Public Health England issue updated resource for looking after your mental health

The coronavirus pandemic and the re-introduction of tighter restrictions may bring mixed and fluctuating feelings. You may have just started to resume the things you enjoy like playing sports, getting back to work, seeing friends and family (even at a social distance).

There will now be changes to these activities and you will have to adapt routines you may have just started to develop. See more:

Central Bedfordshire Resource for looking after your mental health

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If you are in need of crisis support, Mental Health services in Luton and Bedfordshire are here to support you

Mental Health flowchart Luton and Bedfordshire                 Mental Health Crisis Support Luton and Bedfordshire

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Samaritans nationally has partnered with Shout, Mind, Hospice UK and The Royal Foundation to launch Our Frontline, round-the-clock one-to-one support service for health, care, emergency and key workers.

As frontline health, care, emergency and key workers, you put yourself at physical risk as you form our frontline against the coronavirus. You are also putting your mental health under pressure. We want to help make sure you get the right support with your mental health, both now and in the future.

Our Frontline offers round-the-clock one-to-one support, by call or text, from trained volunteers, plus resources, tips and ideas to look after your mental health.

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How are charities and other organisations helping us during the Covid-19 Pandemic? 

  • Bipolar UK https://www.bipolaruk.org/blog/key-links-to-help-you-during-the-covid-19-pandemic
  • ELFT is offering a range of free and confidential talking therapies and specialist support through its Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service: www.bedfordshirewellbeingservice.nhs.uk or 01234 880400 – telephone line open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm – online link available 24/7.
  • Mind BLMK has announced its plans to adapt their current range of support for people and organisations across Bedfordshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes during this current climate.
  • Rethink Mental Illness has some advice for people severely affected by mental illness & their carers during the Covid-19 Pandemic: https://www.rethink.org/news-and-stories/blogs/2020/03/covid-19-advice-for-people-severely-affected-by-mental-illness-carers/
  • Food can affect your mood! There is a link between what we eat and how we feel so it’s important to have a healthy, balanced diet for both your body and mind. Eating well doesn’t have to be expensive. Try these sites for brain food on a budget:
  • Coping as a keyworker – when you’re busy doing important work, it might not feel possible to take care of yourself. But even doing small things for yourself can make a big difference to your mental wellbeing, and there are lots of ideas you can try. National Mind now have a page dedicated to coping as a keyworker
  • Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service is still offering support, including CBT and counselling via Webex or telephone as usual. Anyone can self-refer via the website: www.bedfordshirewellbeingservice.nhs.uk
  • Samaritans volunteers can continue going into branches. We know that social isolation will impact many people and our volunteers will now be able to continue to respond to the anticipated extra demand. Our free call number is 116 123.  We are open 24 hrs.  Email service also available (although response times maybe longer, but we do our best to reply within 24 hours) jo@samaritans.org 
  • Carers in Bedfordshire are still here for carers. They are still also accepting new referrals. Please call their telephone support service on 0300 111 1919 between 9.30am and 4.30pm, or visit their website.