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Looking after your mental health

The outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected all our lives and understandably many people will be feeling very anxious at the moment.

Islington Life, Islington Council’s online magazine, has advice for taking care of your mental health. If you’re feeling anxious, under too much stress, having trouble sleeping, or struggling to cope support is available from these resources:

  • Age UK Islington offers practical support for people aged 50 and over
  • Anxiety UK can help if you are feeling anxious, they have online support groups and access to webinars
  • Body and Soul offer support and coping strategies to young people and crisis support for frontline NHS staff
  • Citizens Advice Islington can help you if you are struggling and need practical advice
  • Good Thinking is an NHS approved service promoting proactive self-care for anxiety, low mood, sleeping difficulties and stress. Use the self-assessment tool for personalised recommendations
  • The governments website has a guide to how you can help your mental health and wellbeing and information on where to get further support
  • Help on Your Doorstep work throughout Islington to offer support and referrals for a wide range of issues
  • The Mental Health Foundation has information about looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak
  • Mind have tips on how to stay well if you’re self-isolating at home
  • NCL Suicide Prevention and Bereavement Support Service supports people aged 18 years and over affected by suicide with a freephone helpline, support by text message, and webchat.

  • The NHS website Every Mind Matters has advice and tips for looking after your mental health; they also offer 10-minute exercises and recipes and indoor activities for kids at Change 4 Life
  • Samaritans is a confidential free service open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for people in crisis, their free phone number is 116 123
  • The Sleep Council have tips to manage your anxiety and improve sleep
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