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Coronavirus lockdown and mental health

At the time of writing this blog, the UK is currently still in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The impact it’s having on people’s mental health isn’t yet known. However, living and working in lockdown is bound to have an effect on stress levels.

Financial pressures and staff furloughing, health concerns, feelings of isolation and adjustments to remote working are all impacting on staff and business owners.

In fact, researchers are calling for urgent studies on the mental health impact of coronavirus.

Here are some of our thoughts on how employers can support the mental health of staff during the coronavirus lockdown.

Mental Health Foundation tips

The Mental Health Foundation is part of the national mental health response which is providing support during the coronavirus outbreak.

They’ve created a page that is regularly updated and gives advice about looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

You can read more in the link above but here are a few of their tips.

  • Plan your day to start and end at roughly the same time every day
  • Stay active and take advantage of the daily exercise allowance
  • Try relaxation techniques
  • Connect with others by post, over the phone, on social media or video chat
  • Make sure you’re getting enough sleep
  • Rely on trusted sources for information about the pandemic and lockdown, such as, the NHS and WHO.
  • Manage how you follow the news and find the right balance between being informed but not overwhelmed

Mental Health First Aid during the coronavirus

As more businesses recognise the importance of mental health first aid, they are adapting this support to be offered remotely to their staff.

The role of mental health first aiders is to recognise the signs of mental health issues, listen to colleagues concerns and direct them to further support.

Remember that mental health first aid is just one part of an organisation’s approach to mental health and wellbeing

Whether individuals have mental health first aid skills or not, setting up regular check-ins with staff for an informal chat is just as important as formal company updates.

Supporting the mental health of staff in lockdown

We are all trying to find the best ways to cope in uncertain times.

We recently discovered this helpful blog that highlights six ways to enhance your well-being while self-quarantining.

FutureLearn also offer courses that will help you manage your mental health and support others who are struggling during lockdown.

And Rehab4Addiction has written an article about guarding mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s vital that business owners give their staff the help and support they need to maintain good mental health in the workplace (or in this case, working from home) during the coronavirus lockdown. 

Our specialists are here to help businesses manage the mental health and wellbeing of employees through our occupational health services. 

Get in touch to find out more.

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