Top tips for mental wellbeing
20 May 2020

This year Mental Health Awareness Week brings a host of unique issues and it’s natural that some people might be struggling. Here’s some expert tips if you’re feeling a bit low:

  • keep a routine
  • get some sunlight and fresh air
  • think of jobs or activities to fill your time
  • plan healthy meals and eat sensibly
  • drink water regularly
  • watch your alcohol intake
  • try some exercise

It can help to think about positives about the current situation, like these:

  • “I like the way that it has brought communities together.”
  • “Life is more peaceful and there’s less traffic noise.”
  • “It’s lovely to see nature around and to enjoy regular walks.”
  • “Using technology is a challenge, but it’s good to keep in touch.”

If you’re finding things difficult, talk to your GP or call NHS 111. Alternately, try some of these services:

Every Mind Matters: Advice on how to look after your mental health. www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters

Solent Mind: Providing remote support for both new and existing service users. Their website www.solentmind.org.uk contains a Coronavirus resource hub and they also have a helpline open from 10am – 2pm Monday to Friday – call 023 8017 9049.

For the Isle of Wight:

  • An Isle of Wight mental health leaflet has a section on local support numbers (and national) that might be useful.
  • A new website dedicated to mental health on the Isle of Wight mental health has been launched iwmentalhealth.co.uk, which has a range of mental health information locally and nationally.
  • A new Isle of Wight children and young people’s mental health Freephone crisis line provides immediate access to safe and confidential support for young people experiencing difficulty with their mental health between the ages of 11 to 17. The freephone number is 0300 303 1590, and is available Monday to Thursday from 3pm to 8.30pm.
  • Isle of Wight Safe Haven, call 01983 520168 or email safehaven@twosaints.org.uk from 5pm to 10pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 10pm on weekends and bank holidays.