There has been a surge in information, support and ideas for good mental health the last week. With the situation we’re in not getting any easier, I think we can all do with some ideas for ways to think more clearly, take some time for ourselves and create a stress free environment to be able to adjust to the new way of life. Find #MentalHealthWeek all over social media, but of course not everyone is able to access online tools, or may not want to go through all the lists, it can be overwhelming at the best of times.
In my volunteer work with local events, I meet people who are at the forefront of supporting everyone when they want a little extra help. While the events and places that I usually write about are postponed or closed, I thought it a good idea to write about these other organisations that are part of our community. I had a chat this week to Roxanne of Everyone Health, to see what they’re doing during lockdown and offered to share messages and contact details through this column to those who don’t have access to the internet, or feel confident using it.
I didn’t realise just how much the Everyone Health service covered! They are commissioned by the County to provide support across a range of health and active lifestyle services, including weight management, stopping smoking and specialist mental health trainers.
Roxanne tells me: “The Everyone Health team are still working as usual—albeit remotely from home. We are still accepting new referrals into our service and of course continue to support our current service users during these tough times through phone or video calls”.
They get some great feedback:
“I really appreciate that you are doing telephone appointments. It helps me keep on track with my mini goals knowing that I can talk to someone about it.”
So if you’ve kept the previous column on where to buy fruit and veg, and this week you’d like to get out more as the government have changed restrictions, perhaps now’s the time to get the advice on how to eat more healthily, get more active or chat about your mental health. Thankyou Roxanne and colleagues for all that you’re doing!
Anyone aged 16 and over can be involved in Everyone Health’s FREE lifestyle services. You can refer yourself by calling 0333 005 0093