Coronavirus & Mental Health Week

This week (18th – 24th May) is “Mental Health Week”.

[Edit:: Link to documents updated 21/05/2020 – NewsDesk]

Many of our clients leave prison with some issues of depression or anxiety, and the extended period of lockdown and social isolation has been a difficult time for them.

We have published various updates and mental health support info over the last few weeks, specifically in relation to the negative effects on mental health and overall wellbeing that coronavirus and the enforced lockdown brings.

It is one of our daily briefing main topics. And we have reported our increased the frequency of welfare calls and use video links to our client houses when we can to help with improved face to face contact.

Mental health and client wellbeing during this period has been of paramount importance to us, and probably our single biggest challenge during Covid-19.

So, we are pleased to note this week that to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, Shropshire Council’s public health team has created a mental health resources guide to help support people’s mental health and wellbeing, through the coronavirus situation, which we will be making available to any of our clients who would find it useful.

“Shropshire Council, along with its partners, are here to support and help you, both now and over the coming weeks and months. To assist our residents during these difficult times, we have agreed to invest in an additional suite of mental wellbeing resources to help those impacted by the pandemic, as well as to protect against poor mental health, promote positive emotional wellbeing and support those with existing mental ill health conditions.”

“This has been guided through our partnership and community response programmes, working with our colleagues from the NHS, voluntary and charity sector, and social care, to identify immediate needs and ensure we have appropriate mechanisms in place to address emotional wellbeing concerns sooner, before they become more complex.”

Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health

(There are also a number of other useful links to be found here on the website.)

As ever the team of keyworkers and counsellors at YR will continue to offer help and round the clock support for our clients, and look forward to a time hopefully fairly soon when we are able to return to a more normal pattern of daily support. And hope too that we are soon able to get back out into the wider community to meet with all our supporters and to begin our range of community based projects again.

In the mean time, our thoughts and prayers are with all. Stay safe, both physically and mentally.

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