Warrington Borough Council and the NHS is encouraging people look after their mental health and wellbeing.
A new campaign has launched across Cheshire and Merseyside, with people being urged to be kind to their minds during the coronavirus outbreak.
The ‘Kind to your mind’ campaign aims to support people who live and work in Warrington, by providing a suite of mental and physical wellbeing resources, available on the kindtoyourmind.org website.
Resources will include a series of podcasts, featuring interviews with experts, covering topics such as building resilience, mental health, nutrition, physical activity and sleep.
It is understandable for people to feel concerned at this time and it is important for us to take steps to look after our mental wellbeing, as well as our physical health. Having a sense of connection and community is important – try to keep in touch with friends and family by telephone, email, video calls or social media.
Cllr Maureen McLaughlin, cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “Most people are likely to be feeling stressed or anxious at this difficult time, as we make major changes to how we live and work. It’s ok to feel vulnerable and overwhelmed, especially if you have had a mental health problem in the past, or if you have a long-term physical health condition which makes you more vulnerable to the effects of the coronavirus.
“It is more important than ever that we look after our mental wellbeing and encourage others to do the same. Try and reassure people you know who may be worried, offering to listen can make a big difference, and check in with people who you know are living alone.”
“We need to ensure we’re doing all we can to keep ourselves and others healthy, whether we are staying at home, or key workers carrying out vital roles in helping our most vulnerable people.”
To support to the launch of the campaign, new telephone helplines have been set up to offer urgent mental health support. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, support is available via a 24/7 dedicated crisis line – 01925 275 309.
North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has launched the crisis line to provide support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to people of all ages, including children and young people, who need urgent mental health support.
For the latest information on coronavirus in Warrington, please visit warrington.gov.uk/coronavirus.