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A message to our Health in Mind community from our Chief Executive, Wendy Bates (17 April 2020)

This is an uncertain time for everyone in our community - those who access our services, our staff, volunteers, fundraisers, supporters and partners as well as those we connect with on social media.

Living with current social distancing and for some self-isolation, as well as worries about the virus, can have a negative impact on our mental health and wellbeing.

Some in our community are also living with worries about paying bills and making sure there is enough food on the table for their family. Others who are already living with mental health difficulties now have added pressures as access to their support network is reduced.

It’s important that we take action to look after our mental health and wellbeing every day but now more than ever it’s important to have wellbeing tools, support and connections in place.

Health in Mind is committed to continuing to provide quality support and services during this time. We have worked hard to identify ways to do this by moving support online, contacting people by phone or video and working in partnership with other organisations.

We are unclear how long we will have to stay at home, but during this time we will continue to develop new ways of offering support to reach more people and we will continue to share these updates on our website and through our social media channels.

We have created a dedicated Coronavirus (Covid-19) section on our website that is regularly updated. It includes information on our services, current volunteering roles as well as helpful articles and blogs including ideas about keeping well based on the 5 Ways to Wellbeing and moving your support and counselling online.

We are working hard to keep a sense of community going within Health in Mind. Our fundraising team is busy developing virtual events and thinking about different ways to bring people together informally during this time. Our supporters are key in allowing us to move forward and offer new and innovative services now and in the future.

If you have any questions or ideas about our services or events then please get in touch. We have always involved those who use our services in developing them and this won’t stop because we are now working from home.

Please email contactus@health-in-mind.org.uk or call 0131 225 8508.

I encourage everyone to try and take advantage of their one form of exercise a day and to connect with family and friends. We know that physical exercise and connectivity have positive impacts on our mental health and wellbeing.

By remaining connected and being honest about our mental health during this time we will get through this together.

If you would like to donate to Health in Mind please visit our Donate page or contact our Fundraising Manager, Lynne Stanford lynne.stanford@health-in-mind.org.uk

Wendy

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