Look after your Mental Health

    It's Mental Health Awareness Week this week, so its a good time to remember that taking care of your mind is just as important as taking care of your body, especially during this difficult time.

    The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak means that life as we know it has changed for the time being, and this can understandably affect your mood. It’s perfectly normal to feel frustrated, anxious, stressed, overwhelmed, bored, sad or lonely. Many of us are feeling the same way - you are not alone. 

    There are lots of simple things you can do to help take care of your mental health and wellbeing. 

    The Mental Health Foundation has lots of useful advice specifically about looking after your mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

    The NHS Every Mind Matters website includes tips to help if you're worried about coronavirus (COVID-19); if you’re looking after children and young people and if you're working from home. You can also start your own online action plan called 'Your Mind Plan' to help you take simple, practical steps to look after your mental wellbeing by dealing with stress, boosting your mood and feeling on top of things.

    The government has also published advice on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak as well as guidance for supporting children and young people.

    Visit the NHS website to find out the five steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. 

    If you feel unable to cope or keep yourself safe, it is important to get support as soon as possible.