Latest updates on the Coronavirus from Norfolk and Waveney Mind

As you will know, the country is experiencing significant disruption due to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), a flu-like illness which is very contagious.

This is going to impact on what we do and how we do it but we would first and foremost would like to reassure you that we are doing absolutely everything we can to continue to provide safe and effective services for everyone we support across Norfolk and Waveney.

However, due to the challenges faced by restrictions from the Government on the movement of people around communities, we have, and may need to continue to, make some difficult decisions about some of the services we provide, activities we have planned and events we have booked.

With immediate effect, we have decided to cancel all Norfolk and Waveney Mind events and training courses until 30 April 2020, and we will continue to review on 6-week basis. 

We are receiving regular updates from organisations who are hosting events in aid of our charity and will keep you posted as and when we receive these updates. 

We are taking these extra precautions in order to minimise risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, with particular concern for the vulnerable people that we come into contact with every day.

Please keep an eye out on our Facebook page and website for regular updates.

Coronavirus and your wellbeing

You might be worried about coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. This may include being asked to stay at home or avoid other people.

This might feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing. 

This information is to help you cope if:

And it covers:

Talk to someone

If you normally access our social or community groups and feel you would like to talk to someone, please get in touch with Norfolk and Waveney Mind on 0300 330 5488.

Alternatively, you can contact:

Mind Infoline on 0300 123 3393
Samaritans on 116 123
If you are under 19 you can contact Childline on 0800 1111

Stay social, digtally

Be sure to keep in touch with Norfolk and Waveney Mind services and support groups by visiting our social media platforms below.

Five ways to cope with Anxiety around COVID-19

Utilise technology to contact people where you can, emails and Skype and a good old fashioned telephone call.

Schedule your day. make time for fun, hobbies, speaking to others and if you are stuck in a busy house try and spend some time alone if you can. Try and keep your normal routine where possible.

Focus on what you can control. Take it day by day, use what you have to do what you can.
Please be gentle with yourself, it's an uncertain time and feeling anxious is a normal response to this. Be kind to yourself and maintain your self care.

If you are struggling with anxiety and need to talk to someone please contact:

Samaritans: 116123

Anxiety UK: 03444 775 774


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Eating Disorders and Coronavirus

Coronavirus is understandably causing a lot of stress and anxiety, and we know that things may feel very uncertain right now.

If you have an eating disorder, or are supporting someone who does, you might have specific worries or practical concerns to do with the illness or treatment.

Our Helpline team is set up for home working and we’ll be ensuring this works smoothly in the coming days, so please do continue to get in touch with us as usual and we’ll do our best to give you the support you deserve.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters who are fundraising and donating which has meant we are able to continue providing our services at this time.
For the latest updates from BEAT Eating Disorders, click here!

OCD Action - Skype and Phone Groups

Support groups can play an important role during and after treatment in helping you recover from and manage your OCD and often they also include family members too. They provide a safe environment where you can talk openly about your OCD, as well as giving support and encouragement to others. Many support groups also include people with related conditions like BDD, Trichotillomania and Dermatillomania.

OCD Action own and run 24 (OCD & related disorders) Skype/Phone groups. These groups run over Skype or you can choose to be added in with your phone.  You can find a full list of the Skype/Phone groups here.

For a full list of support groups, click here!

Coronavirus – Things you can do whilst staying indoors

With millions of us now staying at home due to Covid-19, how can we manage being in isolation for the foreseeable future?

Many of us are now either self-isolating, working from home or unable to go to work – leaving a lot of questions unanswered. It is easy to get overwhelmed with the unknown and uncertainty of our future, but what is important now is to stay calm, healthy and to have fun.

For tips on looking after your wellbeing during this time, click here!

10 tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak may cause you to feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, helpless, overwhelmed, confused or angry. It's important to remember it is OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently to different events.

There are some simple things you can do to help you take care of your mental health and wellbeing during times of uncertainty – and doing so will help you think clearly and make sure you are able to look after yourself and those you care about.

For Coronavirus anxiety tips, click here!

Stay Home, Save Lives - Public Information Materials - Updated on 25.03.2020

This is a vital campaign update from the government about Coronavirus. It supports stay at home messaging and the importance of this. 

Stay home. Protect the NHS. Save lives

Please be aware that this is an evolving situation and public advice may change. Materials will be updated and changed as appropriate so please check for the latest version. 

For further information please visit the NHS website and the GOV webpage.

Download public information materials here 

Are you concerned about your benefits?

Do you want advice on benefits you may now be eligible for?

Please submit your questions in the comment box below.

We will collect the questions and our Benefits in Mind Advisors will endeavour to answer them in a future update.

What is 'NHS in Mind'?

With the staff of the ‘NHS in Mind' Slee Parrish, an experienced Senior NHS Nurse and qualified Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist, together with Alex James, a Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist and Mindfulness Teacher, have put together a set of free resources for members of staff to access and use to help them look after their mental health and well-being

Free resources for staff to access, click here

Keep fit with Josh!

Norfolk and Waveney Mind's very own Mr Motivator!

Keep your mental wellbeing high with physical activity at home. Josh Fit is a HIGH intensity interval training programme designed through the and inspiration of strongman principles and sports specific training.

For more info - www.personaltrainerlowestoft.uk/

Shared with kind permission from Joshua Gray-Read - Josh Fit

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