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Mental Wellbeing

If you have to stay at home because of coronavirus it's important to take care of your physical and mental health.  You may become bored, frustrated or lonely, or be worried or anxious about your finances, your health, or those around you.  Actively noticing and managing your mood will help you get through what feels like a strange time.  There are lots of good resources to help you look after your own mental wellbeing, and plenty of practical tips and advice.
Think about staying active, connecting with other people, taking notice of the good things around you, finding ways to keep learning, and giving something back to your friends, family or community.  Click the links to find out more about how to do this.
Keeping learning is one of the key ways you can look after your mental health.  Click here for a range of free courses from the Open University and FutureLearn.
There’s also a wide range of e-books and newspapers available to read via your local Library’s online service here.
If you are an older person self-isolating there is some specific advice from Age UK, including how to stay in touch by making video calls to family members.

COVID-19 resources hub for people affected by Dementia

The resource hub provides a wide range of guidance and information for people living with dementia and those that care for them. The website also signposts to where you can get the help and support you need, whether it’s help with shopping or support with your mental health and wellbeing.
All resources have been quality checked.  Visit the Dementia United website

If you feel you need extra support to manage your mental health, or are living with a mental illness click this link to find out about helplines and services.