A new survey, commissioned by Public Health England (PHE), at the start of the current Government restrictions, reveals the impact COVID-19 has had on adults' mental wellbeing across the country.
The research found that almost half (49%) felt that the pandemic has impacted negatively on their mental health and wellbeing. Of those surveyed, significant proportions of the population said they had been experiencing more anxiety (46%), stress (44%), sleep problems (34%) and low mood (46%) over the course of the pandemic.
However, at the same time three in five (60%) of those asked say they feel hopeful about the future. Many adults (75%) reported that they are planning to take or have taken steps to look after their mental wellbeing, with exercising regularly (32%) eating well (29%) and talking more to family and friends (28%) being the main actions.
To support people during this time, PHE has launched a new nationwide Better Health - Every Mind Matters campaign to equip adults with tips and advice to look after their mental health and wellbeing and help support others such as family and friends.
The campaign encourages people to get a free NHS-approved Mind Plan from the Every Mind Matters website. By answering five simple questions, adults will get a personalised action plan with practical tips to help them deal with stress and anxiety, boost their mood, sleep better and feel more in control.
Dr Sarah Raistrick, GP and Chair at Coventry and Rugby and Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) said: “This last year has been extremely challenging and no doubt will have had some impact on everyone’s mental health and wellbeing.
“Given the rise in cases, additional hospital admissions and national lockdown it is expected that people may feel more anxious, stressed and experience low moods. There is support available from both the NHS and local organisations who can help support you and give you advice on how to help manage your mental health and wellbeing. If you feel you need support, please look at the contacts below and see what is out there to suit you, contact your GP or local mental health support organisations.
“There are online resources available from the Every Mind Matters website which provides practical tips and support on how to look after your own and your family's mental wellbeing. It is important to also remember the positive, it is extremely positive to see that over 4 million people have received their first COVID-19 vaccine. However, it is vital, even if you have had your first dose, you continue to follow the government guidelines, wear a mask, wash your hands regularly, stay at home unless for essential journeys and keep at least 2 metres apart from other people to help keep control of the virus and by doing this we can look forward to a brighter future.”
The Every Mind Matters COVID-19 hub also includes practical tips and support on how adults can deal with uncertainty, how to cope with money and job worries and how to look after both their own and their family’s mental wellbeing while staying at home. For more tips and support, search Every Mind Matters or visit the website.
For local mental health advice and resources during the coronavirus outbreak you can also visit Warwickshire County Council website or Coventry City Council website. The websites offer tips and advice on coping during this uncertain time, and the mental health and wellbeing support still available to you in Coventry and Warwickshire. Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action also provides a mental health services directory where you can find local organisations, groups, and agencies that provide services and support people affected by mental health issues.
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