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Wellbeing and mental health during Covid-19

The North East and North Cumbria Suicide Prevention Network have produced a booklet,  which contains self-help information and links for mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak, including signposting for urgent support and suicide prevention.

Icon for pdf Wellbeing and mental health during Covid-19: A guide to looking after yourself and others [8.99MB]

Feeling good mentally is just as important as feeling good physically. Emotional health plays a huge role in how we all think, feel and behave.

Poor emotional health and wellbeing can lead to stress, anxiety, depression and panic attacks, and can make it difficult for you to feel positive about your daily life and maintain good relationships with family, friends and colleagues.

Having access to advice about your emotional health can be valuable, and many people find that talking their problems over with someone is extremely helpful.

How are you feeling?

We can all feel low, anxious or panicky from time to time. Your Mind Plan helps you build a practical plan you can use to help maintain and improve your mental health and wellbeing. By answering this short quiz, the Every Mind Matters widget gives you five actions that can help you feel more in control, deal with stress and anxiety, boost your mood and improve your sleep.

Where to start?

  • Five ways to wellbeing on the NHS website - the five steps you need to take to improve your emotional wellbeing.
  • The Moodzone on the NHS website - practical advice and useful information to support you on your way to feeling better.
  • Time to change - England's biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.
  • Rethink - access a range of national mental health resources, from advocacy and carer support to crisis services.
  • Young Minds - the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

Support in Gateshead

More help from your GP

If you experience symptoms of stress, anxiety or depression, make an appointment with your local GP.

It is important to do this if your symptoms don't improve, if your mood affects your work or relationships, or you are considering suicide or self-harm.

Your GP will ask you lots of questions and may suggest:

  • exercise,
  • a self-help group,
  • Gateshead Talking Therapies are a team of experienced workers who support people to enable them to overcome their problems when they feel anxious, depressed or stressed. Gateshead Talking Therapies offer a free and confidential NHS service for people aged 16 and over. You can self-refer by telephone 0191 283 2541
  • antidepressants or CBT,
  • referring you to a mental health team.
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