How to support each other… from afar
During challenging times, the mental health as well as physical health of those is more important than ever. With many people already struggling with feelings of loneliness, lack of routine or worry, the lack of daily interaction or contact can be extremely difficult to deal with.
As an emergency response charity, we look after a multitude of patients suffering from a range of illnesses and injuries, and these can sometimes be related to mental health issues. We know now, more than ever, we need to support each other, but how can we do that from a distance?
While many are working from home or following social distancing measures, find out how can you support colleagues, friends and family that may need mental health support at this time.
Staying connected is easier than ever thanks to advances in technology. You can communicate
with someone at the touch of a button without leaving the house. Remember to email and text friends and family just to ask how they are, and consider calling and video calling them too. Try to do this at the start or end of the day (or both!).
Encourage regular exercise! Exercise doesn’t have to be excessive or even mean going outdoors. Exercise has been proven to boost endorphins and elevate moods. While many people are spending more time indoors, it can be easy to become less active. Suggest online tutorials for Pilates, yoga or HIIT classes or even challenge them to see if they can beat your ‘personal best’ at something fun and simple like burpees or squats.
Working remotely doesn’t have to mean isolation
Just because you’re not in the office or workplace doesn’t mean those meetings and catch-ups need to be missed. Set up video calls and conferences. Even work socials can continue! A pub quiz via a video call can be just as fun and really help to make people feel involved and help them experience some ‘normal’ social interaction that they may have been missing.
If you are worried about someone’s mental health or even your own, there is support available. Whether you just want some more advice on how to deal with a situation or you need someone to talk to, see if your workplace has a dedicated mental health first aider or employee assistance programme, or visit the Mental Health First Aid England website for further guidance.