Taking care of yourself and managing anxiety

7 July 2020 Posted by

Everyone’s actions have helped to reduce the transmission of coronavirus in our communities. This has led to some changes to the 2m social distancing guidelines. From 4 July 2020, the new “one metre plus” rule will apply but it is also important to remember to continue and remain two metres apart where possible, and to follow existing hygiene measures in place.

While these changes will help you socialise with other households, it is still important to follow the new ‘staying alert and safe (social distancing) guidelines from 4 July. For example, these new guidelines will allow groups of up to two households to meet and meet in groups of up to six people.  Certain venues and public spaces may also open. These include restaurants, pubs, cinemas, visitor attractions, hotels, campsites, libraries, community centres, places of worship, outdoor playgrounds and outdoor gyms.

While these changes will help us to return life to as near normal as possible, the guidelines still mean that we will be living, learning and working in unusual ways. The 2 metres distancing should always be used when and where possible, but some spaces may use the 1 metre plus mitigations if needed. Existing care and health services such as your GP practice are also likely to maintain their existing social distancing measures and use virtual methods of appointments (where possible) to maintain your safety.


Looking after your mental health and wellbeing

5 ways to wellbeing

To stop mental health getting to crisis point try five ways to wellbeing. Doing these things regularly (daily or weekly) will have a positive impact on your mental health

  • Connect with others
  • Be active – even if it’s just a 10 minute walk
  • Learn something new
  • Giving your time to help others is a great mood booster
  • Take notice of your environment – list 5 things you can see/hear/smell/touch

Find out more www.cornwall.gov.uk/fiveways

NHS Local

To talk to someone about your mental wellbeing you can call the 24/7 NHS mental health telephone support, advice and triage help line – 0800 038 5300. Support is available to anyone, regardless of age, all day every day.


Our Five Ways to Wellbeing are designed to offer you a host of tips and advice on nourishing and protecting you mental health, with specialised information on:

  • Connecting with others
  • Being active
  • Continuing to learn
  • Supporting others
  • Taking notice of your environment

It is also important to take the time to relax, eat well, stay hydrated and maintain healthy and active lifestyles that include good quality regular sleeping patterns. Further information can be found on the Every Mind Matters web pages.

Cornwall Council (www.cornwall.gov.uk/mentalhealth) and Start Now for young people (www.startnowcornwall.org.uk) have a lot of information to help you look after your mental wellbeing. In addition, you can find out more information from the Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group mental wellbeing pages for children and adults.

New psychological wellbeing guidance

The Cornwall Council web pages also provide a lot of information to help children young people, adults. This include a psychological wellbeing guidance (available in large print and easy read) for those aged over 16 years, including older adults and key workers. These guides also have a lot of information to help you find the support you may need for your wellbeing.

Hard copies are also available if you struggle to get online and read our information. Please email phnotifications@cornwall.gov.uk if you would like a hard copy of our guidance, detailing the type of guide and where you wish it to be sent.

Citizen Advice Cornwall (CA)

You may also be concerned about your economic and financial situation which can leave people feeling anxious and worried. You can find out what help is available by contacting Citizen Advice Cornwall (CA). CA Offers free, independent, confidential and impartial advice. If you would like CA to call you then you can ask for a call back by texting the word ADVICE for general queries or DEBT for debt related issues, to the number 78866. Or you can call 03444 111 444 Monday – Friday, 10.00am until 4.00pm www.citizensadvicecornwall.org.uk/getting-advice

Social prescribing

Many GP surgeries offer a social prescribing service that helps you access a range of activities to support your wellbeing. Social Prescribing Link Workers are providing 1:1 consultations via telephone or video conferencing. Please contact your GP to find out more.

Safety Planning

A safety plan is for someone to use when they are feeling that their mental health and wellbeing is low, and/or that they are at risk of self-harm or acting on suicidal thoughts – a plan to remind themselves of reasons to live, family and friends they can talk with and things that can make them feel strong and in control of their feelings. This includes a printable, interactive online and easy read (downloadable from the main page) versions.

More information about how you can support someone to create a safety plan, alongside signposting to further sources of support, access to free online suicide prevention and general wellbeing training for adults, and Papyrus’ children’s safety plan can be found on the Cornwall Council website.

Feeling vulnerable or need to  speak to someone?

To talk to someone about your mental wellbeing you can call the 24/7 NHS mental health telephone support, advice and triage help line – 0800 038 5300. Support is available to anyone, regardless of age, all day every day. If you or someone you know feels they need to access urgent mental health support, they will listen to you and asses how best to help.

Your GP or NHS Direct 111 is also available if you need support with your mental wellbeing.

But if you feel overwhelmed, you could call your GP or 111 OR;

If you are a child/young person under 19;


  • Call 116 123to talk to Samaritans, or email: jo@samaritans.org for a reply within 24 hours
  • To find a list of other organisations that can help, you just need to google “I need help now Cornwall”.

For additional support for your mental wellbeing;

  • If you are a young person or worried about a child you can call the Early Help Hub for advice and help (call 01872 322277 or email earlyhelphub@cornwall.gov.uk).
  • Outlook South West offer online support and talking therapies – call 01208 871 905 for people aged 16+ years.
  • ‘We are with you’ for support with alcohol, drugs or mental health call 01872263001 or visit https://www.wearewithyou.org.uk/services/cornwall-truro/.
  • Call 0300 777 4777 or visit https://saferfutures.org.uk/ if you or someone else is affected by domestic abuse, sexual violence and those demonstrating abusive behaviours.


And finally, if you need medical treatment don’t forget you can attend A&E.


About the Author

Research & Information Officer, Amethyst, Community Safety Team

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