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COVID-19: Help is available

26/03/2020 Blog

We talked earlier this week about being mindful of the mental and physical health of ourselves and those in our community during this difficult time where people are staying at home and may feel isolated.

The good news is that there is plenty of support out there. See below for a list of national resources that are available online to support Mental Health & Wellbeing.   Mental Health & Wellbeing and COVID-19 – Adults Looking After Your Mental Health during the Coronavirus Outbreak - The Mental Health Foundation Coronavirus and your Wellbeing – MIND Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak – WHO Coping with Stress during the 2019 n-Cov Outbreak - WHO How to stay active while you’re at home – Sport England Coronavirus Guidance – Carers UK Easy Read guide to Coronavirus – PHE Mental Health & Wellbeing and COVID-19 – Children & Young People Helping Children Cope with Stress during 2019 n-Cov Outbreak – WHO Talking to your child about coronavirus – Young Minds Supporting schools & colleges: A guide to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of pupils and students during periods of disruption There are also three videos, one for school staff, one for parents and one for children and young people which may be useful. General Health & Wellbeing Resources Every Mind Matters – NHS and PHE Mood Assessment and Mental Wellbeing Audio Guides – NHS Tips for Everyday Living – MIND Locally, there are many support groups and networks being set up as a response to this situation. If you are on your own and feel like you are struggling, reach out to York City Council on 01904 551550 or email them at York and its residents are also looking for volunteers to support the community and NHS at this time. Visit for more information. Situations like this often bring out the best in people. However, please keep an eye out for scammers and people looking to profiteer from others. Watch out for people offering or selling virus testing kits (these are only offered by NHS), vaccines or miracle cures (there is currently no vaccine or cure for the coronavirus) or overpriced or fake goods to protect yourself from coronavirus such as anti-bacterial products.  Shopping or medication collection services.  If you are concerned about scams, call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 11 33. If you believe you have been a victim of a scam., report this to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.  What is also important is that you contact your bank urgently if you are worried about this. Stay safe and well!
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