With a gloomy start to lockdown 2.0, everyone’s mind turns to how we are going to cope this time around. The first lockdown back in March, brought a mixture of feelings and emotions. For some it brought the chance to work from home, opening up the work life balance some have longed for, for others there were new hobbies and activities to discover with their newly enhanced free time, some families were separated and time together became zoom quizzes, while others lived in each others pockets with no chance of alone time. The sun shining and warm temperatures meant it was like working on an extended summer holiday, with the long days allowing for evening walks and exercise or drinks in the garden.
Now, here we are in November. Who would have thought we would be going down this road again, albeit a very different experience this time. The summer evenings are long gone and we say hello to the cold winter frost and dark days. This time we are engulfed with a sense of fear and unknown that our elderly relatives could be alone for Christmas, the job insecurity but most importantly the mental health of our country. Nobody could have written the year 2020, and we all need to ensure that we do everything we can to make our mental health our top priority. It is already proven that the winter blues affect around 2 million people in the UK, a lockdown at this time of year could have detrimental effects to mental health.
During the global pandemic, attitudes to mental health have altered drastically and have become a key topic of conversation. Companies are encouraging employees to talk more and friends and family have become more attentive to others health during this time and with the help of leading mental health charity, Solent Mind, the mental health wellbeing app could be a saving grace for those who struggle to talk, or for those who just need that ongoing support and encouragement. Together, with tech company 2Viz, Solent Mind created the app to support users to take positive steps and take control of their mental health and wellbeing. The app is packed with interactive resources, daily check-ins, toolkits to upskill, find local services and set weekly challenges.
Now has never been a more vital time to offer the extra support.