Wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak
Where to find help and guidance for staying physically and mentally well during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
These are unprecedented times. Taking care of our own health and wellbeing can be the first thing to slide when we're focused on taking care of patients, friends, family and loved ones.
Public Health England has information about what can help your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus (COVID-19).
You can also get advice and support from:
- Essex Livewell has a wide range of advice and support for mental wellbeing
- Mid and North Essex Mind
- The Samaritans, call 116 123, open 24 hours a day
- Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust (EPUT) Mental Health Services, call 0300 123 0808, open 24 hours a day
- The NHS One You website
Mental wellbeing support for young people
Essex County Council's Every Family Matters campaign to support children's mental health has been running since early in April and provides advice for supporting your child with social distancing, keeping children safe online and more.
Essex Livewell has a wide range of information on mental health support for young people.
Children and young people can get support from:
- Young Minds
- The Mix
- Off the Record: free confidential support for 11 to 25 year olds
- Kooth: free online counselling and support for 11 to 18 year olds
Activity and exercise
The NHS recommends you:
- get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week (20 to 30 minutes a day)
- do strengthening and balance exercises at least 2 days a week
Find ideas for being active at home on:
- 1Life are offering an online activity and coaching package to help you stay healthy at home.
- The Active Essex You Tube channel features sports and workouts that you can do whilst in lockdown
- Keeping active from home provides guidance for people of all fitness levels and includes exercises for families and older people.
- NHS One You
- Sport England
The government advice is to:
- Go outside for exercise no more than once a day
- Stay 2 metres from other people at all times
We've put together some advice on walking and cycling durcing the coronanvirus outbreak. You can also try:
- The Couch to 5k plan
While staying at home, try to:
- Eat healthy, well balanced meals
- Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day
Essex Livewell has advice on nutrition and weight management including sections about what's good to eat in season, tips to grow your own and how to keep a healthy diet.
Many local takeaway food businesses are still open. Those that have signed up to the TuckIN pledge offer a healthy alternative.
Get guidance on healthy eating from:
- the NHS Eatwell Guide
- Mind: Food and mood
- the NHS One You Easy Meals app
- Local Flavours is an initiative of local food businesses
Relationships, domestic abuse and sexual violence
The healthy relationships article on the Essex Livewell provides advice for people trying to find ways to deal with conflict resolutions at home
Relate has advice for relationships during coronavirus.
If you're worried about someone who might be vulnerable, you can report a concern by filling in an online safeguarding referral form.
Alcohol and drug use
Alcohol Change UK has information about accessing alcohol support during coronavirus.
Essex County Council have put together some resources and local contacts to help anyone who has been bereaved find the support they need at this time.