Mental Health and Wellbeing
We've put together a range of mental health advice and guidance:
Back to school resource pack
Coronavirus has had a dramatic and rapid impact across the UK, communities are locked down and schools have been closed to all but vulnerable and key worker children. The impact of this experience will be seen in the months and years to come. Research on the impacts of previous pandemics has shown that we can expect an increase in anxiety, trauma, post-traumatic stress, and a decrease in confidence and educational attainment.
Oxme asked 16 to18 year olds in Oxfordshire what they were most worried about. Three areas were highlighted: next steps, anxiety and sleep, and loneliness. In response to this, they have gathered some key resources, as well as details of local support available to help.
This pack has been produced in response to the Coronavirus pandemic by MUDDY FEET® in partnership with Cherwell District Council.
Public Health England - wellbeing advice
Public Health England (PHE) has launched new advice on wellbeing to protect people's mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.
The guidance encourages people to keep in contact with family and friends by phone or social media and stick to a regular routine and sleeping pattern amongst other things.
During these difficult and unusual times changes in the way we all live, and work is impacting on both our mental health and sleep. Be kind to yourself, prioritising sleep is as important as ever.During these difficult and unusual times changes in the way we all live, and work is impacting on both our mental health and sleep. Be kind to yourself, prioritising sleep is as important as ever.
NHS Sleep Apps and Support Tools
Sleepio Sleepio is an online sleep improvement programme for people living in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. It has been clinically proven to help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep through the night, and give you more energy during the day, if you follow the programme correctly. The programme is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBTi). You can use it to learn cognitive techniques to help tackle the racing mind and behavioural strategies to help reset sleeping patterns naturally, without relying on sleeping pills.
NHS - Mindfulness
Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing. The NHS have put together some information to help you achieve this. You can also check your mood using their simple mood self-assessment quiz.
Oxford Mindfulness Centre
The Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC) is offering weekly online mindfulness sessions, open to those who feel they would benefit.
These sessions are completely free and open to the general public, meaning you do not need prior mindfulness experience or practice to take part. Each session will also be available as a free podcast shortly after for anyone who missed the live session or wishes to practice again.
Oxfordshire Mind has produced some information to help you cope if you’re feeling anxious or worried and some advice on dealing with staying at home and avoiding public places.
Every Mind matters
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak means that life is changing for all of us for a while. It may cause you to feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, lonely or frustrated. Every mind matters have put together 10 tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus.
5 Ways to Wellbeing
Evidence suggests there are 5 steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life.
Covid-19: How to respond constructively
The COVID-19 pandemic is putting the wellbeing of millions of people at risk. At this difficult time for the global community we can each play a vital role in helping to reduce the impact and look after ourselves and each other.
Mental health quiz and personalised plan
Answer the five questions in this interactive quiz to get top tips and advice for you
Mental Health at Work
Coronavirus and isolation; supporting yourself and your colleagues
My Whole Self
My Whole Self aims to create a healthier working culture built on respect and collaboration. We’re encouraging employers to create a culture where people can be themselves at work. Whether online or in person, bringing your whole self to work is a mindset that’s better for mental wellbeing and better for business.