This post isn’t exactly travel related, but I felt it was important to share nonetheless. As many of you will be aware, the United Kingdom is officially on lockdown as of last night.
With everyone panicking over staying physically healthy, I wanted to remind everyone to take a second and check up on their mental health too. The idea of being cooped up inside for the next three weeks can be very scary, it’s okay to admit that. Not to mention the fear, uncertainty and anxiety the media tends to fill us with every day.
As such, I wanted to share a short post containing some resources about dealing with the effects of the virus and lockdowns on your mental health. Also in this post are helplines should you need immediate mental health support.
Lockdown & social distancing mental health advice
Beyond Blue (Australia)
(Call 24/7, online chat & email support)
NHS (UK) – Links to: Mental Health Helplines
(Includes helplines for specific mental illness like anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, etc. As well as mental health help for men)
I know this lockdown seems drastic, but it really is needed to protect the vulnerable people in our society and the health professionals on the front lines. The word lockdown is of course somewhat intimidating but bear in mind, we are now simply doing what other countries already have been. We’ve just named it something different.
So, stay safe, look after yourself, look after your friends and family (from a distance) – and don’t forget your mental health.
Please do share this post to ensure everyone has easy access to these resources should they need it. If you know about your country’s mental health helplines and resources please feel free to leave them in the comments section below. Thank you x