There is a lot to think about at the moment. From the hectic day-to-day realities of working and schooling from home, to trying to support friends and family who are self-isolating, to the endless gloomy news reports, not to mention those who are facing real hardship or bereavement; this situation can feel like a perfect storm of stressful stimuli. That's why it is more important than ever that we all take care of our mental health and that of those around us. There's a whole range of useful links in the Well-Being section, and below is a handy 5-point cheat-sheet for those moments when we we're feeling overwhelmed: please consider using it, or recommend it others who might find it useful; it's amazing the difference that taking a moment out can make. Finally, please remember that we at Queensway are here for everyone in our community - if you are experiencing difficulties, please don't be afraid to reach out to us.
This is a very sensitive topic, but an incredibly important one as domestic violence can affect any family and any individual can be a victim. One consequence of the current lockdown restrictions has sadly been an increase in these incidents, so it is more important than ever that people are aware of the support that is available. The above link is from the Leeds Domestic Violence Service (LDVS) and provides information about service as well as contact details.
Their 24-hour helpline can be reached at 0113 246 0401. For emergency situations, call 999.
Safer Leeds have have launched a domestic violence campaign and can be followed on Twitter, @saferleeds and @LCCnews. There is also advice on the NHS website with information about what domestic violence is, what to do if yourself, a friend or a relative experience it, and links to a wide range of charitable organisations that provide support.
Our Queensway family is an amazing community, and we are always looking out for one another - please do what you can to make others aware of this issue and the help that is available. If in doubt, seeking advice is always the right thing to do.
Silvercloud is a leading provider of online mental health resources, and is used by the NHS in Leeds. During the coronavirus outbreak they are offering free access to online support for parents and carers.
The site has been designed by clinical experts with the aim of empowering you to think and feel better. The website contains programmes and tools for adults who are experiencing emotional well-being difficulties during the current situation. There are specific modules on stress, resilience and sleep plus some general well-being tips. It contains easy to use content and interactive tools.
The online space is secure and anonymous. No identifying details are required apart from a contact e-mail address. To access the site go to https://nhs.silvercloudhealth.com/signup/ and enter the code ‘north’ when prompted.
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