MP urges everyone to use mental health and wellbeing portal

Mental and emotional wellbeing help during the coronavirus pandemic has been extended and useful guides published to help people in isolation.

Fylde MP Mark Menzies said he hopes anyone needing help will access the services on offer.

He said: “This is a difficult time for everyone, but anyone struggling with mental health issues, or living with someone with those issues, can access a wealth of information online in the first instance. It is there for everyone to use.

“The NHS’ Every Mind Matters page is a good place to start, with tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus, tips for looking after children and young people, ideas on how best to tackle working from home, and how to maintain mental wellbeing while at home.”

The page can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

The website includes details of how to cope with anxiety during the lockdown period, including tips on how to stay physically healthy, how to stay prepared, and how to maintain contact with other people.

There are tips on how to improve sleeping patterns and details of helplines for people to speak to various mental health services.

Mr Menzies added: “We are living with social isolation – however while we must keep distance from each other physically, it is more important than ever that we talk to each other.

“Chat with neighbours over the fence, call relatives and keep in touch with people on social media.

“Many people feel isolated and lonely in the best of times – while we get through the Coronavirus pandemic, we must put extra effort into keeping contact with all of those around us.”