COVID-19 has had health, social, emotional, and financial impacts on many of us.
We all need to be aware of our mental and physical wellbeing and to try to remember to be kind to ourselves and the people around us after such a difficult year.
There are lots of things you can do to look after your mental health and wellbeing. This is especially important when we must stay at home.
That’s why NAViGO, alongside the North East Lincolnshire Council and NHS CCG Union, will be delivering a health and wellbeing booklet to every household in the borough.
The eight-page booklet, due to hit doormats in February, urges people to connect and reach out, as well as providing a range of contact numbers, useful websites, and helplines for those who may be struggling.
The booklet’s key messages include:
- Connecting and reaching out
- Being active and connecting with nature
- Taking notice and slowing down
- Learning and doing
- Helping and giving to others
- Support with financial issues
NAViGO chief executive Jane Lewington said: “These are confusing and stressful times for all of us and we want to make sure that people know there is help out there and where they can get it if they need it.”
If you are struggling to cope, are worried about someone you know or need to speak to someone urgently, there is a range of help available.
- The COVID-19 mental health support service offers support to anyone who has been affected by the pandemic in any way. It's free and available 24 hours a day. Just call (01472) 256256 and select option 3.
- If you’re in a mental health crisis and need urgent help, call the Single Point of Access on (01472) 256256 and select option 3. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Safespace provides instant support if you’re vulnerable and need assistance with your mental health out-of-hours. You can speak to the team using Zoom or by calling in via telephone, between 5.30pm and 11pm, Monday to Friday.
- Open Minds offers a range of talking therapies aimed at helping you to deal with the effects of stress, anxiety and depression. You can self-refer to Open Minds online.