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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 home schooling.
Whilst stress is 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:
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 | HaringeyWellbeingNetwork@mih.org.uk
- 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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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: email@example.com 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.
- NHS Go: a free NHS app designed for young people aged 16 to 24 years. It provides confidential health advice and information health and wellbeing, mental health, sex and relationships, healthy eating and puberty. Get the NHSGO app:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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: Behemail@example.com
- Hope Again (external link): a service providing support for children and young people going through bereavement
- Suicide prevention and bereavement support service (external link): Launched alongside Rethink Mental Illness, the local service is for people aged 18+ who are currently experiencing suicidal thoughts or have experienced suicidal feelings in the past. Free phone 08088 02 00 80. For support or use the text message service on: 07860 058 793. Lines are open Monday, Wednesday, Friday (6pm - 8pm) and Sunday (6pm - 9pm)
- 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)
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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Museum and Archives
Our remote-working staff at Bruce Castle Museum and Archives are ensuring you can still access its wealth of history.
With the venue now closed to the public until further notice, they’ll be delving into the archives to share Haringey’s heritage with you via daily mailouts and news updates.
Daily local history emails
The Museum and Archive is sending out a Daily Local History Post by email, delving into its 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 are all at home we have been busy thinking of ways to connect with our visitors. One of the ways you can connect with Bruce Castle is 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 until July 2020. We are running a full programme of all our normal courses, plus a few new ones, to keep your mind active during the lockdown..
Even though libraries are closed 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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We Are Here: A Social Distancing Family Festival
We Are Here (external link) is a family friendly social distancing doorstep festival all about celebrating families in lockdown. Brought to you by Haringey based Groundswell Arts and packed with family-friendly creative activities.
ArtHouse Crouch End: Haringey Film Music and Art Festival
ArtHouse Crouch End (external link) are celebrating Haringey, its people, its diversity, its creativity and its potential. Streaming online, ArtHouse Crouch End will have a variety of events spanning the arts all with one focus... Haringey! Anyone from Haringey, or who has a film relating to Haringey, can send a submission by the end of May 2020.
When We Grow Up: Creative Workshops for Children
Hanna Benihoud (external link) is an artist who lives and works in Tottenham. Hanna has launched When We Grow Up, a project which includes creative workshops for school children. She is working remotely with pupils from Gladesmore Primary School in N15 but everyone is welcome to do the activities and get creative.
Print at Home ‘Quaranzine’ with creative activities for all ages
Tottenham-based Bud Studio (external link) made a Quaranzine to entertain you during lockdown. You can download it on their website or ask for one to be posted to you if you don’t have a printer.
Weekly Quarantine Play Manual from El Warcha
Quarantine Play Manual (external link) is a playful DIY activity to be creative at home during the lockdown, inspired by design and architecture. El Warcha is a collaborative design studio working in Tottenham and internationally.
Circus and Movement Skills provided by Jackson's Lane
Jacksons Lane in Highgate is one of Haringey’s flagship arts venues and even during quarantine, they are still offering activities, including #JLShorts: a channel of short, creative tutorials teaching circus and movement skills, which can be practised from the comfort of home.
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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Stay active with Spurs
Spurs have launched a series of video home workouts delivered by the coaches on the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.
With gyms and leisure centres across the country now closed and social distancing measures introduced, this is a great way for family members of all ages to keep active at home.
Spurs coaches Adam, Belvin and Katrina bring you video workouts, that require little or no equipment and can be done in your living room or garden. Each exercise contains difficulty variations, so you can adapt to your own ability.
‘Shape Up With Spurs’ is a free programme usually delivered at community centres within the Tottenham area to promote health and wellbeing amongst local residents. But now, owing to the coronavirus outbreak, the programme has moved online to help support the community to stay at home to protect our most vulnerable people, and the NHS.
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