New campaign wants you to be “Kind to Your Mind”

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PEOPLE in Liverpool are being urged to be kind to their minds during the Coronavirus outbreak.

A new campaign, Kind to your Mind, led by Cheshire & Merseyside Health & Care Partnership, has been launched that aims to support the mental wellbeing of people living and working across the region.

The campaign also sees the launch of the new ALMA wellbeing online portal that has a suite of mental and physical wellbeing resources that has been exclusively developed for people in Merseyside and Cheshire.

To visit ALMA and to find plenty of other resources visit www.kindtoyourmind.org

The campaign launched on Monday 13 April and will run for six weeks.

A new podcast series covering topics such as building resilience, mental health, nutrition, physical activity and sleep will also be released from Monday 20 April.

Mersey Care NHS Trust has also launched a 24-hour helpline to support mental health assessments away from emergency services.

Members of the public who have urgent mental health needs who would otherwise have presented at accident and emergency can call 0151 296 7200. The line is open 24/7.

Sheena Cumiskey, chief executive of Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and lead for mental health in Cheshire and Merseyside said: “Taking care of your mind as well as your body is crucial.

“Complementing the launch of this wellbeing campaign are new telephone helplines for urgent mental health support, which will be available in each area of Cheshire and Merseyside. The helplines will operate 24/7 to enable people to receive appropriate and timely support.”

Matt Ashton, Director of Public Health for Liverpool, said: “Key workers and members of the public are likely to be feeling stress or anxiety at this difficult time as we make major changes to how we live and work.

“It is more important than ever that we look after our mental wellbeing and encourage others to do the same. This will help us during the pandemic and aid our recovery.”

Cllr Paul Brant, cabinet member for social care and health for Liverpool City Council, said: “I am very pleased to see the launch of this campaign, it’s so important to support people at this difficult time whether they are staying at home, self-isolating or carrying out vital roles in helping our most vulnerable people.”