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.
If you feel unable to cope there are organisations that can help you get support right away:
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:
Expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing:
- Coronavirus and mental wellbeing - nhs.uk website
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:
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
- Free access to wellbeing apps for all NHS staff - NHS employers website
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.
- Healthy Minds Oldham self referral form - IAPT Patient Portal website
- Phone: 0161 716 2777
GM Health Hub
Free online courses designed to improve feelings, beat stress and boost your ability to live well.
- Living life to the full - GM Health Hub website
Working with the University of Manchester GMCA have produced a guide to help older people in Greater Manchester keep well while at home.
- Support and advice for older residents - GMCA website