult period.
For people who require urgent mental health support, the Kind to Your Mind website also contains a number of crisis helplines, which have been recently launched and offer 24/7 support for those living in Cheshire and Merseyside.
Open 24 hours a day, seven-days a week, they are available to people of all ages including children and young people who need urgent mental health support.
In Knowsley, adults and children can call 01925 275 309 (North West Boroughs NHS Trust).
- Maintaining contact with friends and family via telephone and video calls, or social media.
- Keeping a regular routine and sleeping pattern.
- Focusing on a hobby or learning something new.
The guidance issued on Sunday, 29 March, has been developed in partnership with leading mental health charities and clinically assured by the NHS. It also includes steps that those living with serious mental health problems can take, including seeking support from their mental health teams.
Now the charity, who are dedicated to helping people with mental and physical health issues develop skills and live independently, is offering online support via its website.
The website gives young people aged 10 to 19 the opportunity to talk to someone about their worries anonymously and access self-help materials for free.
To access a friendly counsellor or use the support features the Kooth service offers, log onto to www.kooth.com between Monday and Friday from 12pm to 10pm, or Saturdays and Sundays between 6pm and 10pm.
With ideas on how to encourage your children to talk about their feelings and suggestions on ways to keep in touch with others, plus ideas to keep the whole family active in and around the house, it has lots of really helpful information.
You can read all the advice here on Knowsley News.