For many people winter can be tough and stressful, this year we also have the coronavirus and lockdown. There is no escaping the fact that this is going to be a very difficult time for a lot of us, and the impact will be greater for some than others.

Looking after your mental health during this time

  • Talk about your worries; it’s normal to feel a bit worried or scared at this time
  • Plan practical things like food and medication
  • Limit your time spent looking at the news
  • Look after your body; healthy eating and exercise
  • Do things you enjoy; there are lots of free courses and tutorials online
  • Stay connected with others; through phone calls, video calls or social media

NHS Every Mind Matters has more expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.

Should you need us, the Sussex Mental Healthline offers crisis care for people in urgent need of help with their mental health. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 0800 0309 500 – we welcome Text Relay calls and New Generation Text calls from hearing and speech impaired callers, on 0300 5000 101.

The Memory Assessment Service is running across Sussex, and teams are working to provide support to all of the people who have made contact with the service.

Up to date information and support about mental health and our services is available on the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust website.