Many of us are worried about Coronavirus and how it’s affecting our mental wellbeing. For those experiencing mental health problems things can feel extremely difficult. These might be problems you have experienced before, or the first time. The COVID-19 Pandemic may be especially stressful for some people.
Its not uncommon to have fear and anxiety related to a new disease most do not know much about as this can be extremely overwhelming. Coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Stress during times like this can sometimes cause the following:
- Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones, your financial situation or job, or loss of support services you rely on.
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns.
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating.
- Worsening of chronic health problems.
- Worsening of mental health conditions.
- Increased use of tobacco, and/or alcohol and other substances.
Take Care of your mental health
Get help from your local community during this crisis. Helplines are available 24 hours-a-day to help ease any worries the pandemic may have heightened:
Leeds City Council Helpline- 0113 378 1877
Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust mental health support:
For support and advice:
0800 183 0558 -West Yorkshire helpline (24 hours)
0808 800 1212 -Connect helpline (6pm-2am)
If you are in a crisis and need urgent help:
0300 300 1485-LYPFT single point of access
Take Care of yourself and your community
Taking care of your friends and family can be a stress reliever but this should also be balanced with care for yourself. During times of increased social distancing and isolation it is important to maintain social connections and help care for others mental health. Local councils and communities in Leeds are doing there best to aid everyone during this tough time.
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