COVID-19: Help is available

26 March 2020
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We talked earlier this week about being mindful of the mental and physical health of ourselves and those in our community during this difficult time where people are staying at home and may feel isolated.

The good news is that there is plenty of support out there. See below for a list of national resources that are available online to support Mental Health & Wellbeing.  

Mental Health & Wellbeing and COVID-19 – Adults

Looking After Your Mental Health during the Coronavirus Outbreak – The Mental Health Foundation

Coronavirus and your Wellbeing – MIND

Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak – WHO

Coping with Stress during the 2019 n-Cov Outbreak – WHO

How to stay active while you’re at home – Sport England

Coronavirus Guidance – Carers UK

Easy Read guide to Coronavirus – PHE

Mental Health & Wellbeing and COVID-19 – Children & Young People

Helping Children Cope with Stress during 2019 n-Cov Outbreak – WHO

Talking to your child about coronavirus – Young Minds

Supporting schools & colleges: A guide to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of pupils and students during periods of disruption

There are also three videos, one for school staff, one for parents and one for children and young people which may be useful.

General Health & Wellbeing Resources

Every Mind Matters – NHS and PHE

Mood Assessment and Mental Wellbeing Audio Guides – NHS

Tips for Everyday Living – MIND

Locally, there are many support groups and networks being set up as a response to this situation. If you are on your own and feel like you are struggling, reach out to York City Council on 01904 551550 or email them at [email protected].

York and its residents are also looking for volunteers to support the community and NHS at this time. Visit www.york.gov.uk/COVIDVolunteering for more information.

Situations like this often bring out the best in people. However, please keep an eye out for scammers and people looking to profiteer from others. Watch out for people offering or selling virus testing kits (these are only offered by NHS), vaccines or miracle cures (there is currently no vaccine or cure for the coronavirus) or overpriced or fake goods to protect yourself from coronavirus such as anti-bacterial products.  Shopping or medication collection services.  If you are concerned about scams, call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 11 33. If you believe you have been a victim of a scam., report this to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.  What is also important is that you contact your bank urgently if you are worried about this.

Stay safe and well!

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