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Covid-19: Fears people are struggling with their mental health

Covid-19: Fears people are struggling with their mental health

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:51am 19th May 2020.

Devon and Cornwall Police are urging communities to be kind to each other as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.

Approximately one in four people in the UK experience poor mental health each year.

Mental Health Awareness Week aims to encourage people to share experiences and talk about mental health, which will help dispel the stigma associated with it, which can often stop people from seeking the help they need.

This year's theme is kindness.

During this current pandemic, many people are experiencing poor mental health due to restrictions including social distancing and isolating guidelines.

More people are finding they have increased feelings of anxiety or stress; but such feelings are completely normal at difficult times such as these.

One thing that has been witnessed worldwide during this pandemic, is that kindness is prevailing in these uncertain times. Amid the fear, there is community spirit, unending support, optimism and hope.

“I have noticed in my community that people have been more forgiving of one another and kinder during the lockdown. For example, I was extremely touched when a neighbour of mine offered to wash my car, it really made my day and made me realise that acts like this, that are within all of our gift, can make a positive impact on people’s wellbeing and outlook.

“Unfortunately for many people the present situation has made life extremely difficult. You never know who’s struggling so I would urge everyone this week to reflect on how they might make a big difference through a small act of kindness.”

Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Where you can get help:

If your mental or emotional state is suffering, or you're worried about someone you know - help is available.

The Samaritans offer confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Please call 116 123 – this is a free 24-hour helpline

For more information, help or advice, please visit the Mental Health Foundation at www.mentalhealth.org.uk.

You're not alone; talk to someone you trust. Sharing a problem is often the first step to recovery. 

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