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Supporting your friends, family or someone you care for with their mental health and wellbeing

 

Although we may not be able to support our loved ones in the ways we are used to, we can still be there for each other:

  • From texting, social media and phone and video calls there are many ways you can stay connected with friends and family. Don’t let coronavirus be the only topic of your conversation, why not share memories or make plans for the future? You could also bring out your competitive side by playing games together online or on your phones (the Words with Friends game says it all)
  • It’s also a good idea to check in with older people who may not have mobile phones or use social media, as they may be feeling more isolated than ever. A quick phone call could make a world of difference to them
  • Do you currently care for someone? If so, it’s important to know what support is available to you as a carer and those you look after. Carers UK have lots of useful information to help both you and those you care for look after yourselves and protect your mental wellbeing
  • Dementia UK has also produced advice for people with dementia and their carers or families
  • Remember to be kind to yourself – this is essential, especially if you are in a carer’s role. As Dr Russ Harris puts it: “If you’ve ever flown on a plane, you’ve heard this message: ‘In event of an emergency, put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others.’ Well, self-kindness is your own oxygen mask; if you need to look after others, you’ll do it a whole lot better if you’re also taking good care of yourself”.

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