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Coronavirus: Wellbeing Information & Tips Edition 9

Please see the ninth edition of our Wellbeing Information & Tip sheet on Sleep here.  Since the beginning of lockdown, lots of people have reported difficulty sleeping, so this edition focuses on how important sleep is for our mental health & wellbeing and includes some simple tips and ideas to help you to improve your sleep during this challenging time. We hope you find one or two new ideas for how to sleep better, that improve and help you to maintain your wellbeing this week.

We would love to hear what’s worked for you. Please e-mail us at info@mindcharity.co.uk to share with us your tips. If you are happy for us to share these tips anonymously via our website and social media, please let us know in the e-mail.

Please click the following links for previous editions:

Edition 1 – Five Ways to Wellbeing / Edition 2 – Connect / Edition 3 – Be Active / Edition 4 – Take Notice / Edition 5 – Keep learning / Edition 6 – Give / Edition 7 – Ecotherapy / Edition 8 – Kindness

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Coronavirus: Wellbeing Information & Tips Edition 8

Please see the eighth edition of our Wellbeing Information and Tips Sheet here.

One of the ways that MiBH marked Mental Health Awareness week was to set up the hashtags #KindnessMattersBrightonHove and #KindnessMattersHastings on Twitter and ask people to share how they had experienced kindness.  We were really pleased to see so many individuals and a wide range of local organisations engage and contribute to this.  We wanted to share this with you, so edition 8 of our Wellbeing Info and Tips is a summary of some of these examples.  We hope you enjoy reading these and that they inspire you to show kindness to others and to yourself, improving your wellbeing this week.

If you haven’t already been in touch, we would love to hear what acts of kindness you’ve shown to others recently or to yourself. Please e-mail us at info@mindcharity.co.uk. If you are happy for us to share these anonymously via our website and social media, please let us know in the e-mail.

Wellbeing Information & Tips Edition 8

Please click the following links for other editions:

Edition 1 – Five Ways to Wellbeing / Edition 2 – Connect / Edition 3 – Be Active / Edition 4 – Take Notice / Edition 5 – Keep learning / Edition 6 – Give / Edition 7 – Ecotherapy / Edition 9 – Sleep

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Coronavirus: Weekly Wellbeing Information & Tips Edition 7

After lots of really positive feedback on our 5 Ways to Wellbeing Information & Tip sheets, we’ve decided to continue providing these on a different wellbeing related topic every fortnight. This week we have put together some information and tips on Ecotherapy/nature based activities, following on from some of our activities in Mental Health Awareness Week which included giving out free plants to local people, donated by Plumpton college.

Please see this week’s Wellbeing Information & Tip sheet on Ecotherapy here.  This edition is all about nature based activities and includes a range of local and national initiatives, activities and simple ideas to help you to maintain and improve your wellbeing during this challenging time. We recognise that since the latest government guidance, restrictions have changed slightly and that some of us are able to spend more time outside, by ourselves or with others providing it is at a safe distance. However, we also recognise that for a variety of reasons, this does not necessarily apply to all, so we have tried to include tips for engaging with nature which include staying at home/indoors.

We hope you find one or two new ideas for how to feel more connected with nature, that improve and help you to maintain your wellbeing this week.

We would love to hear what’s worked for you. Please e-mail us at info@mindcharity.co.uk to share with us your tips. If you are happy for us to share these tips anonymously via our website and social media, please let us know in the e-mail.

Please click the following links for other editions:

Edition 1 – Five Ways to Wellbeing / Edition 2 – Connect / Edition 3 – Be Active / Edition 4 – Take Notice / Edition 5 – Keep learning / Edition 6 – Give / Edition 8 – Kindness / Edition 9 – Sleep

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Updated government guidance 10th May

Further changes to current government advice and guidance were announced this week:

PM address to the nation on coronavirus: 10 May 2020

The key change is in the Government shift to Staying alert and safe (social distancing) which covers a number of areas such as staying at home, visiting public places and going to work.

Changes have also been made to government information about what you can and cannot do Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do and Staying safe outside your home.

All changes came into effect from Wednesday 13th May.

The recent changes include advice to the public about considering wearing face coverings in enclosed public spaces where you may be more likely to come into contact with people you do not normally meet such as shops, trains, buses to help reduce the spread of coronavirus: Public advised to cover faces in enclosed spaces

You are urged not to buy medical grade masks so they can be saved for frontline health and care workers, and instead make your own face coverings at home Read the guidance on how to wear and make a cloth face covering.

PLEASE NOTE that in line with the government guidance, we are continuing to offer our services by telephone, email, text and online. Please click here for further information on how to access our services

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 is from 18th – 24th May, a national event hosted every year by the Mental Health Foundation to raise awareness. The theme this year is Kindness. Why Kindness? Find out more from the Mental Health Foundation here

One thing that we have seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing in uncertain times. We have learnt that amid the fear there is also community, support and hope. The added benefit of helping others is that it is good for our own mental health and wellbeing. It can reduce stress and improve your emotional wellbeing. Find out more about how Doing Good Does You Good

Take a look at the final edition of our Weekly Wellbeing Information and Tips sheet here for ideas about you can be kind to others and to yourself by giving.

