Try our self help guides
Constant updates about coronavirus can be stressful, especially if you suffer from health anxiety which gets in the way of your normal life. Our Health Anxiety self help guide suggests ways of managing this, with lots of advice and exercises you can try. Other guides you may find useful include Alcohol and You, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression and Low Mood and Food for Thought.
You can download our self help guides in lots of formats (including large print, audio and BSL) here: here
AWISH – Advice, Wellbeing, Information, Self-help
AWISH – A directory of resources for staff which includes advice, wellbeing information and self help. The directory is easy to navigate using the filter arrow at the top of each column to indicate the type of resource you would like to access eg. Podcast, website, article or target group you are looking for eg. Healthcare worker etc. Each sheet provides a summary of the resource and a link by which you can access it. The directory will be updated on a weekly basis.
CNTW AWISH Resource Directory
Every Life Matters
Cumbria based charity Every Life Matters has produced an advice booklet with practical information about things you can do now to look after your mental health and wellbeing – Wellbeing and mental health during Covid-19: A guide to looking after yourself and others
Mind have a useful page of information with lots of ideas on how to fill your time.
Chatter Pack has a list of free, online, boredom-busting resources, from 10 useful phrases to learn in French to virtual tours of museums and galleries.
Every Mind Matters
Every Mind Matters has created a guide to looking after your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Advice for groups with specific needs
- Supporting patient communication and engagement during COVID-19 – Simple, visual communication resources to help patients with additional needs and/or disabilities to communicate effectively if they become unwell. They are also appropriate for all patients who might be unable to speak for whatever reason and or who are struggling to understand you while wearing PPE.
- Keeping people with a Learning Disability and or Autism connected service – A free service to help keep people connected during COVID 19.
- Me at a glance – one page profile A patient profile to help new staff redeployed on the wards in response to COVID-19.
- Help for unpaid carers
- COVID19 Advice for parents Advice for parents during coronavirus
- How to talk to your child about coronavirus
- Online courses aimed at helping children and young people cope with the pandemic
Coping During the Pandemic (Young People 13-18)
Coping During the Pandemic (Children 7-12)
- #COVIBOOK – a book designed to support and reassure children around the world (available in 18 languages)
- Advice aimed specifically at people with Autism
- Advice for expectant/new parents
- ‘The Little Book of Minding Your Head’ – contains practical mental health guidance aimed at people in the farming community
- Practical advice for people with OCD
- FRANK Drinking and taking drugs during the coronavirus outbreak
- National Domestic Abuse Helpline Tel:0808 200 0247 Website:www.refuge.org.uk/
- People First, the largest provider of advocacy in Cumbria have launched a new phone support service: Chat+Check for people who have learning difficulties and/or autism and need some support.
- Bipolar and Coronavirus – 5 KEY STEPS TO STAYING WELL Information from Bipolar UK about what you need to know to help you avoid relapse
- NHS Bereavement Support during Covid19 – NHS England and NHS Improvement have put together a suite of resources that aim to help you access support.
Free meditation and mindfulness resources
Headspace, a popular mental health app, are unlocking a free, specially-curated “Weathering the storm” collection of meditation and mindfulness content in the Headspace app for people around the world, available in English, French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. Download the app in the Apple or Play store, and then click on the ‘Explore’ tab in the app – the free section is at the top of the list.
Calm, another popular mental health app, also has a page of free resources including guided meditations and exercises to help you sleep or relax.
NHS Staff have also been given free access to several mental health apps.
Recovery College Online has a collection of over 30 free online mental health and wellbeing courses, including a newly-launched ‘Coping during the pandemic’ online course. This contains information about how to avoid catching and spreading the virus, what immediate feelings you may have and common reactions, managing your mental health at this time, managing isolation and social distancing, self-care, supporting children and young people and some accessible information.
Staying active while you’re at home
Active Cumbria and Sport England have both compiled a page of exercise tips, videos and resources to keep you active as part of their #StayInWorkout campaign. They include ideas specifically aimed at children and older people, as well as some ideas for moving more while working from home.
A Weight off your Mind has lots of useful information about exercising, eating healthy and keeping fit.
Being active matters has produced a range of information about the various sporting activities you can due whilst at home.
Financial help and rights for people affected by COVID-19
Sick pay, mortgages, rental help, energy top-ups, cancelled events and more are all covered in this regularly-updated guide from Martin Lewis at Moneysavingexpert.com
The government has announced that claimants on disability benefits will no longer be required to attend face-to-face assessments. The change also covers health checks for Universal Credit. Read the full details here.
Moneysavingexpert.com are regularly updating this page of discounts for NHS staff. To show their support, lots of local businesses are also offering discounts to NHS staff and other key workers, so keep an eye out for these and treat yourself.