Shadow Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Angela Burns AM has stressed the need for people to consider their mental health during the Covid 19 Pandemic.
With lifestyles and routines being temporarily changed, less social interaction and concerns surrounding their own and their loved ones physical health, experts are warning of a considerable increase in mental health problems over the coming weeks and months.
For those in work, different challenges will be prevalent, especially for those staff working in our health care services.
Along with new cases, people with existing issues are experiencing different ways of accessing support, with many services now being offered remotely, either over the phone or via video call, which presents new challenges.
Commenting Angela said
“Over the last two months our everyday lives have changed considerably and, whilst we are concentrating on staying well and taking precautions to avoid contracting the virus, we must also be conscious of the effect that the current situation has on our mental health.
“It is natural for all of us to feel anxious and concerned at these times, but there are a number of things which we can do to help reduce the impact that these feelings have on us.
“I personally find it very reassuring to speak to my family and friends, over the phone or one of the many video call platforms that are now available.
“It is also vital that we maintain routine during and achieve a good sleeping pattern, set goals to realise during the day and eat a healthy diet. Where possible,and within Government guidelines, it is also important that we get regular exercise as this is recognised as having a positive impact on our mental wellbeing.
“For those of us with school aged children support is available from their school as to how parents and guardians can support mental health wellbeing for pupils.
“The Mental Health Charity, Mind have an excellent website, www.mind.org.uk which provides accessible information surrounding mental health issues during the current pandemic
“For those brave people providing our health care I am delighted that a new service has been set up by Cardiff University and supported by Welsh Government to provide exclusive mental health support. This service can be reached by calling 0800 058 2738, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting the Health for Health Professionals Wales website.
“It is vital that we remember that it is not only our physical health that we need to safeguard during these challenging times but also our mental wellbeing.”