Parents – Looking After Yourself

As we all watching closely for developments around COVID-19, the uncertainty of the situation may be taking its toll on your mental health.

There’s lots of simple things you can do that will help you stay mentally and physically active during the pandemic.

Here’s some tips:

Please visit for helpful hints and tips –

A new 24 hour mental health helpline has been launched, offering confidential help and advice, to anyone registered with a GP in Calderdale, Kirklees, Wakefield, Leeds and Barnsley.

Phone number: 0800 183 0558

The new service will support people who are:

·         At risk of developing mental health problems.

·         Diagnosed common mental health problems.

·         Known to mental health services.

·          Experiencing mental health distress.

·         Seeking information, advice and support.

The service will provide a listening ear, emotional support, advice and signposting to other local services for both individuals and their carers. The provider, NCHA will respond to urgent concerns and operate within a recovery model, ensuring callers’ benefit from an effective intervention, in line with local mental health support pathways.

Follow Wakefield Wellbeing on Facebook – @wakefieldwellbeing

They will be posting daily advice on healthy eating, physical activity, looking after your mental health and keeping the family busy during the forthcoming weeks and months.

Rumour and speculation

Firstly, rumour and speculation can fuel anxiety. Having access to reputable sources on the outbreak can make you feel more in control.

Don’t take facts from different social media pages. Look at the following links to read updates on the virus:

Keeping busy and healthy in self-Isolation

Self-isolation can be boring and frustrating. At times like these, you may start to feel low, anxious or worried. It’s a good idea to create a daily routine that prioritises looking after yourself. Try and view it as a new experience that has benefits.

Think about your diet

Eating regularly and keeping your blood sugar stable can help your mood and energy levels.

Keep your space clean and tidy

Not only is this good for the mind, but it’s an important way to help stop germs spreading.

Get some fresh air

Keep your windows open to let lots of fresh air in. You can also go outdoors for a walk if you keep a 2 metre distance away from any contact.

Do something you enjoy

Read, watch TV, listen to a podcast, draw/paint, play games, cook/bake.

Stay active

Do an exercise video on YouTube, practise some yoga, or go for a walk.

Most importantly, at times of stress we work better with support. Keep in touch with your family and friends. If you’re in self-isolation you can keep in touch via phone, email, text, social media and video call.

We hope everyone stays safe during this global pandemic.

For the current government guidance please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response.

Mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people in the Wakefield district during the coronavirus pandemic, a guide for parents and carers – https://www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/1561-Wakefield-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-booklet-FINAL.pdf

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