Mental Health Awareness Week

In Mental Health and Awareness Week, the Welsh Government is reminding us of the importance of mental health and wellbeing both to workers and to the general population.

It says: “These are unprecedented times for us as a society and whether you are self-employed or a business owner, Covid-19 will be causing a level of uncertainty. However, now more than ever, we should take steps to take care of our mental health and that of employees. 

“There is a wealth of support available online:

“The Welsh Government site ‘Looking Out for Each Other Safely’ includes a helpful wellbeing section. For further information, please follow this link: https://gov.wales/safe-help

” ‘Staying Well at Home’ is the wellbeing site that includes a section on ‘How are you feeling?’ For further information, please follow this link: https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/staying-well-at-home/

“The Five Ways to Wellbeing are a set of evidence-based messages aimed at improving the mental health and wellbeing of the whole population. They were developed by the New Economics Foundation from evidence gathered in the Foresight Mental Capital and Wellbeing project (2008).

“The five ways are:

“The NHS lists five simple things on its website which we can all do to give our wellbeing a boost. For further information, please follow this link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/improve-mental-wellbeing/

“The C.A.L.L helpline offers emotional support and information/literature on mental health and related matters to the people of Wales. Anyone concerned about their own mental health or that of a relative or friend can access the service. The C.A.L.L. helpline offers a confidential listening and support service. Phone: 0800 132 737 Website: http://www.callhelpline.org.uk/

“The Samaritans offer help and support via their call centre and email provisions. Telephone: 116 123. Telephone Welsh Language service: 0808 164 0123. Email: jo@samaritans.org. Website: https://www.samaritans.org. Or write a letter: Chris, Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 9090, STIRLING FK8 2SA.”

Nigel Summerley

Nigel Summerley retired from The Oldie magazine to return to freelance journalism. He previously held executive staff jobs at the London Evening Standard, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Express before freelancing for 20 years for newspapers including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Guardian and the ‘i’ paper, plus a wide range of magazines. He continues to write about music, travel and health, and blogs at www.nigel-summerley.blogspot.com.

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