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#Coping guides launched across Frimley Health and Care as part of Mental Health Awareness week

Three guides to help children, young people and their families to cope with the stresses of the coronavirus pandemic have been launched as part of Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24).

According to the World Mental Health Organisation, one in four people will suffer with some form of mental health issue in their life.

When the world may feel upside down, it is important that we continue to not only help and support others, but to look after our own mental wellbeing and our physical health.

The theme for this year’s National Mental Health Awareness Week is kindness. In the words of the Mental Health Foundation: ‘Kindness can be the key to turning things around. You see, kindness has the power to create community, support and hope. A helping hand says you’re not alone when you face upward slope. Of course, being kind is always the right thing to do. But did you know that doing good is also good for you? You see a little act of kindness can boost your mental health. It can lower stress and cheer your mood to think of someone else. And of course, don’t forget to be kind to yourself.’

So, Help Us to Help You by reading and sharing our #Coping guides and be kind to yourself today, because kindness matters now, more than ever.

The guides contain some of the best reliable and free sources of information and advice to help children and young people and their families to cope with life under lockdown. Remember, helping others is a pure act of kindness.

  • #Coping – Family life during lockdown;
  • #Coping – Five Ways to Wellbeing, and;
  • #Coping – Young Person’s guide

Click here to view the guides.

Dr Andy Brooks is the Clinical Chief Officer for the Frimley Collaborative – the NHS organisations which plan and fund the majority of health services for 800,000 people from Slough to Farnham. He said: “In difficult times like these, looking after our mental health is just as important as taking care of our physical health - and your NHS is here to support you.

“It’s normal for everyone to feel anxious, and children and young people of all ages are just as affected as adults by the worry and stress coronavirus can cause.

“Families may feel overwhelmed by the constant influx of information and misinformation, online and elsewhere. Yet helping children and young people to build their resilience and to deal with change and uncertainty has never been more vital.

“These guides have been developed by mental health experts so they are full of information you can trust. We hope local people will find them informative and useful that our three guides will help provide useful information and support during these challenging times.”

In addition to reading and sharing our guides, why not try some of the following acts of kindness suggested by the Mental Health Foundation:

  • Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to for a while
  • Arrange to have a cup of tea and virtual catch up with someone you know
  • Arrange to watch a film at the same time as a friend and video call
  • Tell someone you know that you are proud of them
  • Tell someone you know why you are thankful for them
  • Tell a family member how much you love and appreciate them
  • Send a motivational text to a friend who is struggling
  • Send someone you know a joke to cheer them up
  • Send someone you know a picture of a cute animal
  • Send an inspirational quote to a friend
  • Donate to foodbanks
  • Donate to charity
  • Spend time playing with your pet
  • Reach out to call a friend, family member or neighbour who is experiencing loneliness or self-isolation
  • Lend your ear – call a colleague and ask how they’re finding the change in routine
  • Give praise to your colleague for something they’ve done well

If you, or your child, are experiencing any mental health issues your GP, key worker (if you have one) or NHS 111 are still here to help. This is a difficult time for many of us and it’s important that you get the support you need. For more information, visit www.nhs.uk/mentalhealth

This is a difficult time for many of us and it’s important that you get the support you need. For more information, visit www.nhs.uk/mentalhealth or the mental wellbeing section of this website.

Frimley Health and Care