As we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week which this year has a theme of kindness it seems right to reflect on the situation we are in and the way our sector and those in the community have stepped up to show kindness and compassion to others at this time.
I never cease to be amazed by the ideas and support that can be delivered locally and in the pandemic we have seen a huge amount of new approaches to do things differently from the establishment of Warwickshire Scrubbers who have worked to provide PPE to the NHS and other care providers, the mutual aid groups volunteering in their communities and the next door neighbours walking a dog and doing shopping.
One friend said to me the weekly clap for the NHS and other care givers has enabled them to meet more of their neighbours than they had in over 10 years living in their road.
We are all having to adapt to doing things differently, coping with the new world of virtual catch ups and meetings and living with less of the hustle and bustle of normal routine. We also face the fear of the unknown and what we should be doing to beat this virus.
At this time more than ever our mental health is so important so here are some tips to keeping well from the mental health foundation
Plan your day
Move more every day
Try a relaxation technique
Connect with others
Take time to reflect and practice self-compassion
Improve your sleep
Read more here - https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/staying-at-home
There are a range of fantastic organisations supporting mental health locally and you can find out more on our directory here - https://www.wcava.org.uk/directory-of-mental-health-provision
Our colleagues at WCC have also put together a mental health support resource - https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/mentalhealth
Only in times of darkness do we truly see the stars. We are cheering you on!
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