Everyone’s routines have been turned upside down by Covid-19 and it can be a very hard time for people who have mental health issues because of the anxious and uncertain lives we are living.
On 18th of March, sadly, a young girl takes her own life after facing the nightmare of what this pandemic was creating for her. Her family say she had fears about isolation.
Battling mental health can be made easier with a constant and steady routine but that has all changed and ground to a halt with lockdown.
“we are not made for isolation”
Helplines across the United Kingdom are seeing their services spiking and the demand for support with many people calling in for the first time to get support.
For those living alone or having to take themselves into self-isolation it can be a very worrying time.
The government is giving advice to those struggling with mental health problems during the pandemic of the Coronavirus [covid19]
- maintain contact with friends and family via telephone and video calls or social media
- keep a regular routine and sleeping pattern
- focus on a hobby or learn something new
People struggling will also be offered additional online support and practical guidance to help them cope.
Helpful tips will be given out by Public Health England on how to maintain healthy wellbeing and advice offered to parents and carers on how to care for their children’s mental health.
— Public Health England (@PHE_uk) April 1, 2020
🏡Looking after your mental health while at home:
1. Plan your day
2. Move more every day
3. Try a relaxation technique
4. Connect with others
5. Take time to reflect and practice self-compassion
— Mental Health Fdn (@mentalhealth) April 2, 2020
Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have endorsed plans to help with the mental health effects which will be caused by the virus and they urge the nation to look after themselves in these unique times.
The stigma around this topic over the last decade has rapidly decreased and became less of a taboo with the idea of internal struggles being widely accepted by society. The growing statistics of who is affected is shown below.
“The mental health impact of the pandemic is going to last longer than the physical health impact”
Dr Antonis Kousoulis, the Mental Health Foundation’s research director.
While many of us are staying home and self isolating some key workers are venturing out everyday and doing there part for the local community, One of them is student and key worker, Kira Wait.