With the world around us changing and access to support networks such as friends, family and, in many cases, work limited, it is important for us to be able to share some services that may be of benefit. It is okay not to be okay but it’s also important to realise that there is help out there to support you from a health and wellbeing perspective, particularly in terms of your mental health.
Public Health England has produced its ‘One You’ website which is a one stop shop of mental and physical guidance that features apps, workout videos and much more.
There is a great page created by ‘Live Well NHS’ that includes a number of healthy lifestyle tips such as exercise, how to stay active and a number of healthy eating recipes.
Clic is a mental health support network and community that offers online help including videos, leaflets and support contacts. There is also a discussion forum where you can talk to people about a shared experience and live Q&As (Mental Health UK / Rethink).
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
If you are suffering from joint pain and need some practical help then this NHS backed resource will give you some very useful advice. Much treatment can be delivered virtually and this site is a good place to go for advice about a range of joint pain from hip and shoulder to hand and foot. A tremendous resource for musculoskeletal advice.
British Nutrition Foundation - Ramadan
A great resource about how to about how you can observe Ramadan but keep yourself healthy. The site talks about how to fast whilst keeping hydrated, how to do it safely with Diabetes and many more hints and tips.
Resources from NHS England
The government has provided information and guidance on what financial support may be available to you. You can also access the following:
Step Change provides free advice and practical solutions on debt and how it affects you.
The Money Charity aims to help people to better manage their money.
Money Saving Expert has dedicated financial information for COVID-19 including:
The Debt Advice Foundation is a registered national debt advice and education charity offering free, confidential support and advice to anyone worried about loans, credit and debt.
Refuge is the UK's largest single provider of domestic and gender-based violence services.
The National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge, is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.
Relate provides relationship support for people of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations.
Carers UK supports carers through expert advice, information and support. Read the charity's advice on:
Keeping Active at Home
It can be difficult to keep fit and healthy if you’re self-isolating at home. The attached booklet ‘Active at Home’ has been developed by the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine and is aimed more at the elderly and those who are shielding. There’s lots of advice about how to keep your spirits up, get a good night’s sleep, stay independent, reduce the risk of falls, keep a healthy weight and much more. See the document below:
Support for Children and Young People who need mental health support
The leaflet below from Joined Up Care Derbyshire is a useful summary of support services for children and young people. Many have experienced stress and anxiety during the pandemic, so it’s important they know where to go for help.