How can I look after my mental health and wellbeing?

It’s essential that we look after our mental health as well as our physical health as best we can. There is no getting away from the fact that this is an incredibly challenging time and we are all doing our best to slowly adjust to new ways of working and living.
It can feel overwhelming at points, and fears, anxieties and frustrations may feel heightened. Alongside this we may be using coping strategies that aren’t the healthiest or struggling with anxiety, depression, loneliness or grief. Try and be kind and gentle to yourself, this is unlike anything we have ever experienced before, but if you are struggling, or want to talk to someone there are lots of people who can help and who want to support you.

If you are experiencing a crisis or want to talk someone urgently about how you’re feeling you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 (24/7) or text SHOUT to 85258 (24/7). In an emergency, please call 999.

In Sheffield, you can also call the Single Point of Access (SPA) mental health line on 0114 226 3636 (24/7).

GP services are still running (albeit online or via the telephone) so please book an appointment with your GP if you are struggling or need support.

If you are a frontline worker:

NHS England have a helpline for NHS staff to help support their mental health and wellbeing. The service is designed to support NHS staff with a wide range of issues that they might face, including practical and financial advice through to specialist bereavement and psychological support.. Call 0300 131 7000 (7am-11pm) or for the 24/7 text helpline text FRONTLINE to 85258

If you work for an agency such as the police, ambulance service, local authority or other similar organisation and require urgent mental health support you can call 24/7: 0114 226 3797

Our Frontline is a new online service for frontline workers offering round the clock 1:1 support as well as resources, tips and ideas to look after your mental health.

If you are a child or young person, or worried about a child or young person:

Childline – You can call 0800 1111 to speak to a counsellor from 9pm-Midnight every night. You can also have a 1-1 online chat but will not be able to join the virtual queue for this after 10.30pm.

SHOUT are continuing to run their service 24/7 text service for anybody in crisis. If you are under 18 text YM to 85258

Sheffield Futures Crisis Support:

If you’re worried about a child, even if you’re unsure, contact NSPCC’s professional counsellors for help, advice and support. Call, 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk.

If you require signposting support, don’t know who to talk to or where to find the help you or someone you know might need please visit the Sheffield Mental Health Guide. They are co-ordinating the most up to date information about what services are available and where to get help. They are also providing information about specific COVID-19 support. You can visit their website, email mhguide@sheffieldflourish.co.uk or call 0114 273 7009 (Mon – Fri 9am -5pm)

Listen to one another

It does not matter what form a crisis takes, one of the most valuable gifts we can offer each other is to listen.

” By listening, we embody the love of the sacred, the love of the wider community, the love of life itself.”

(Eileen R. Campbell-Reed)

What if additional help is needed?

If you, or someone you know, needs additional support or prayer, please contact:

Sarah Rousseau on (0114) 266 3613 or office@stmarkssheffield.co.uk

Shan Rush on 07598 156817 or shan@stmarkssheffield.co.uk

Our pastoral care team will discuss how we can help, and signpost you to alternative organisations.

What help is available in Sheffield for those who have to self-isolate?

Sheffield City Council are offering help with collecting shopping, medication and social contact:

You can register for this service via telephone (0114) 205 7120 or via their website.

 An additional council helpline for specific questions relating to coronovirus is available Monday to Friday 8.45am – 4.45pm on (0114) 273 4567. Operators will provide advice, signposting and referrals to help callers resolve whatever issues they are facing.

NHS Volunteers are offering the following:

  • Check in and Chat Support: Short-term telephone support to individuals at risk of loneliness
  • Community Support: Collection and delivery of shopping, medication or other essential supplies
  • Patient Transport Support: To take patients home who are medically fit for discharge.
  • NHS Transport Support: Transport for equipment, supplies and/or medication between NHS services and sites including assisting pharmacies with medication delivery.

Referral to this service is through your GP, doctor, pharmacist, nurse, midwife, NHS 111 advisers and social care staff.

Please note : These services are intended for those in our community who are at the highest risk of severe illness if they contract COVID-19 and therefore have been advised to isolate themselves.

You should only apply if you have no other support available, such as friends, family or other people who can help. You will still need to pay for your shopping and any prescriptions fees.

Monitor and follow the health guidelines

Keep up to date with the latest NHS Coronovirus advice on the Public Health England website.

Look after yourself, as well as others 

The single most important piece of advice health experts tell us is to wash our hands thoroughly and regularly using soap and water and then dry them well.

Only go out for food, health reasons or work (only if we cannot work from home)

Remember that physical distancing is essential whether you are passing another person in the shops or on your daily exercise delivering something to someone’s home  – keeping two arms’ length apart makes it much more difficult to pass on the virus but enables us to pass on a smile or another sign of peace and kindness.

How can I stay safe during this pandemic?

Prioritise safety – the community response is about preventing the spread of COVID-19 and providing support for the most vulnerable. If you believe the support being offered compromises this principle, do not engage with it, whether that is on your doorstep, on the telephone, by e-mail or on the internet.

Guidance

  • Watch out for scam messages – don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails and never respond to unsolicited messages and telephone calls that ask for your personal or financial details. Apply caution if receiving cold calls, stay safe on-line and do not click on any links that you don’t know are from a tested source.
  • Shopping online – if you’re making a purchase from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, and ask a friend or family member for advice before completing the purchase. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, as most major credit card providers insure online purchases.
  • Don’t be duped by organisations offering to arrange to collect money from your home to pay for goods.
  • Don’t buy goods from the doorstep
  • Protect your devices from the latest threats – always install the latest software and app updates to protect your devices from the latest threats.
How can I look after my mental health and wellbeing?

There are many websites offering support and advice.

NHS Every mind matters

How to cope if you’re feeling anxious about the outbreak – from www.bacp.co.uk

Mental Health and Wellbeing – from the Church of England 

What about my spiritual needs?

Look at the worship section of the website where we will continue to explore creative ways through social media to keep contact with one another and to provide spiritual support and opportunities for prayer.  

Please let us know if you are having difficulties as we do have members of the congregation who can offer you support.  

NO INTERNET ACCESS OR PREFER NOT TO USE THE INTERNET? 

A paper copy of our order of service can be delivered through your letterbox for as long as we are able to do so. Leave a message on (0114) 266 3613 stating whether you would like a large or small print copy and leave a phone number so we can check that we have your correct address.

Remember how much is available on different radio stations and on the TV including:

Radio 4 Sunday Worship – Sundays at 08.10

BBC 1 Songs of Praise – Sundays at 13.15

Radio 4 Prayer of the day (2 minute reflection) – Monday – Friday at 05.43

Radio 4 Daily Service (Christian music and worship) – Monday – Friday at 09.45

Radio 3 Choral evensong – Wednesdays at 15.30

Will someone pray with me or for me?

Yes! Prayers for people who are anxious, sick, in any kind of need or have died, as well as for the world and its needs continue to be said or meditated on in silence at daily prayer, the Thursday Eucharist and Sunday worship.

Please contact the church office on (0114) 2663613 and leave your contact details or e-mail your request to office@stmarkssheffield.co.uk

 Together, let us pray and be witnesses of hope.