Council urges public to take time out for Mental Health

24 December 2020

Cheshire West and Chester Council is urging people to prioritise their mental health over this year’s unusual festive period.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council said: “Our mental health is affected by what’s happening around us and concern about the coronavirus pandemic may put extra strain on us all this year.  Many people already find this time of year quite tough anyway or it might be a time of year you really look forward to and are very disappointed that things can’t be the same this year. It’s vitally important that everyone takes time now to focus on the positive steps that can create good mental health and wellbeing."

Adopting the ‘five ways to wellbeing’ can really help. These five steps have been researched and developed by the New Economics Foundation1 as being key elements that contribute to our mental wellbeing. 

They are: stay connected, be active, keep learning, give and take notice. Applying these five steps can help maintain a positive approach to each day.

Below are a list of websites offering further resources, support and advice:
  • Five ways to wellbeing: make sure you follow the latest COVID-19 government guidelines to stay safe.
  • Live Well website: coping with coronavirus, mental health support, bereavement.
  • Every Mind Matters: tips to deal with change, sleeping tips, loneliness, dealing with stress and anxiety, mental health and support for children and young people
  • Kind to your mind: wellbeing tools, apps, podcasts
  • Stay Alive: The Stay Alive app is a suicide prevention resource. This can be used if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.
  • Brio Leisure: updates on fitness and membership offers.
  • Libraries: eBooks, eMagazines and audio downloads, plus culture, arts and music
  • West Cheshire Museums: online exhibitions, online adult and children’s crafts
  • Places to explore
**The Cheshire West Mental Health Crisis Helpline is open 24/7 for adults, children and young people: 0800 145 6485 **

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