Children, Families and Staff
Children – Families – Parenting – Staff Wellbeing – Looking after yourself – Financial, Housing or Unemployment worries
What are mental health problems?
In many ways, mental health is just like physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it.
Good mental health means being generally able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life. But if you go through a period of poor mental health you might find the ways you’re frequently thinking, feeling or reacting become difficult, or even impossible, to cope with. This can feel just as bad as a physical illness, or even worse.
Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year. They range from common problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.MIND Mental Health, an introduction https://www.mind.org.uk/
Now during restricted times for Covid 19 we find ourselves potentially unable to meet up with people who we would normally ‘talk through things’ or who we feel support us in our daily lives.
Children, Families and Parenting
“Recognising the signs that a child may be struggling with their mental health can be really hard. We’ve got advice to help you support children who may be experiencing depression, anxiety, suicidal feelings or self-harm”.NSPCC https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/childrens-mental-health/
You can find more ways to help your child with their mental health at NSPCC: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/childrens-mental-health/
Mental wellbeing is different for every person in different families. Some top tips for everyday living can be found here at MIND: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/wellbeing/wellbeing/
Relax and reduce stress – Find ways to learn and be creative – Spend time in nature – Connect with others – Look after your physical health – Try to get enough sleep
Parenting can become more difficult at this time if your mental health is suffering. MIND offer lots of advice through this webpage: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/parenting-with-a-mental-health-problem/parenting-and-mental-health/#CopingWithTheEverydayChallengesOfParenting
“It feels like you are on the outside of your family looking in. You so desperately want to feel part of it but can’t find a way to.”MIND https://www.mind.org.uk/
If you are not sure where to go to for help at this time and you need help for yourself or your family at this time, please speak to a member of staff at Abington Pre-School or GAPS and we will do our best to help connect you with the right people and groups.
“One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.”World Health Organisation https://www.who.int/
Staff Wellbeing and Mindfulness
Keeping yourself well at work can be hard but MIND offer some advice on how to take care of yourself: https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/mental-health-at-work/
Five ways to help yourself:
Connect – Be Active – Take Notice – Learn – Give
Make time to talk to your manager or another member of staff if you feel you need help at work or at home. We will also try and connect you with groups or people who can help you.
Looking after yourself
Take time to look after yourself as much as possible. The Mental Health Foundation offer this advice to how you can help yourself every day. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/look-after-your-mental-health-and-wellbeing-when-staying-home
Plan your day – Move more every day – Try a relaxing technique – Connect with others – Take time to reflect – Improve your sleep
Stay away from continuous news and stay connected to the people that matter – read more of our tips for looking after your mental health during the epidemic.Mental Health Organisation https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/
Financial, Housing and Unemployment worries
If you need advice about financial, housing or unemployment worries you can find information at the Mental Health Organisation website: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/finance-housing-and-unemployment-worries-during-coronavirus-outbreak
Adviceline is a national phone service operated by Citizens Advice. You can contact an Adviceline adviser on 03444 111 444 (Text relay: 03444 111 445)
Samaritans: 116 123
Mind: 0300 123 3393
Papyrus (for people under 35): 0800 068 4141
The Silver Line (for older people): 0800 4 70 80 90
Anxiety UK: 08444 775 774