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Coronavirus: Wellbeing Information & Tips Edition 15

Please see the fifteenth edition of our Wellbeing Information & Tip sheet here which focuses on Mental Health and Older People. Looking after your mental health when you are older or looking out for older people that we know, has become even more important in the current context of the coronavirus pandemic.

We hope you find one or two new ideas in this tips sheet for how to look after your own mental health if you are an older person or how to care for and look after the wellbeing of the older people around you.

We would love to hear what’s worked for you. Please e-mail us at info@mindcharity.co.uk to share your tips with us. 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 7 – Ecotherapy / Edition 8 – Kindness / Edition 9 – Sleep / Edition 10 – Food and Mood / Edition 11 – Anxiety / Edition 12 – Connecting / Edition 13 – Mindfulness / Edition 14 – Mental Wellbeing & Change

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Coronavirus: Latest Government Guidance Tuesday 22nd September

On the evening of Tuesday 22nd, the government announced further national measures to address rising cases of coronavirus in England.  Full details of these can be found via the link below:
www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-what-has-changed-22-september

The ‘rule of six’ came in to force across the UK from Monday 14th September. Guidance on the application of the ‘rule of six’ in England is available at:
www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-meeting-with-others-safely-social-distancing

This guidance covers a range of exceptions where groups/activities can be larger than 6 people. These include:

  •        for work, or the provision of voluntary or charitable services
  •        providing support to a vulnerable person
  •        registered childcare, education or training
  •        organised sport or exercises classes or licensed outdoor physical activity.
  •        support groups – formally organised groups to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support.

Finally, please continue to observe the following key behaviours advised by the government in order to keep yourself and others safe:

HANDS – Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds.
FACE – Cover your face in enclosed spaces, especially where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
SPACE – Stay 2 metres apart where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place.

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WEA Get Active Project

Introducing the WEA Get Active project for residents of Portslade, Hastings and St Leonards.

Do you want to start to get active again and feel fitter?

The WEA will support you to achieve your fitness goals. Join others returning to exercise and build up your activity levels in a safe, fun and friendly environment and from the comfort of your home.

They are currently offering the following free courses:

Yoga 4 All Mondays 10-11.30
Just Dance Mondays 1-2.30
Dancercise Wednesdays 11.30-12.30
Gentle movement with Tai Chi Thursdays 1.30 – 2.30

Available for free online via zoom

For more information about the project click here, and to book your place contact:
Kirsten (Portslade) T.07789 742 286 E: kjoris@wea.org.uk
Or Beverley (Hastings or St Leonards) T. 07500 973 266 E: bsell@wea.org.uk

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Coronavirus: Wellbeing Information & Tips Edition 14

Please see the fourteenth edition of our Wellbeing Information & Tip sheet here which covers the subject of Mental Wellbeing and Change. We all experience changes in our lives and sometimes these changes can unsettle us and make us feel worried.  We hope you find one or two new ideas in this tips sheet for how to cope with change.

We would love to hear what’s worked for you. Please e-mail us at info@mindcharity.co.uk to share your tips with us. 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 7 – Ecotherapy / Edition 8 – Kindness / Edition 9 – Sleep / Edition 10 – Food and Mood / Edition 11 – Anxiety / Edition 12 – Connecting / Edition 13 – Mindfulness / Edition 15 – Mental Health and Older People

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Grassroots Ask Now Save Lives Campaign

Every 90 minutes, someone in the UK takes their own life. Together, we can help prevent suicide.

Are you worried about someone? Ask: “I care about you – are you thinking about suicide?”

Need support? Ask: “I’m really struggling at the moment – can you help me?”

We know that talking openly about suicide prevents deaths by suicide. That’s why we just need to ask.

With your support, #AskNowSaveLives will help prevent suicide

For World Suicide Prevention Day 2020, Grassroots Suicide Prevention has teamed up with renowned graphic artist and screen printer Anthony Burrill to launch a new digital and T-shirt campaign: Ask Now Save Lives.

