Mental Well Being
With our social lives effectively 'on hold' for the time being, we need to ensure that we continue to look after our mental, as well as physical, well being.
There are other pages under this section which give specific information on resources to help towards home schooling and working from home. This section, however, is more focused on our mental well being and so listed below are a number of resource pages to further help with this.
Don't forget also that our regular well being and self care programme, Positive Dance with Life with Gillian, airs on a Monday night between 7 - 9 PM and includes weekly tarot messages, affirmations and motivations.
Created by Public Health England, with tips and advice approved by the NHS, Every Mind Matters has a dedicated coronavirus section with further information and guidance on helping to look after mental health and well being which you can visit here.
A new mental health helpline has been set up for children and young people to cover the Bath, North Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire area by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, who run the CAHMS services in the area. The helpline is open 24/7 and can be accessed by children, young people or their carers for guidance, advice and support.
For the Wiltshire area, the numbers to call are:
|What time is it?||The number to phone:|
|9am – 5pm on a weekday||01865 903777|
|5pm – 9am on a weekday or on weekends||01865 901000|
|Other useful sources of support in your area:||On Your Mind
Further details along with contact numbers for the other areas covered and ways to look after mental health during this period can be found here.
The CAHMS site itself also has a section on supporting children and young people to look after their mental health at this time, including a video which can be viewed here. The site also includes links to both the Young Minds and Student Minds websites.
IT has long been suggested that pets can help towards mental health and well being, but for those who have pets, there may be worries surrounding how to keep them safe and well during the lock down period, whilst still observing social distancing guidelines. The RSPCA have put together some top tips taken from national pet charities and experts on all things coronavirus and pet related, which you can visit here.