In Brighton we are grateful to Plumpton College which has kindly donated marigolds and herbs which we are distributing to people being supported by Time to Talk Befriending, Southdown and the Real Junk Food Project along with information about why looking after plants is good for your mental health. Check out the guide here. Photos of some of the plants are already on Twitter – look out for more later in the week!

And Hastings Foodbank will be delivering postcards that we have created to 250 households across Hastings and inviting people to decorate them with their ideas for why kindness matters and acts of kindness that they have experienced. We want the postcards to be put in windows for neighbours and passers-by to see – we hope this in turn will inspire more acts of kindness.

We are also asking people to fill in a second postcard and send it back to us with their experiences of either receiving or giving acts of kindness. There is a digital version of the kindness postcard that can be filled in online so kindness experiences can be shared with us online as well.

Please follow us on Twitter @MindBrighton during Mental Health Awareness Week and share with us acts of kindness that you have given or received using the hashtags #kindnessmattersbrightonhove, #kindnessmattershastings and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

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Coronavirus: Weekly Wellbeing Information & Tips Edition 6

Please see the sixth and final edition of our Weekly Wellbeing Information and Tips Sheet here.

This week is all about Give, and includes local and national initiatives, activities and simple ideas to maintain and improve your wellbeing during this challenging time.  We hope you find one or two new ideas for how to Give, that improve and help you to maintain your wellbeing this week.

We would love to hear what’s worked for you and ways you have given to others recently or plan to give in the coming weeks. Please e-mail us at info@mindcharity.co.uk to share with us your tips. If you are happy for us to share these tips anonymously via our website and social media, please let us know in the e-mail.

Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week (18th – 24th May), so although we won’t be bringing you a Weekly Wellbeing Information and Tip sheet, please click  here to find out what we’re doing to help raise awareness of mental health, how you can get involved and how it links with this year’s theme of Kindness.

Please click the following links for other editions:

Edition 1 – Five Ways to Wellbeing / Edition 2 – Connect / Edition 3 – Be Active / Edition 4 – Take Notice / Edition 5 – Keep learning / Edition 7 – Ecotherapy / Edition 8 – Kindness / Edition 9 – Sleep

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Coronavirus and your Wellbeing

You might be currently worried about coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. However there is a lot of information available on how to look after yourself and where you can get help and support.

You can get information from the NHS on their website at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ which contains updated information both on how you look after your general health and what actions to take if you have concerns you may have been affected. Your local G.P. surgery will also have information on their website. For more detailed information Public Health England also has  information available on their website www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

Mind  www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/ has information giving advice on how to look after your mental health, which includes:

The UK government’s advice on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus are available here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-public-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-the-public-on-the-mental-health-and-wellbeing-aspects-of-coronavirus-covid-19

If you’re a parent or carer, please see the latest government guidance published on 22nd April about how you can support children and young people’s mental health:
COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

Further information can also be found on the Mental Health Foundation’s website at  www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak and on the Samaritan’s website at www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/support-and-information/if-youre-having-difficult-time/if-youre-worried-about-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak/

If you would like information about local services or to speak to someone about support for your mental health you can also contact our Advice and Information Service on 01273 66 69 50

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Coronavirus: Weekly Wellbeing Information & Tips Edition 5

Please see the fifth edition of our Weekly Wellbeing Information and Tips Sheet here.

This week is all about Keep Learning, and includes local and national initiatives, activities and simple ideas to maintain and improve your wellbeing during this challenging time.  We hope you find one or two new ideas for how to keep learning, that improve and help you to maintain your wellbeing this week.

We would love to hear what’s worked for you and what new thing you have learnt recently or plan to learn in the coming weeks. Please e-mail us at info@mindcharity.co.uk to share with us your tips. If you are happy for us to share these tips anonymously via our website and social media, please let us know in the e-mail.

Please click the following links for other editions:

Edition 1 – Five Ways to Wellbeing / Edition 2 – Connect / Edition 3 – Be Active / Edition 4 – Take Notice / Edition 6 – Give / Edition 7 – Ecotherapy / Edition 8 – Kindness / Edition 9 – Sleep

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Healthwalks Spring Lockdown Challenge – Walking to Wellbeing

Brighton and Hove City Councils Healthwalks are currently on hold. However, to help keep people active and connected with walking during this time, they have created the Healthwalks Spring Lockdown Walking Challenge!

The government and health officials recommend that all those not self-isolating, or in identified vulnerable groups can still take a daily walk; and getting out in the fresh air and green spaces is very important for our health and wellbeing. You can find all the information how you can get involved with the challenge here.

You can also download the walking log here.

To support the Healthwalks Spring Lockdown Walking Challenge, we have created a Walking to Wellbeing sheet to help you Take Notice and support your wellbeing as you do your daily walk, which you can find and download here.

Happy Walking!

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Coronavirus: stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives

The UK government has issued a new leaflet to be distributed to all households, summarising the current guidance for reducing the spread of coronavirus.

You can find the leaflet at this link or via the government website at www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-information-leaflet/coronavirus-stay-at-home-protect-the-nhs-save-lives-web-version

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