Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 runs from the 18 till the 24 May and this year the theme is kindness.  A number of organisations are raising awareness of mental health particularly in these unprecedented times.

Covid-19 has now had a far reaching impact on people right across the world and it is important during this time to take care of your mind as well as your body.

Everyone will be reacting in their own way. You may feeling frustrated or lonely, concerned about your finances, health and relatives. And you may be feeling down worried or anxious.  It is ok to feel like this - these are normal reactions to uncertainty and to challenging events.

Covid 19 has also impacted on many of the normal coping strategies used to deal with stress and on the everyday activity that underpins emotional wellbeing. During this time we need to be more creative and thoughtful about how we look after ourselves.

A booklet Wellbeing and Mental Health During Covid-19 – A Guide To Looking After Yourself and Others has been produced by the Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust. The booklet can be found at Wellbeing and Mental Health During Covid-19   

The booklet provides practical information about things you can do to look after your mental health and wellbeing and how you can support others. It also provides details about further help and support available during Covid-19 from a number of other organisations. More information can be found at www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mindmatters/

For more information on Mental Health Awareness Week visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week