Stress, anxiety and depression are more common than you might think, and lockdown has made everything more challenging. 1 in 4 people in the UK experience a mental health problem every year. Adding a pandemic into the mix may have tipped the emotional balance for some of us.
People are feeling more isolated, lonely, anxious, and disconnected from the world. You may have been bereaved through coronavirus or know someone who has. Employment has been impacted, with lots of us now working from home. We might not have any prior experience of mental ill health but now find ourselves struggling to relax, sleep, switch off. Without someone to connect with, it’s easy to fall into unhealthy ways of coping.
If you are finding things challenging, there are a few simple things you could do.
- Do some self-care – anything you enjoy to decompress (which, by the way, is not selfish)
- Rest and nutrition – don’t forget how connected our physical health is to mental health
- Talk to someone if you are struggling
- Not sure where to start? Think about the 5 Ways to Wellbeing guide from the New Economics Foundation (a bit like your emotional Five a Day):
The stigma around mental health is very real. It can be challenging to identify a difficulty developing and even harder to talk to someone about it.
At Harmless and The Tomorrow Project, we support people impacted by self harm and suicide – two areas that people can find especially difficult to talk. If you are struggling, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Where to get help and support
NHS Every Mind Matters site https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
HopeLine 0800 068 4141 (9.00-22.00 weekdays, 14.00-22.00 weekends – for those under 35 who are feeling suicidal)
Samaritans Call 116 123, any time
Harmless (for anyone impacted by self harm): firstname.lastname@example.org
By Claire Dixon, Training Service Manager (Sales) and Specialist Trainer at Harmless