Coronavirus: Mental health and wellbeing
When we think of coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) we immediately think of physical health. However, it's important to also consider the impact that this could have on our thoughts and emotions, alongside our overall mental health and wellbeing.
There is no doubt that there are many online mental health and wellbeing resources circulating the internet and different social media platforms. During the current self-isolation, social distancing and lockdown period that we all find ourselves in, these supports can be crucial in supporting us all find our way through this.
However, it can also feel daunting and overwhelming when bombarded by too much information.
This webpage gives access to various local and national agencies that support those with mental health and wellbeing. This page also has links to reading material, self help techniques and some helpful videos that help us acknowledge and understand how self-isolation is or can impact on how we feel.
The FACE COVID - How to respond effectively to corona crisis YouTube video gives a great explanation about how fear and anxiety are both inevitable when we face a crisis as well as giving advice on the practical steps we can take to help deal with these feelings.
Having said that, if you feel that what is available on this site is not enough and you may need more specialist advise, please contact your GP by telephone or contact 111 out of office hours. If you know someone who does not have access to the internet but would find some of these things helpful, then please help them to use the materials in whatever ways would work for them.
If you are worried someone is feeling suicidal, it is important to remember the following things.
If the concern is urgent, dial 999. Keep them safe and keep yourself safe.
If a person has suicidal thoughts, let them know you care. Encourage them to talk to someone they trust. They may find it helpful to talk to their GP or NHS 24 (111). They could also phone one of the helplines below:
- Breathing Space: 0800 83 85 87
- Samaritans: 116 123
- Childline: 0800 1111
If you are worried about the safety or the welfare of any person living in Perth & Kinross, please contact Social Work on 0345 3011120