Bridget Phillipson Labour Member of Parliament for Houghton and Sunderland South
At such a difficult time, where news surrounding the coronavirus pandemic dominates our lives and necessary social distancing contributes towards feelings of anxiety and social isolation, it can often be all-too-easy for us to neglect our mental health and forget the importance of prioritising our individual and collective wellbeing.
Now is a time for kindness and compassion, to ourselves and those around us, and that can take many forms; whether through breaking past stigmas to reach out for the right support in times of struggle, or even simply knowing when to take a break from the stresses of daily life and making sure to keep fit, healthy and connected with loved ones, it is hugely important to look after mental health as best we can during lockdown.
The Mental Health Foundation have produced a very useful page on their website which details a number of simple tips for managing our mental health during the coronavirus outbreak, with links to support resources and official guidance from reputable sources. This can be accessed by visiting the following link: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/…/looking-after-your-mental….
The coronavirus outbreak has caused significant disruption to our way of life, and we owe it to ourselves to make sure that we overcome the challenge it has created together, with no one left behind or cast aside. Please try and look after your mental health and consider the wellbeing of those around you.