Mental health and wellbeing
Are you feeling worried or anxious?
Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. Here are 10 tips to help with stress, anxiety, worry or any other difficult feelings you may be experiencing during the current coronavirus situation.
It's important that you maintain contact with your support networks, whether that is through social network sites, email, text, calls etc and share how you are feeling.
You can find a guide to making video calls here.
Friendship line is available
Feeling lonely or a bit out of sorts? Local charity PramaLife has a friendship line for older people who need someone to chat to. There is a group of local volunteers who will be happy to listen, or talk about whatever is on your mind.
Call: 01202 022987
Do you need help?
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis or urgently needs help and support there are options:
- Samaritans - you can call them for free 24/7 on 116 123
- NHS - call 111
- Childline – for children and young people under 19 - call 0800 1111
- You can call your GP and ask for an emergency appointment (this will likely be a telephone conversation due to coronavirus restrictions)
- National support, advice and information
- call our community helpline on 0300 1237052 or complete our online form
- Connection - Dorset’s 24/7 mental health helpline - 0300 123 5440
- Kooth - free, safe and anonymous online support for young people
- Give us a shout - a 24/7 help service - text 85258
In a life-threatening situation
If you have seriously harmed yourself or know someone who has, call 999 and ask for an ambulance. You may also need to ask for the police.
You can go to A&E directly if you need immediate help and are worried about your safety. For example if you think you're at risk of taking your own life or seriously hurting yourself.
Improving your wellbeing
App for mindfulness every day
Headspace is available both online and as an app. It provides you with guided meditations and animations and videos to teach you the benefits of meditation. It also includes hundreds of articles on:
- Sleep and waking up
- Stress and anxiety
- Movement and healthy living
Having trouble sleeping?
Stress, worry and anxiety can all lead to sleep problems. Every Mind Matters have come up with some top tips to get you to sleep and sleep better:
- Keep regular sleep hours
- Create a restful environment
- Move more, sleep better
- Confront sleeplessness
- Write down your worries
- Put down the pick-me-ups
Find more sleep advice and information
Public Health Dorset
Find more mental health services from Public Health Dorset and partners including Access Mental Health, Dorset HealthCare, Steps 2 Wellbeing, Dorset Mental Health Forum and more.
Looking after your mental health at home
Mental Health Foundation have tips to look after yourself whilst you stay at home such as:
- Plan your day
- Move more every day
- Try relaxation techniques
- Connect with others
- Take time to reflect and practice self-compassion
Free wellbeing virtual class
Join Sonja Lockyer every weekday live at 8am for 20 minutes of "calm, clarity and wellbeing". The free wellbeing session consists of yoga, meditation and tools of breath and is suitable for all the family. Book your class now.
LiveWell Dorset have put together some tips to improve your emotional wellbeing, including the power of fake laughing (yes you read that right!) They also have put together a Five Ways Challenge to ensure we are all taking care of our wellbeing during this difficult time
Take the NHS Every Mind Matters (one you) quiz to get started today with a free plan, expert advice and practical tips on looking after your mental health.
Five steps to mental wellbeing
Visit the NHS website ‘5 steps to mental wellbeing‘. Evidence suggests there are five steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life.