See the Grassroots website for more information

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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/coronavirus

Mind  www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/ has information and advice on how to look after your mental health, such as: mask anxiety, managing feelings about lockdown easing, your rights to social care, coronavirus and work, and many others.

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 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: Wellbeing Information & Tips Edition 13

Please see the thirteenth edition of our Wellbeing Information & Tip sheet on Mindfulness here. Mindfulness is about taking notice of the present moment, rather than the past or future. It is also one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing, developed by the New Economics Foundation, which you can read more about here.

We hope you find one or two new ideas in this week’s tips sheet for how to improve your wellbeing through mindfulness. 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 7 – Ecotherapy / Edition 8 – Kindness / Edition 9 – Sleep / Edition 10 – Food and Mood / Edition 11 – Anxiety / Edition 12 – Connecting / Edition 14 – Mental Wellbeing and Change / Edition 15 – Mental Health and Older People

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Mental health and wellbeing – have your say

How did health and social care services work for you during Covid-19? Please share your thoughts …

The Sussex Health and Care Partnership is made up of local NHS organisations and councils working together to provide the best health and care services for the people of Sussex.

To involve the public in planning NHS and social care services they are holding the Big Health and Care (socially distancing) Conversation across Sussex.

The Covid-19 pandemic changed the way health and care services were delivered and how people accessed them, at a time when we were all also adapting to life in lockdown. What has this been like for people if they have needed to use NHS & social care services, or if they work for the NHS or social care locally? If you didn’t access services when you thought you needed to, why not? What this has been like for people, what has worked well, and what could have been better? What changes should be maintained, and what needs to go back to normal as much as possible?

There will be a number of themes running during the project and the current theme is mental health and wellbeing

To share your experiences, ask a question or take part in a poll, please visit
yoursaysussexhealthandcare.uk.engagementhq.com/the-big-health-and-care-socially-distancing-conversation

How to contact the team if you are not online:

Call the team: 01903 708411

Write to the team using the freepost address:
FREEPOST RTUZ-ECYG-ERRK
Attn: Public Involvement Team
NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group
Hove Town Hall
Norton Road
Brighton
BN3 4AH

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Connecting in Nature – Autumn

We are pleased to announce we will be starting a series of 6 Connecting in Nature sessions in partnership with Moulsecoomb Forest Garden and South Downs National Park starting on 21st September. They will be running on Monday afternoons, 1-3pm at Moulsecoomb Forest Garden and allow participants a safe and therapeutic space to connect with others and nature. You are welcome to book on to as many or few of the sessions as you like.

Social distancing and COVID-19 government guidelines will be in place to ensure safety and minimise risk to both facilitators and participants. Please feel free to get in touch if you would like more information about this and we will be happy to have a chat.

Please note, places are limited and must be booked in advance.  To book your place, please download booking form or get in touch via email to find out more clare.nichols@mindcharity.co.uk

To find out more about the benefits of ecotherapy and connecting with, and in, nature on our mental health and wellbeing please click here

Please see the following links to find out more about the work of Moulsecoomb Forest Garden and South Downs National Park

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Coronavirus: Wellbeing Information & Tips Edition 12

Please see the twelfth edition of our Wellbeing Information & Tip sheet on Connecting here. To follow on from our previous Wellbeing and Information Tips on Connecting that we shared back in April, (please click here for a reminder), it feels like a good time to update some information on re-connecting back with services, particularly for those that might be feeling quite isoated.

We hope you find one or two new ideas in this week’s tips sheet for how to improve your wellbeing through food. 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 7 – Ecotherapy / Edition 8 – Kindness / Edition 9 – Sleep / Edition 10 – Food and MoodEdition 11 – Anxiety / Edition 13 – Mindfulness / Edition 14 – Mental Wellbeing and Change / Edition 15 – Mental Health and Older People

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