Supporting your health & wellbeing throughout the coronavirus crisis
01 June 20  /  Covid-19

No lockdown restrictions have eased slightly in England and we are now allowed a little more freedom to see friends and family, get out and exercise more and drive to destinations such as the countryside and the beach, the coronavirus crisis is still taking its toll on our health and wellbeing.

Many people are reporting periods of anxiety and depression, unable to see loved ones and finding it difficult to cope with the extended periods of social isolation. With families at snapping point, domestic abuse on the increase and a rise in alcohol intake at home, there is a great need for external help and support. 

Many lifelines have been implemented by the UK Government and local communities, but with so much ‘noise’ coming from the press, it’s difficult to know what is actually available. We wanted to give clients and friends of Mathews Comfort access to reliable and accurate sources of information – whether you are young, middle-aged or elderly, working or retired. 

Here, we provide details of a wide range of charities, government bodies and local support groups providing invaluable help to those experiencing problems with isolation, mental health issues, physical health and any form of abuse: 

SupportLine
Confidential emotional support to children, young adults and adults by telephone, email and post, to develop positive coping strategies, healing and increased self-esteem to move forward in life: View the website.

NHS Mental Health
A range of mental health helplines and support groups offering expert advice, whether you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one: View the website.

Oxford Community & Voluntary Action (OCVA)
Here to help you help others by supporting and empowering volunteers, networks, partnerships and non-profit organisations big and small: View the website.

Age UK
The country’s leading charity for older people, providing services and support, particularly for those hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis: View the website.

The Silverline
A free, confidential helpline, providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24/7, 365 days a year: View the website.

Samaritans
Supporting anyone at home, in the workplace, school, prison, the military, health and care who is struggling to cope, or knows someone struggling to cope, feeling suicidal or bereaved.
On the phone, by email, letter, self-help app 24/7, 365 days a year: View the website.

Mind
Help and advice to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem or supporting someone with a mental health condition, via an Infoline, Legal Line, publications and website: View the website.

The Mental Health Foundation
Part of the national mental health response during the coronavirus outbreak, providing up to date information on Government advice and latest public health guidance: View the website.

Rehab4addiction
A useful guide about improving mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to access the guide

Domestic abuse
Free, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline, providing support, access to specialist services in your community and a refuge vacancy for you and your children: View the website.

Exercise
Equipment-free workouts for all levels, that can be done anywhere, at any time, putting the fun back into fitness: View the website.

Exercise for elderly people
Aerobic exercises providing cardiovascular benefits and building muscle to maintain balance and stability, suitable for all abilities, helping you to stay active, fit and independent while at home: View the website.



Mathews Comfort – here to help
We hope that you find these sources of information helpful. If you know of any other Government backed support schemes or local support hubs that we have not highlighted, please let us know.

If this article has highlighted your need for financial assistance, in the form of an accountant, legal or financial support, we are happy to introduce you to our connections. Please call 01865 208 000 or email us at: info@mathewscomfort.co.uk

Safe wishes to all of our clients and friends.

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