COVID-19 advice: Stay positive and creative

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Stay positive and look after your mental wellbeing

    Dealing with stress? Focus on what’s in your control

    During the COVID-19 outbreak, all of us will experience some level of increased stress. Some of us will be affected as we adjust to our ‘new normal’, others may have worries about paying bills, and some may be anxious about the future and how it may look like.

    Whilst stress is a perfectly normal and healthy reaction in the body and mind to some type of threat - when facing ongoing threats and challenges, it becomes something quite different. 

    Dr Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap (external link), suggests there is something simple that you can do: “...the single most useful thing anyone can do in any type of crisis – coronavirus-related or otherwise – is to: focus on what’s in your control.

    The more you focus on what you can control, the more clearly you can understand that not everything is out of control. London’s digital wellbeing service, Good Thinking (external link), has access to a free app called My Possible Self  (external link) which can help guide you in this process.

    We’re working with hundreds of London’s health, care, charity, education and business organisations through Thrive LDN (external link) to ensure the mental health of Londoners remains a priority.

    NHS England has released new guidance for those with learning disabilities which provides useful information to help support mental health and wellbeing:

    See also: Safe Haven Helpline for those who need support in a crisis. A safe, confidential helpline for anyone living in, or who have an existing GP, in Haringey and is aged 18+. 

    Dealing with loneliness

    During the coronavirus outbreak, for many people there will be a tough, but necessary period of social isolation. Many of us will miss seeing family and friends and taking part in our usual hobbies, interests and activities.

    At this time, it’s especially important we stay in touch with people who are alone.

    Campaign to End Loneliness have published lots of advice and tips (external link) about dealing with isolation and tackling loneliness during the current outbreak.

    Some people may benefit from a more formal social arrangement such as befriending, where you are matched with a befriender who can either contact you via phone or in person.

    Charities such as Age UK (external link)Independent Age (external link) and Sense (external link) offer these services. The Befriending Network has a directory of services in the UK. This can be a good option if you find leaving your home difficult.

    Community Connectors (external link) and Navigators can help you find local services, groups and activities that suit you. These may help you with your loneliness and improve your health and wellbeing more broadly. Talk to your GP about how to access these services.

    Useful websites and resources

    If you are worried about coronavirus and how it may affect you, there are many websites with tips and advice to help you through this difficult period. Some of these are:

    • Good Thinking (external link)an online resource which provides digital mental wellbeing support for adults in London. They have dedicated pages to offer support throughout the coronavirus outbreak.
    • Our Haringey Wellbeing Network now operates via telephone and email: 07508 511 128 |
    • MIND (external link)
      • Residents: the charity has a dedicated page on their website to support those struggling with mental wellness during the outbreak. Their regular services remain open and staff are staying in touch with people by phone and email: 020 8340 2474 |
      • Key Workers: in response to COVID-19, MIND is offering free counselling for Key Workers in Haringey. Get in touch with their counselling team to sign up. Email: or call: 07956 369 729
    • Public Health England guidance (external link): PHE has published guidance for the public on how to manage the mental health challenges of COVID-19. It includes sections concerning people with learning disabilities, autism and dementia, as well as how to deal with mental health crises or emergencies at this time.
    • Every Mind Matters - NHS online Support (external link)the online hub has some useful tips and advice for taking care of your mental wellbeing and physical health whilst staying at home during the outbreak. 
    • Young Minds (external link): a platform providing dedicated mental health support and advice to young people who are anxious, concerned or stressed following the coronavirus outbreak. 
    • Mencap (external link)A charity working with people with a learning disability – and their families and carers. 
    • UNICEF (external link) has shared some top tips to help young people to cope during this challenging time.
    • Thrive Framework offers a broad range of mental health support locally. For those who need crisis support, Haringey’s crisis helpline is open 24/7 - 0300 0200 500.
    • Kooth (external link) provides free, online mental health and wellbeing support to 11-18-year olds, and up to 25 years for those with additional needs.
    • Cruse website (external link): the bereavement care charity Cruse is helping families affected by coronavirus. You can find a broad range of guidance, including easy read fact sheets online. You can also contact the charity’s free national helpline on 0808 808 1677 or email them at
    • SHOUT (external link)the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help
    • MHST Telephone Support Line: a team of Mental Health Practitioners is available to listen and support with worries and emotions. The service is open to all Haringey Schools to support children / young people, parents/ carers, school staff from 9am-3pm Monday-Friday. Tel: 0208 702 6035 from 9am-3pm Monday-Friday or email:
    • Hope Again (external link): a service providing support for children and young people going through bereavement
    • Suicide bereavement support service (external link): Rethink Mental Illness provides support to those bereaved by suicide who live, work or study in the London boroughs of Haringey, Camden, Islington, Barnet and Enfield.
    • Haringey’s Educational Psychology Service has put together some information to help parents and guardians support their children through a bereavement or traumatic incident during this difficult time:  Bereavement Guide for Families (PDF, 288KB)
    • Healthy London Partnership - A mental health toolkit for schools (external link): Resources relating to COVID-19 including guides to help manage mental health, advice guides and personal stories from organisations aiming to support better mental health and wellbeing for children and young people.

