Talking about mental health doesn't have to be scary.The COVID-19 pandemic has been a really tough time for a lot of people.If you're struggling at the moment check out the mental health support available to everyone in Barnsley: https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/.../alright-pal-mental.../
I know many people have been worried about parents and relatives who suffer from dementia during the COVID-19 crisis.The Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Connect Team is here for everyone affected on 03331503456.Their online forum also offers valuable support: https://forum.alzheimers.org.uk/
If you've had COVID-19 or experienced symptoms please consider donating plasma.It's safe, easy and could save lives.Donations can be made at the Leeds city centre and Bradford donor centre.Click the link to find out more: nhsbt.nhs.uk
Everyone is spending a lot more time at home than normal.Public Health England has a useful guide on how to stay active during the COVID-19 outbreak. Exercise is good not only for physical health but also mental health, sleep and injury prevention.https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/media/14501/phe-active-at-home-booklet-21-may-electronic.pdf
If you are living with or affected by dementia in Barnsley and need support please call 08081963692.The helpline is available 7 days a week, 8pm-midnight and is made up of senior and experienced staff from 5 local organisations.
If you are self-isolating and need some support please get in touch with NHS Volunteer Responders.They can help with:Collecting shopping, medication and essential suppliesCheck-in and chat phone calls Call 0808 196 3646 or click this link.
At the end of Mental Health Awareness Week I just want to remind everyone to Speak Your Mind and reach out to a loved one with a positive message.These are really difficult times and it's ok to be worried or anxious.Click this link for support: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
Thank you to all the frontline workers who are working around the clock to support our community.Our Frontline is offering mental health support 24/7 to help you through the COVID-19 crisis.For info visit: https://www.mentalhealthatwork.org.uk/ourfrontline/
Mental health support is still available for children and young people in Barnsley.The wonderful CAMHS team are still here to help!Find out more about the support available here, and click here to see Leanne's video message.
NHS blood donor sessions and donor centres are still open!We need to keep donating so our hospitals have the supply they need in the coming few weeks and months. Follow NHS Blood Donation's Facebook page for up to date info.Together we can get through the Coronavirus crisis.