Health and wellbeing during the pandemic

Health and wellbeing

While we all follow the guidance on social distancing and staying at home, it is undoubtably having an impact on our daily lives and it’s important that you take care of your mind as well as your body and to get further support if you need it.

The government’s website has lots of information on what you can do to help your mental health and wellbeing, where to get further support and additional advice for people with specific needs.

Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Mental Health Helpline A 24/7 mental health helpline to provide people with mental health advice during the coronavirus pandemic.

Samaritans – if you’re having a hard time, they can provide you with advice and support.  Call them anytime on 116 123. 

Mind National Mental Health Charity. Call their information line on 0300 123 3393

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) is a charity that supports men under 45 years old with mental health issues. You can call them on 0800 58 58 58.

Age UK have launched a new telephone service for older people who need support if they are self-isolating. Call 01865 411 288 and leave your name and number, someone will call you weekly to see how you are, chat and offer practical support if needed.

Connection Support is a local charity that provides a flexible and tailored support and advice to adults and families in Oxfordshire.  You can contact them on 01865 711267.

The march network The MARCH Mental Health Network focuses on social, cultural and community assets and the role they play in enhancing public mental health and wellbeing

Support through bereavement

If you need bereavement support, you can contact the Bereavement Advice Centre on 0800 6349494 and for young people and children you can contact local charity SeeSaw on 01865 744768.

Drugs and alcohol support and advice

There are lots of organisations available that can provide you or someone you know with support and advice. Head to our community support pages for more information.  

Staying physically active

Staying active is one way you can help improve your mood and mental health. 

Visit our Go Active website for ideas on staying active at home.

Sport England has some great tips and advice that can help you and your family stay active whilst staying at home. 

The NHS’s Change4Life has indoor ideas to keep children active and entertained using Disney themed workouts.