With Covid-19, it is even more important to look after your health and wellbeing and know where to go for good advice.
Practical advice and support during the pandemic for parents/carers of school aged children.
This is a hard time for everyone and it’s normal to feel down sometimes. There are many things you can do to support your wellbeing.
There is useful advice at www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
A new mental health support service launched by the local NHS offers emotional help, guidance and reassurance to people in Birmingham and Solihull who may be finding the current situation we are living with overwhelming.
A bereavement helpline is available and includes support for people bereaved by suicide. Please call 0121 687 8010.
The opening hours for the telephone support are:
- Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9.00am to 5.00pm
- Tuesday, Thursday: 9.00am to 8.00pm
- Saturday and Sunday: 12.00pm to 5.00pm
More information about bereavement support is available here.
If you are feeling really anxious, a relaxation exercise can help restore some calm.
If things feel really tough, Samaritans can listen at any time of the day or night. You can talk to them about anything that's troubling you. Call free on 116 123 or visit their website.
There are five key ways to look after your wellbeing:
- Connect with other people - Make the most of apps like Skype, WhatsApp and FaceTime to stay in touch with friends and family. Talking about frustrations with the situation can help.
- Learn and create – try to view the time indoors as a different but potentially positive time to develop new interests and skills with online video tutorials and new pastimes.
- Share and give - Share positive messages and offer advice online, connect with others by taking part in virtual groups such as online choirs or follow live streamed events like pamper sessions.
- Pay attention – Being mindful can help you approach challenges and enjoy life more. Read more about mindfulness, including steps you can take to be more mindful in your everyday life.
- Be Active - It can be a challenge to stay active at home but here are some ideas that might help.
The local NHS offers emotional help, guidance and reassurance to people in Birmingham and Solihull who may be finding the current situation we are living with overwhelming. People can phone the following helplines:
0-19 year olds in Solihull
Monday- Friday (8am-8pm): 0121 301 2750
Weekends and evenings (8pm-8am): 0121 301 5500
11-25 year olds in Solihull - Counselling and support 24/7: www.kooth.com
Over 18s in Birmingham and Solihull - 7 days a week (9am-11pm):0121 262 3555
Key workers - 7 days a week (9am-11pm): 0121 633 1217
Find out more here.
Staying Active at Home
Staying at home can mean can make it tricky to keep active. For ideas on exercising at home, try searching online for NHS gym-free workouts or NHS home workout videos.
Start gradually and build up slowly if you are new to this type of exercise. There are more great ways than you might think to exercise in your own home, with a variety of options that don’t require special equipment and can be done in small spaces. There are some ideas and tips to help you and your family get active at home at www.solihullactive.co.uk.
Staying at Home with Children
Staying at home can bring a range of challenges for bored and frustrated children and increasing demands on parents and carers. For advice on managing this time at home, please visit www.solgrid.org.uk/fivetothrive/parenting/
There are also really useful tips for families under pressure at the Maudsley Charity’s website here - https://familiesunderpressure.maudsleycharity.org/
Solihull Integrated Addiction Services (SIAS)
If you need support or advice around alcohol or substance misuse, please contact the SIAS in confidence on 0121 301 4141 or visit www.sias-solihull.org.uk.
COVID-19 - time to quit smoking
If you smoke now is the time to quit to help you stay healthy and stay out of hospital.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory infection; it affects the lungs and airways. Smoking damages your lungs and weakens your immune system, increasing your risk of developing life-threatening complications from COVID 19.
If you smoke, quitting is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others, and reduce your need to use the NHS.
It’s never too late to quit. From the moment you quit your body starts to repair itself.
For more information and help to stop smoking contact the service on 0800 599 9880 (free phone). More information here
Sexual health services
During the Coronavirus lockdown period the Umbrella Sexual Health Service delivered by University Hospitals Birmingham is still available for Birmingham & Solihull residents. Find out more here or on the Umbrella website.
Help and support this winter
A free NHS flu vaccine is available every year to eligible people, to help protect them from the risk of flu and its complications. Flu is very different to the common cold and can even be life threatening for people who are in an at-risk group. Ask your pharmacist or GP if you’re eligible for a free flu vaccine. It is one of the most important things you can do to prevent yourself from becoming ill this winter.