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20 Mar

Mental Health Tips

Back in July 2018, the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation received funding from Yorkshire Building Society to train staff and volunteers in Mental Health First Aid.

The two day course provides learners with the skills necessary to provide support to someone who may be experiencing mental ill health and more so in urgent or emergency situations, by learning how to spot the signs of a mental health disorder.

At the YCF, we care about people’s mental wellbeing, and since July 2018, we have enabled 14 members of staff and volunteers to complete the course, further improving the quality of support we offer out in Yorkshire’s communities and in the workplace.

During this period of unrest, we understand that the disruption to people’s lives may cause them to feel low. So, we have put together our top tips for looking after your mental health!

1. Don’t speculate – there is a lot of coverage of Covid-19 and therefore a lot of conflicting messages. Try not to speculate and only trust reliable sources of info.

2. Avoiding unnecessary social contact doesn’t mean you can’t stay connected – we live in a time where we can be connected at the tap of a button. Email, social media and phones enable us to stay in touch with our friends and family who may also need a chat!

3. Stay active – this doesn’t mean you need to turn your living room into a home gym. If you are working from home, make sure you get up and stretch regularly. If you would normally rely on the gym to exercise, try making use of many online resources that enable you to work out at home.

4. Keep your mind active – everywhere we look there seems to be news and information overload. Take a breath and pick up that book you’ve been half-way through for the past 6 months.

5. Sleep! – Whilst staying home for long periods may disrupt our usual routines, it is important to stick to a routine as much as possible and this includes making sure you get enough sleep, at night!

Most importantly, during this time, we feel it essential to not judge anyone or jump to conclusions on who is responsible for the outbreak of this disease. Coronavirus, just like mental health, doesn’t discriminate so neither should we.

If you are concerned for your immediate mental wellbeing, there is plenty of support out there. Try contacting one of the following helplines for emotional support:

Mind

Mind offer an information line to answer questions about types of mental health problems, where to get help and, drug and alternative treatments. Call the Mind Infoline on 0300 123 3393 or email info@mind.org.uk

Samaritans

The Samaritans offer emotional support 24 hours a day – in full confidence. Call 116 123 for free, or email jo@samaritans.org.uk

For the time being, the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation are continuing to follow Government advice and will keep you all posted on when we are back up and running.

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