Government launches landmark mental health campaign for those affected by Covid-19

The Government has today launched a landmark mental health campaign designed to support those affected by Covid-19.

As part of the new campaign, new advice is being published to Public Health England’s (PHE) Every Mind Matters platform. The guidance will focus on looking after people’s mental wellbeing after a study revealed that thousands of people may be significantly impacted by anxiety and worry.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) research, around 84 per cent of Brits are “worried about the long-term impact of the coronavirus”, while 53 per cent are “worried about their wellbeing”. A further 47 per cent report “high levels of anxiety”.

According to Every Mind Matters, the guidance will highlight the support and help available and provide advice on how to prevent coronavirus-related concerns from manifesting as something more serious.

The new resources include a “tailored COVID-19 Mind Plan”, “COVID-19 specific content for individuals and their loved ones”, and support for specific mental wellbeing issues such as “anxiety, stress, low mood and trouble sleeping”.

Commenting on the campaign, Nadine Dorries, Minister for Mental Health, said: “I know how scary a time this must be for many. We are all feeling something over coronavirus – anxiety, fear of the unknown or even just frustration at not being in control. It’s easy to forget that this is an unprecedented situation that is both physically and mentally draining.

“The new guidance that has been launched on the NHS Every Mind Matters website has been adapted, providing top tips for maintaining our mental wellbeing. We must all remember during these challenging times that while we are practising social distancing for the physical health of ourselves and others, there is help out there to make sure we are taking care of ourselves mentally.”

Click here to access the new guidance.

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