COVID-19 previous updates - 17 April
17 April 2020
Now more than ever, our mental health matters. Whether it’s dealing with stress, combatting loneliness or looking after your wellbeing, there’s information and support on our website for adults and young people. The Thrive Framework also offers a broad range of mental health support locally.
Public Health England has launched its new Every Mind Matters site (external link) too, which includes brand-new tips and advice from NHS experts specifically for adults. These can support you with looking after your mental and physical wellbeing and supporting your loved ones, while staying at home. It includes the opportunity to create a personalised ‘Mind Plan’ as well as activities, such as breathing exercises and muscle relaxation techniques, which may be helpful to reduce stress, low mood and trouble sleeping.
There’s lots of support for young people too. From school closures, to being separated from friends, missing out on major events and adjusting to the ‘new normal,’ being a young Londoner during the coronavirus outbreak isn’t easy.
Our message to teenagers is - you are not alone and support is available if you are feeling anxious, isolated or disappointed. UNICEF (external link) has shared some top tips to help young people to cope during this challenging time, and the Thrive Framework has support available as well.
Kooth.com (external link) also provides free, online mental health and wellbeing support to 11-18-year olds, and up to 25 years for those with additional needs.
For those who need crisis support, Haringey’s crisis helpline is open 24/7 - 0300 0200 500.
Keeping active during lockdown isn’t the easiest task, but it is important for your physical and mental health and wellbeing - and may help to support you through this difficult time.
If you’re at a loss for inspiration, Sport England have pulled together a wide range of free workouts and activities to keep the whole family active at home.
From high intensity body combat training, to yoga and dancing to Disney, there’s something for everyone - they even have sitting exercises, which are great for all ages, but particularly if you're over 65. So, whether it’s first thing in the morning, a break from the makeshift home-office at lunch, or a way to kick off your Friday night - this content is here for you, when you need it.
Remember, if you do go outside to exercise, please follow the social distancing guidelines, and keep the recommended distance of 2 metres apart from others.
Last night the Government announced that it was extending lockdown for a further three weeks.
That means the message stays the same – please Stay Home, Save Lives.
We want to thank residents who have been following social distancing guidance, only going out for essential work, shopping and daily exercise, and keeping at least two metres apart when they are out.
As the weekend approaches, we would urge you to keep this up – including in our parks and open spaces.
We know this prolonged period at home may be having an impact on people’s mental health, businesses, and daily lives. Our Haringey Together pages include help for businesses, information for young people, support for those who need it – from emergency food packages to having someone to talk to – and help for mental health and wellbeing.
There is also information on how you can help your community – whether that’s through donations, or by volunteering your time.
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