It is estimated that around one in four people in the UK are affected by mental health problems annually and the most common issues are depression and anxiety. During the COVID-19 crisis and the lockdown period, the number of people affected by mental health issues and the range of problems have inevitably increased.
It’s normal to feel stressed, scared, confused and even angry during this period – and it is also important to be able to seek help and advice.
Although sport and exercise are advocated as beneficial to mental well-being, it doesn’t mean that athletes both younger and older are not affected by mental illness. It is likely, too, that lockdown has an impact on people who would normally turn to sport to help balance negative feelings during a crisis. While we can exercise, the length and breadth of activities and many training goals and races have been reduced or curtailed.
This post offers a list of helpful resources, especially during lockdown and throughout the COVID-19 crisis. There is also a talk on “sport, exercise & mental health” as presented by GTC head coach Vicky Begg, who has a Masters in Sports Psychology.
Key on-line resources to support mental well-being
NHS Inform offers a wealth of information and advice, including mental health issues and how to stay safe.
A new app from NHS Scotland enables you to get an isolation note to give your employer as proof that you need to stay off work because of COVID-19. You DON’T need to get a note from your GP. See 111 NHS.
Also see a Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook published by the Wellness Society:
Young Minds is for children and young people specifically. There is also a parent helpline: 0808 802 5544
Mental well-being advice from Scotland’s mental health charity SAMH.
Practical advice and resources specifically related to the coronavirus pandemic can be found via the Mental Health Foundation.
Mental Health UK is a charity that offers a range of support.
Anxiety UK is a charity that supports people with a range of anxiety issues. Text service: 07537 416905.
Domestic abuse support through SDAFMH, which offers a confidential, sensitive service for anyone to call. You can speak to a professional in your preferred language: 0800 0271234 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Samaritans in Scotland has resources and information to help you if you are worried about your own mental health, or are concerned about someone you care for. The helpline is: 116 123 anytime.
NSPCC has tips and advice for parents and carers who may be concerned about the safety and wellbeing of a young person.
British Red Cross has set up a free Coronavirus Support Line to help people facing a range of issues due to the lockdown period. The number: 0808 196 3651 is open daily from 10am to 6pm. The service is completely confidential.
Generations Working Together Self Care Kit is a useful tool that may help us in these difficult times. It covers the importance of looking after yourself, having fun and how it need not be expensive. Download the guide here.
A funeral director at Caledonia Cremation has launched a support line, with the support of Foundation Scotland, for anyone in Scotland who has lost a loved one to coronavirus.
An article about Zoom Fatigue highlights the challenges of having so many online video calls.
Mind to Walk is a podcast that you can use to enhance the benefits of walking and mindfulness. It has been launched during lockdown. See information about the free podcast.
Sport, exercise & mental health video
GTC head coach Vicky gives a talk on sport, exercise and mental health.