Promoting Suicide Safer Communities and providing Suicide Bereavement Support across Cumbria
Wellbeing & Mental Health during Covid-19
Covid-19 has now had a far reaching impact on people right across the world and it’s important during this time to take care of your mind as well as your body.
Everyone will be reacting in their own way. You might be feeling frustrated or lonely. Concerned about your finances, your health or relatives. And you might be feeling down, worried or anxious. It is OK to feel like this.
These are normal reactions to uncertainty and to challenging events.
Covid-19 has also impacted on many of the normal coping strategies we use to deal with stress, and on the everyday activity that underpins our emotional wellbeing. During this time, we may need to be more creative and thoughtful about how we look after ourselves.
Our Guide to looking after yourself and others contains practical information about things you can do now to look after your mental health and wellbeing, and how you can support others.
Check out the Covid-19 Pages on our website for more information.
Many people will have thoughts of suicide – but thinking about suicide does not make it inevitable that you are going to take your own life. A safety plan helps prevent us turning these thoughts into actions.
A Safety Plan includes what you would do, and who might support you, in a crisis.
They might include distraction techniques to help you get through the next seconds or minutes as thoughts of suicide becoming overwhelming, how you can make your immediate environment or situation safer, who you can contact when things get really tough, and what you can do in an emergency.
Safety Plans take a stepped approach. They can help us manage those fleeting thoughts of suicide that emerge at the edge of your mind – through to situations where the desire to die becomes so overwhelming we no longer think we can keep yourself safe.
Find out how to create a Safety Plan or download our simple template here.
If you are really struggling to cope, or feel overwhelmed by difficult feelings during Covid-19, then reach out for professional help. It’s still available and it’s OK to ask for more support to see you through this difficult time.
Find out more about Getting Help to support your mental health and wellbeing.
Supporting communities to recognise and offer help to people at risk of suicide.read more
Suicide prevention, mental health, young people and employer training across Cumbria.read more
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Supporting someone at risk of suicide? Concerned about someones wellbeing?read more