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Minding your Mental Health - COVID-19

Minding your Mental Health - COVID-19

SBHI COVID-19 Support Group

We are delighted to inform you that we have launched a COVID-19 Support Group for SBHI service users on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SbhiSupportGroup

Many of our service users such as members, parents and carers are currently experiencing stress and anxiety associated with the ongoing pandemic. The COVID-19 Support Group will provide a safe space for SBHI service users to interact during this unprecedented time. The utility of this group will be reviewed once the Government lifts all COVID-19 restrictions.

The purpose of the group:

• Help alleviate anxiety and worry amongst our service users.

• Enable peers to share mutual experiences.

• Facilitate the sharing of helpful resources and services.

• Relieve isolation & loneliness.

• Offer advice on practical queries such PA services, medical services, medical and continence supplies, allowances and entitlements etc.

• Provide reliable and genuine COVID-19 information.

SBHI staff will moderate the COVID-19 Support Group and offer support where required within our usual operating hours: Monday – Friday, 9am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm. If support is required outside of these hours, please refer to the ‘Important Contacts’ resource on the COVID-19 Support Group. The Support Group is a private, moderated group with specific terms and conditions. Before requesting to join the group, please read and accept the terms and conditions listed on the ‘About’ page. If you are under 18 and wish to join the group, please email written parental permission to [email protected]

To join the group, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SbhiSupportGroup


List of resources for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Please click here to download the guide.


Wellbeing ‘In This Together’

The joint DOH, HSE campaign continues to give mental health and wellbeing advice across the country, and local authorities through Healthy Ireland are also rolling it out on a regional basis.

New videos covering the following topics have been added here:

• Tips when visiting your GP, Dr John O'Brien, GP • Tips for the traveller community, Patrick Reilly • Staying safe in your home - Sgt Graham Kavanagh, An Garda Siochana • Managing sleep difficulties, Daniel Flynn, HSE


Mental health supports and services during coronavirus

A list of mental health supports and services during coronavirus is available at: https://www2.hse.ie/services/mental-health-supports-and-services-during-coronavirus/ - This includes '50808', a new text-based mental health service funded by the HSE. ‘50808’ is a free 24/7 text service, providing everything from a calming chat to immediate support for people going through mental health or emotional crisis. Find out more: https://www2.hse.ie/services/mental-health-supports-and-services-during-coronavirus/


New Bereavement Support Line to Assist Staff and Public During the COVID-19 Pandemic

A new national freephone bereavement support line has been launched by the Irish Hospice Foundation in conjunction with the HSE. The national freephone service, 1800 80 70 77 is available Monday to Friday from 10am to 1pm.

The support line aims to provide a confidential space for people to speak about their experience or ask questions relating to bereavement. Read more about the new Bereavement Support line by clicking here.

Callers will be listened to with compassion and be provided with emotional support and information on any practical issues that may be helpful.


WHO - Coping with stress

‘Infectious disease outbreaks like coronavirus (COVID-19), can be worrying. This can affect your mental health. But there are many things you can do to mind your mental health during times like this.’ Find out more by visiting: https://www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/mental-health/minding-your-mental-health-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak.html


Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook

'In this unprecedented period of global uncertainty, we felt it was necessary to put together this workbook to provide our community with much needed support' - The Wellness Society. To download your pdf guide, please click here.


Five Ways Over Five Days - COVID-19 video supports

The Cork Kerry Community Healthcare will release a video with advice and support from Principal Psychology Manager Daniel Flynn for anyone impacted by Covid-19.

The first video in the Five ways over Five series is at this link and is a useful discussion on understanding our emotions.

The second video is here and in it Daniel explains why we may be frustrated with the restrictions Covid-19 has placed on us.

Videos in the Five ways over Five days series will launch on their YouTube channel each day, with links on the CKCH Twitter account @CorkKerryCH.

The short daily videos may help you in responding more effectively with psychological impact of Covid-19 and help you to develop new understanding and skills that will ease some of the emotional stress associated with current life changes.

These key skills are:

Day 1, Monday - Understanding our Emotions- Why we have emotions and how we manage them even if we do not like them. It’s at this link.

Day 2, Tuesday - Understanding our states of mind, how with balance emotion and reason and find a more wise mind, and it’s available here.

Day 3, Wednesday -Daily Mindfulness- How to be in the moment, the “what” and “how” of everyday practice.

Day 4, Thursday - Relationship Mindfulness- how to be mindful of others and protect your relationships.

Day 5, Friday - Coping with Distress- some crisis survival tips when things are not how you want them to be.

There are also resource sheets with additional skills and tips available at https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/1/lho/kerry/healthy-ireland-/


Stress Control - Online Sessions

For more information on Stress Control Sessions, please click the image below.


Managing Anxiety/Stress

https://www.alustforlife.com/ - This is another very useful website with instructional videos on how to manage anxiety and stress during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Tips - Working from Home

https://www.alustforlife.com/the-bigger-picture/minding-your-mind-with-a-routine-when-working-from-home-during-covid19 - This is a useful guide for keeping a routine while working from home.


Dr Eddie Murphy - Mental Health Tips

Dr Eddie Murphy – Clinical Psychologist, Author and Mental Health Advocate provides tips on minding your mental health in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.


HSE: Infectious disease outbreaks like #COVID-19 can be worrying. This can affect your mental health. But there are many things you can do to mind your mental health during times like this.

For updated factual information on COVID-19 (coronavirus), and minding your mental health, visit: https://www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/mental-health/minding-your-mental-health-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak.html