COVID-19 and your mental well-being

COVID-19 and your mental well-being

 

Looking after your mental well-being

As you observe social distancing, you may find yourself becoming bored and frustrated more often. Your mood and feelings may be affected; you may feel low, worried or have problems sleeping and you might just miss being outside with friends and family.

At times like these, it is easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour which in turn can make you feel worse. Some simple things you can do that may help to stay mentally and physically active are:

  • look for ideas of exercises you can do at home online
  • learn a new skill or take up a new indoor hobby
  • spend time doing things you enjoy but never had enough time for –  reading, cooking, other indoor hobbies or listening to the radio or watching TV programmes
  • try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and try to avoid smoking, alcohol and drugs
  • keep your windows open to let in fresh air, get some natural sunlight if you can, or spend time in your garden
  • You can also go for a walk or exercise outdoors if you stay more than 2 metres from others.
  • Draw on support networks via friends and family
  • Try to stay in touch with those around you over the phone, by post, or online; build that into your routine. This will help you to look after your own mental well-being too.

Useful Contacts for Local Mental Health Support:

Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) at Coaling Island support people living in the community who have complex or serious mental health problems every day from 9am-5pm – Phone: 200 42307/200 41659

Approved Mental Health Practitioners (AMHP) at Primary Care Centre are responsible for considering requests to carry out Mental Health Act assessments on individuals in certain circumstances every day from 9am-5pm – Phone: 200 71386

Ocean Views Hospital – Phone: 200 78807

  • Sunshine Ward – Phone: 200 48160
  • Horizon/Sky Ward – Phone: 200 48169

A&E-Mental Health Liaison Nurse provides mental health assessment and treatment for people who are inpatients at SBH or for those who may go to the A&E department and are in need of a mental health assessment.

In the event of a mental health crisis, they can be contacted by phoning Ocean views hospital on 20078807. If they are unable to answer your call someone from the Mental Health Team will contact you later that day.

GibSams – free to call service from 6pm to midnight every day; if you want to talk to someone in confidence. Call: 116 123

Clubhouse Gibraltar – providing mental health support during the following  hours:

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 9.00 am to 4.30pm; Tuesdays 9.00 am to 6.00 pm; Fridays 9.00 am to 3.00pm. Telephone: 20068423 or Email: support@clubhousegibraltar.com You can also see their website for more information: clubhousegibraltar.com

Childline – 8008 free phone available from 5pm – 9pm

  • Live chat service available every day from 5pm – 9pm
  • WhatsApp: 58008288
  • Email: help@childline.gi.