Hello, I am the marketing apprentice that works for Advocacy Focus, and I have chosen to write this blog as I realise the seriousness of Covid-19 and the negative impacts self-isolation can have on a person’s well-being. Self-isolation has closed all gyms and a lot of people like myself use the gym to improve their mental health and well-being, and now that it has been taken away as we are told to stay indoors, I know a lot of people’s self-esteem and well-being will be affected. This is just one of many examples that I have chosen to talk about because I relate to it, however I know there are many reasons as to why someone can have any of the following feelings, so it is important that you talk. Have a read of the blog for more information and where you can go for support during this pandemic.

Feeling isolated and lonely

These times are hard. It is normal to feel lonely. It is normal to feel isolated. If you are feeling lonely or isolated, you are not the only one.

Advocacy Focus has a befriending service. This is for a friendly chat that can be about anything. There are many volunteers to call. We are all in this together. We need to help one another and this is a perfect example of how we are doing so.

If you do not feel comfortable talking to a stranger, try small talk with a friend/family member. Ask how their day is going. Ask how they are feeling. They may feel exactly the same as you.

 Although we can’t physically stay in contact, it is important we stay connected. Call someone. Talk.

For help with shopping/getting essentials

If you are more at risk due to age, supermarkets are prioritising the elderly in delivery queues. As well as this, there are volunteers helping out that will buy shopping for you.

Age UK have many different services. They are a charity that specifically help the elderly.

Escorted services is for the elderly who are mobile enough to go out but need some extra support. For example, with transport and lifting heavy items. This can be done on a one to one basis or in a group shop.

Age UK also does a home delivery service. This is beneficial in the current crisis. Elderly people are more at risk to Covid-19, so they need to self-isolate. Age UK will deliver shopping straight to your door. Their contact details are: 0800 678 1602 and they are open 8am-7pm every day of the year. Their website link: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/

 

Domestic abuse

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, there will be an increase in domestic abuse victims. It is important that you tell someone. It can be hard. It is upsetting, but there are ways you can get out of the situation.

The national domestic abuse helpline is 0808 2000 247 and they are available 24/7.

Friends and family can also help. They will not be disappointed or feel pestered. They will help you.

Child Welfare

A child’s welfare is the most important thing on a parents mind, especially during this crisis.

YoungMinds is a charity for parents that need advice about a child’s mental health and they are available Monday to Friday 9:30-4pm. https://youngminds.org.uk/

The NSPCC have two contact numbers. One for children, and one for adults worried about a child. They are both available 24/7. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/

The children’s helpline is 0800 1111.

The helpline for adults worried about a child is 0808 800 5000.

Anxiety/Depression

It is normal to feel anxious in times like these. There is a helpline to call Monday to Friday 9:30-5:30pm that you can talk to if you feel anxious. The number is 03444 775 774.

Rethink mental illness supports people living with mental ill health. Their number is 0300 5000 927 and they are available 9:30-4pm.

Feeling like you can’t go on

If you are feeling suicidal, please talk to someone. Even if you feel like no one does, there are people that care about you.

The Samaritans phone number is 116 123. They are available all day every day and provide a safe place for anyone struggling to cope. This is the national suicide helpline number.

If you don’t feel comfortable talking to someone about your thoughts, text Shout. It’s a number to text if you are feeling down and need immediate help.

Suicide doesn’t stop the pain, you’re only moving it.

For more helplines, click here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/