During the coronavirus pandemic, in order to help the NHS, and keep people safe it is vital that everyone follows the government’s advice on self-isolation and social distancing.
Staying at home does come with it’s own challenges, it is perfectly normal to experience feelings of isolation, boredom or even fear and stress. For those with an existing mental health condition, self-isolation might be particularly difficult.
Thankfully there is lots of support out there, with volunteers and professionals ready to help everyone get through this difficult time. For those who need help in a crisis, or simply want advice on wellbeing, there are places to turn to.
Residents can use the mental health pathway graphic to see which support service is best suited for their needs. There is also lots of useful information on Mental Support on the Hackney Council website.
Don’t forget everyone should also be looking after their physical health too. Maintaining a balanced diet, drinking lots of water and trying to get enough sleep.
Physical activity has a very positive impact on mental wellbeing. With the current limits on exercising outdoors, there is lots to do at home – the NHS website has some 10-minute workouts and there are lots of free exercise routines on YouTube and other websites.
For a full list of support services in your local area go to: hackney.gov.uk/find-support-services