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I first became aware of Covid 19 back in early March 2020. I was travelling back from a short break when I heard Matt Hancock announce the breaking news that in the coming weeks older adults would be asked to self – isolate for a “very long time”.

Little did I realise at that time how the spread of the virus would unfold worldwide and the devastating impact it would have on the human race, especially our mental health and wellbeing.

As early as the 31 March 2020, we were receiving reports of a significant rise in anxiety and depression amongst the UK population. Bereavement, isolation, loss of income and fear triggering and putting a further strain on our mental health.

Many of us have realised the benefits of physical exercise and the results can be visible in a short space of time. Looking after our mental health and wellbeing has never been more important and can increase our resilience. Imagine us treating self – care in the same way? Think of it as going to the gym for the mind!

There is a lot of information available out there on the web about looking after your mental health.

I think the link below is both helpful and informative. Discussing common feelings people might experience during a pandemic and what you can do to manage those.

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/difficult-feelings-about-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

If you find yourself struggling with your mental health please contact your GP who can put you in touch with free services that can help you.

If you are in crisis you can telephone Samaritans new free helpline on 116 123 they offer round the clock support every single day of the year. There is nothing like talking to someone about how you feel.

A mental health service triage can also be accessed by dialling 111 and on line at  www.111.nhs.uk. If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency dial 999

If you think you are unable to keep yourself safe please attend a local Accident and Emergency Department or call 999.

Lorraine Lowe

Lorraine Lowe

Lorraine is a fully qualified and accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with 35 years experience. She is also a a fully accredited member of The British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies. (BABCP). I am fully registered member of the General Social Care council.

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