I bet I’m not the only one feeling a little wobbly at the moment. I know full well how hard it is living with mental health problems under normal circumstances, let alone under lockdown! A recent survey by Kings College London reveals that many people are finding things very difficult right now, and that’s not really a surprise. These are uncertain times for everyone.
I hope you are all OK out there. I’m successfully remaining as calm as I can (well, most of the time anyway!), but I’m not ashamed to admit to being worried about catching the virus and I’ve definitely been overthinking it a bit. Hopefully, my battered immune system will continue to behave itself (ditto my mental health!) and I’ll get through this relatively unscathed – and I hope you do too.
Since I can’t be out and about very much (big up all the volunteers, NHS workers, and key workers who are out and about, keeping the UK going right now), I decided that I could use my knowledge and experience of the mental health system from home and provide some (mostly general) information that might help if you or someone you know is finding lockdown difficult from a mental health perspective.
Not all of this information will be useful for everyone, and it is strongly focused on the UK, but I hope you find something that does help – if I’ve missed anything (or if anything is incorrect), please let me know. You can comment on this post or tweet me.
NB: If you or someone you know is currently in crisis, please scroll down to the bottom of this post for details of available resources.
Stay safe, keep well, and much love x