    PHE Active at Home – Booklet for older adults

    A booklet developed to support older people and those who are shielded to be active and healthy at home.

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    Keep learning

    Black History Haringey 365

    Black History Haringey 365Haringey’s black communities have made, and continue to make, a significant contribution to all aspects life in Haringey, London, the UK and beyond, through politics, culture, education and community activism, making history every day. 

    We are capturing these contributions through our Black History Haringey 365 webpages where you will find lots to explore: events, crafts, learning, quizzes, 600 years of Haringey’s black history and lots more… 365 days a year!

    Museum and Archives

    Our phased approach to reopening Bruce Castle Museum and Archive is to make sure that we act safely. We are pleased to say that our Search Room has reopened to the public and is now open for bookings.

    See the Archive and Local History page to read about our Search Room procedures and booking requirements.

    Our local history emails

    We are sending out Our Local History Post by email, delving into Bruce Castle Museum's archives and collections and sharing Haringey’s fascinating heritage with you.

    Why not find out more about the borough where you live and the history of our communities?

    Connecting with the Castle: Online Gallery

    Whilst we were working remotely from home, we have thought of other ways to connect with our visitors. You can connect with Bruce Castle through our new online gallery. The gallery is a space for people, young and old, to take inspiration from our collections, share their mementoes and exhibit some of their own artistic responses to Bruce Castle and other local themes.

    Haringey Adult Learning Service (HALS) Online

    HALS is fully up and running as an online service and all courses are FREE. 

    Our libraries

    See all details about which libraries are open and all services available during COVID-19.

    Online offer

    There is a lot on offer online, we have e-books and audio books as well as our learning and research pages which include:

    • Online newspapers and magazines
    • Help for you to practice for your Theory Driving test
    • Prepare for the British Citizenship test
    • Learn more about running your business with COBRA
    • Support your learning with a range of Oxford Reference tools

    We are continually improving and expanding our online library service, so if you would like to get updates on our new online services, please use this e-form to contact us.

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    Stay creative

    Circus and movement skills provided by Jacksons Lane

    Jacksons Lane in Highgate is one of Haringey’s flagship arts venues. 

    JL Circus workshops are:

    • free
    • inclusive
    • delivered by professional circus artists
    • open to young people aged 4 -18

    All activities take place in venues and park spaces across Haringey during term time or online when necessary. Find out more on the JL website (external link).

    Made by Tottenham

    For creative sector-specific news, activities and opportunities, you can follow @madebytottenham on Instagram and sign up to the 'Made by Tottenham' newsletter (external link).

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    July 19, 2021

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