Maintaining your mental health

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Taking care of our customers has been a been a priority for us and staff looking after our specialist housing customers have had some surprises along the way as one of the Partnership Coordinators explains:

“It may be assumed that people with learning disabilities are impacted more than others during this pandemic, but in fact they have generally coped much more than expected and perhaps there is even something the rest of us can learn from their resilience.

“Our customers have continued to surprise us with all the activities and new hobbies they’ve picked up. A few, with help from their families, have even made it a mission to lose weight by going on regular long walks.

“Stories continue to pile in of customers who have kept themselves occupied by journaling the pandemic experience, making cards, knitting baby clothes for charity, colouring in and more. A new craze in Hama beads has taken over some homes, with long lasting art masterpieces being created while others have helped create special gardens.”

Still, despite plenty of ideas and good intentions, we all have days when things do not go to plan, or even longer period when we feel low. If this happens be kind to yourself, recognise how you feel and gently start planning a new approach.

The mental health charity Mind has prepared advice in maintaining mental wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic. Recognising the Christmas can bring additional challenges for some people Mind have a special Christmas support page and also advice for if you are feeling overwhelmed or out of control.

Every Mind Matters is an NHS page providing simple tips and advice to start taking better care of your mental health. The Every Mind Matters sleep page provides practical advice on how to improve your sleep. Or visit the NHS mental health and wellbeing advice website for self-assessment, audio guides and practical tools, if you are experiencing stress, feelings of anxiety or low mood.

If you are still struggling after several weeks and it is affecting your daily life, please contact your GP or NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.

If needed, Samaritans has a free to call service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, if you want to talk to someone in confidence. Call them on 116 123.

For older customers, the Silver Line is a free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Independent Age also offer advice and support for older age.

There's also some useful links to advice for children and younger people on our supporting children and young people page.