Cheshire East Council has launched an online mental health information point during Mental Health Awareness Week, which this year has the theme of ‘kindness’.
The information point, which can be found at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/mentalhealthinfopoint contains a range of information and resources that residents can use to help overcome any anxieties they may have during this time of uncertainty, including:
● Self-help techniques to manage symptoms or prevent problems developing or getting worse;
● Personalised help using a questionnaire to find out what support is available during the Covid-19 crisis; and
● Urgent help from the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership 24/7 mental health support line on 0300 303 3972.
Councillor Jill Rhodes, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for public health and corporate services, said: “We know the coronavirus outbreak is having a huge impact on everyone’s daily lives and the effect of social distancing, staying at home and of the virus itself could be deep and long term.
“People may feel low, worried, anxious or be concerned about their health or that of those close to them. Now, more than ever, it's important to look after your mental wellbeing, as well as your physical health.”
Councillor Jonathan Parry, Cheshire East Council’s joint mental health champion, said: “There are lots of things we can do to look after our mental wellbeing and help others to prevent these concerns from becoming more serious. My advice is to try to keep yourself occupied.
“We know it is difficult while being at home but keeping busy is important. Working in your garden or doing tasks around the house may help.
“Remember, that this will end and things will get easier. Try not to dwell on negative news on TV, or social media.
“We have already seen immense acts of kindness in our communities during this time, with lots of volunteers helping some of our most vulnerable residents. An added benefit of helping others is that it is good for your own mental health and wellbeing too.”
Councillor Sally Handley, Cheshire East Council’s joint mental health champion, said, “It is a very stressful and worrying time for everyone but no one is alone and there is support out there.
“As your mental health champions for Cheshire East, we are working tirelessly to ensure that everything is done to support our community.
“We urge all residents not to suffer in silence or struggle with their mental health during the coronavirus pandemic, be kind to yourself and reach out to the range of services and organisations that can help.”