Supporting your mental and physical health

These are extremely difficult times for everyone.

Below are some resources to help you:

  • Our mental health crisis line  provides support and advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you, a family member, or a friend are in crisis and need help, please dial 111 and select option 2 for mental health crisis.
  • Therapy For You, the IAPT (Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies) service for South Essex, offers online video therapy courses, with sessions that deal with a wide range of feelings and symptoms. The service can also help you access Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, Counsellors and Cognitive Behavioural Therapists both remotely and in person. They have also created a number of videos to help you with your wellbeing which you can watch right now. 
  • Every Mind Matters offers a range of resources that help spot the signs of common mental health concerns. There are practical self-care tips, and it has a free NHS-approved online tool the Every Mind Matters Your Mind Plan.
  • COVID-19 has impacted all of our lives, and, for many people, the pandemic and lockdown have taken their toll on their mental health. If you have had COVID-19 and are now recovering at home, EPUT has published this guide to help you look after your mental health. The Wellbeing and Coping website, co-funded by the NHS, is dedicated to safe, socially-distanced ways of protecting your mental health and coping with lockdown.
  • Our mental health resources page holds information on various conditions, helping you to understand what these mental illnesses are, their symptoms, and how they can be treated.
  • Mind, the mental health charity, is also an excellent resource for information on a variety of mental health topics: including information for people who have recently received a mental health diagnosis, advice on how to live day-to-day with a mental health condition, and resources tailored for children and young people.
  • The Our NHS People website provides support for NHS staff to manage their own health and wellbeing while looking after others.

Children and young people

England’s top children and young people’s mental health doctor Professor Prathiba Chitsabesa is encouraging youngsters to seek help if they need it, as we know from a survey by NHS Digital that there’s been a rise in mental health problems in children and young people during the pandemic. A booklet for supporting students is available here.

Signs that parents should look out for include:

  • You might find they are more upset or find it hard to manage their emotions
  • They may appear anxious or distressed
  • Increasing trouble with sleeping and eating
  • Appearing low in mood, withdrawn or tearful
  • Reporting worried or negative thoughts about themselves or their future
  • For younger children, there may be more regressed behaviour such as bed wetting or separation anxiety

If a parent is worried about their child’s mental health, they can help by:

  • Making time to talk to your child
  • Allow your child to talk about their feelings
  • Try to understand their problems and provide reassurance that you have heard them and are there to help
  • Help your child do positive activities including exercise
  • Try to keep a routine over the next few months
  • Look after your own mental health.

Booklet

Our Your Life Your Health booklet is useful for anyone who wants to become healthier, covering topics from giving up smoking or drinking,  to different forms of physical activities, including useful websites for if you also have physical conditions such as autism or diabetes.

Frontline is a community project that helps the public and frontline workers to quickly find details on local health and wellbeing services. The three websites are aimed at people living in Epping Forest, Harlow and Uttlesford and funded by ECC and West Essex CCG.