Coronavirus: Local restrictions

There is now a 3-tier set of Local COVID alert levels for England – Medium, High and Very High. Oldham is currently an area where the local COVID alert level is very high.

Coronavirus: Information and advice

If you are self-isolating or spending more time at home due to your work or school being closed, it is important to take care of yourself. 

You may be feeling anxious, lonely or stressed however there is lots of support available to help you take care of your mental health.

Urgent support

If you feel unable to cope there are organisations that can help you get support right away:

Mind

Leading mental health charity Mind are able to offer support to better manage your mental health.

If you are worried about coronavirus and how it could affect your life Mind offer lots of practical things you can try to improve your wellbeing:

NHS.UK

Expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing:

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a technique you can learn which involves making a special effort to notice what's happening in the present moment.

By learning to be “present” you can achieve a sense of calm and focus.

It can take some practice, but it’s a really effective way of boosting your sense of wellbeing and helping you to achieve your goals.

Here are some great free resources to get you started:

Headspace

Use free guided meditations on their website and youtube channel, or downloading the free app on your phone  

The Free Mindfulness Project

The Free Mindfulness Project brings together 100's of free mindfulness videos, audios and other resources all in one place:

Stay in touch

Stay in touch with other people using your mobile phone and video chat apps:

Free access to wellbeing apps for NHS staff

NHS staff have been given free access to a number of wellbeing apps from now until the end of December 2020

MoodZone

MoodZone is an NHS resource which includes an assessment tool to check in with your mood, and audio guides to boost your wellbeing and manage stress and anxiety. 

Healthy Minds – Talking Therapies

Healthy Minds Oldham offer cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) which is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave.

It's most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems.

GM Health Hub

Free online courses designed to improve feelings, beat stress and boost your ability to live well.

Older residents

Working with the University of Manchester GMCA have produced a guide to help older people in Greater Manchester keep well while at home.