Supporting people with mental health issues
Social isolation is a valid concern as people are increasingly being advised to self-isolate as a result of COVID-19. This could mean several weeks of limited access to usual routines and interactions with other people, which for many people brings with it a significant level of anxiety.
Here are a few ways you can take action:
- Acknowledge people’s fear and anxiety as a result of the news and the impact of social distancing
- Identify people who are already struggling with anxiety or loneliness as they will feel the social impacts of COVID-19 even more strongly
- Utilise technology and social media to create online communities – this could include video conferencing and social media groups for discussion and activity groups; shared social activity, e.g. eating a meal together; group exercise; mindfulness
At Jami we are finding ways to stay connected through the use of technology and will be providing telephone support to those who need it
- Find safer ways to meet in person if possible, e.g. walking outside maintaining a ‘safe’ distance
- Support people with food provisions, online support and information on available resources
- Encourage people to create a positive ‘to do’ list – books they haven’t had a chance to read, a movie they wanted to watch, or a new recipe to try out
If you are self-isolating due to COVID-19, our duty team continues to provide advice and signposting. For people who need more support, we are providing this by phone. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID-19 Crisis Appeal
The additional anxiety and isolation caused by COVID-19 can heighten the risk of suicide for people living with mental illness. Jami are prioritising contact with the most vulnerable and have already seen a rapid increase in demand for our support.
At this time of increased anxiety, looking after our mental as well as our physical health is more important than ever. Your donation to our COVID-19 Crisis Appeal will help us provide critical mental health services to our community.