Your health and wellbeing
It is totally understandable to feel stressed, overwhelmed, fearful or anxious during this current crisis.
Managing your stress and psychological health is as important as your physical health. Taking care of your basic needs and employing helpful coping strategies are top priorities.
Visit Berkshire Healthcare website for advice and support to help you.
Your child’s health and wellbeing
Your child may be feeling anxious and worried with so much uncertainty at this time.
Even very young children can be upset by the change of routine and pick up on the anxiety of those around them.
This is all very normal and it’s important that we do all we can to support children and young people through this difficult time. Visit Berkshire Healthcare website for advice on how to support your child
There also many resources available to help explain Coronavirus to children.
Helping you to cope
You can find resources to help and support you during the current pandemic on our coping during Coronavirus page.
Talking Therapies is an NHS service available to residents of Wokingham Borough. It offers support if you are struggling with challenges like depression, stress, anxiety and phobias. To access the service you need to be 17 years or above and be registered with a Berkshire GP practice. You can refer yourself to the service or discuss your concerns with your GP who can also refer you to the service.
Visit the Talking Therapies website for further information.
To contact the service, call 0300 365 2000 or email email@example.com.
The media and your mental health
In times of uncertainty it’s natural to experience increased feelings of anxiety or worry, particularly when we're faced with a constant stream of news and information.
Consider limiting your intake. The media can be all-consuming and many of us may find ourselves constantly refreshing, reading and re-reading content. This can increase the focus and anxiety around the virus and uncertainty.
Follow these top tips to limit your intake:
- Don’t be afraid to mute or unfollow people that are posting unhelpful information or that you find increases your anxiety
- Turn off notifications for media outlets and engage on a more planned basis
- If you feel you’re becoming consumed, try and practice some mindfulness. The app Headspace is a good place to start.
- Fill your news feeds with positive news.
Many outlets are sharing positive stories and messages:
Stay up to date using trusted information. The best places to follow for up to date official information are:
If you’re sharing other information on social media or with friends/family, think about the impact it may have on others. If in doubt, follow the three rules – is it true? Do you know the reputable source? Is it kind? Is it useful?
Apps to support mental wellbeing
Insight timer app provides a large range of guided exercises to manage stress, anxiety and improve sleep
Mindshift CBT app helps you understand what anxiety is, learn to relax and develop more effective ways of thinking to actively manage your anxiety.
Feartools app helps with generalised anxiety disorder, phobias and social anxiety.
Pzizz app calms your mind to aid sleep.
Apps for Children and Young People
Chill Panda app helps with relaxation and to manage worries. This app is for children aged 6 – 12 years to be used with support from a parent or carer.
Clear Fear app helps with relaxation and mindfulness. This app is for children aged 11-19 years with support from parent or carer.
Molehill Mountain app helps to manage anxiety for young people with autism.
Combined Minds app helps family and friends of a young person who has been diagnosed with a mental health condition.
The NHS website has a list of national mental health helplines and information and an apps library.
Elefriends is a supportive online community run by MIND
Mind is a mental health charity that offers help and support.
Cruse offers bereavement support if you have lost a loved one.