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Supporting mental health during lockdown

Date Published: 29 January 2021
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Rutland County Council are giving their support to the nation’s Every Mind Matters campaign, to support mental health and wellbeing.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many different challenges and obstacles for families and individuals, there is no doubt that it has caused uncertainty, loneliness and increased stresses for many.

Every Mind Matters has an abundance of resources, practical tips and advice to help promote positive mental wellbeing. Rutland County Council will be sharing these resources and encouraging people to seek help and support, if they need it.

Every Mind Matters has launched a free ‘Mind Plan’ interactive quiz that has been tailored to the COVID-19 outbreak and provides tips and advice on how to manage your mood. The quiz can be accessed through the NHS website.

There is also dedicated information and advice for children and young adults, designed to help them to stay mentally healthy. With the national lockdown still in place, children and young adults may be struggling with having to stay at home and away from their friends. They may also be dealing with family problems, loss or changes to their living situation. 

The Every Mind Matters Campaign highlights these challenging scenarios and provides free support: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/childrens-mental-health.

“A huge number of people have experienced anxiety, fear and emotional distress because of the pandemic. Many have lost jobs, livelihoods and even family members. Even just being isolated at home causes difficulties and many of us are now experiencing poorer mental wellbeing as a result. Looking after our mental wellbeing is more important than ever. We must ensure that we are looking after children and young adults, who may be finding it difficult to explain how they feel, seek help or understand how to look after themselves. We are fully behind the Every Mind Matters campaign and urge anyone who may be struggling to get in touch and access the support available.”
Councillor Alan Walters, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care

Anyone in Rutland who needs urgent mental health support should call the local NHS Mental Health Central Access Point on: 0808 800 3302. This free service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information, visit: www.leicspart.nhs.uk/contact/urgent-help.

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