24 June 2020
In these unprecedented times, it is as important to look after your mental health as your physical health.
New research has revealed that nearly half of the public have concerns about seeking help from the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic. The NHS is working hard to manage Covid-19, but we’re also working hard to ensure patients can safely access essential support and services to look after your mental health, as well as your physical health during this time.
We don’t need to wait until we are struggling to seek support.
- Discover simple steps to look after your own wellbeing and build your personal action plan to deal with stress and anxiety, boost your mood, improve your sleep and help you feel more in control at www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
- Call the Sussex Mental Healthline on 0300 5000 101 if you are struggling with your mental health to speak to a registered clinicians, at any time of the day or night.
- Young people can visit the new e-wellbeing website for self-help guidance and information about different aspects of mental health difficulties and services in their local area.
- Carers might find Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s ten top tips for family and friend carers useful to help look after their own mental health while caring for others.
Pete was feeling anxious and suffering from low mood at the start of lockdown and accessed support from his local mental health and wellbeing team. He used the website to self-refer and was recommended an online wellbeing course, which he could complete at his own pace.
“I have been feeling anxious with everything that is going on, so I have been reading and following the courses. I have completed the Space for Resilience [course] and I found it really supportive.
“It was straightforward to access through the website, I was able to dip in and out of the course and I reconnected with looking after myself and improving my self-compassion. There was clear and concise information and the personal stories on the course made it real. I liked that there was Mindfulness throughout the course, I practice mindfulness daily and the course body scan exercises were lovely, the speaker had a very calming accent and voice.
“I was able to take part in the range of exercises, but did not feel pressured to complete them. After saving them, it was helpful to go back and read what I had written.
“I will be going back in to look at the other two modules as it was great. I have sent the link to my colleagues as some are [also] feeling anxious.”
We all experience low points at times in our lives, and it’s not unusual to feel sad, anxious, stressed or low in mood. If you feel you may need support – whether that’s through an online course like Pete benefitted from, or through one on one counselling sessions, you can self-refer to your local free NHS service by visiting:
- Brighton and Hove www.brightonandhovewellbeing.org/
- East Sussex www.healthinmind.org.uk
- West Sussex www.sussexcommunity.nhs.uk/services/time-talk-service/
Once a referral has been received, the team will have a conversation with you about what can be offered based on your individual needs.