Main photo with kind permission from Anna Hendrick
A very warm welcome to you all here in this Supports from a Distance section, which we've created in response to the impact that the coronavirus is having on our lives, for all of us. Katie Hendrick, Douglas Sharp and myself, Hazel McMahon, have collaborated together to adapt both Douglas's (activemind.io/) and Katies websites to help and support as many people we can through these unprecedented times. We will be adding information regularly, so do please keep checking both websites. We want to link you with as much help as we can; to keep you connected through these weeks ahead. Douglas will focus on your physical health and a writing blog whilst Katie will focus on bringing links to you through Arts and Wellbeing, Free Resources, Support & Crisis, and there’s great links here in this page too.
Please keep yourself informed on the latest guidance from the Scottish Government here: www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/ or check the country that you live in for the guidance available for your local area.
From the psychological society of ireland, a range of information (videos, blog, trainings, reading lists) to support everyone ( carers, athletes, students, general public, psychologists) during the covid-19 pandemic is listed here: www.psychologicalsociety.ie/footer/COVID19-Resources
At a time of physical restriction, our ability to keep healthy and active is very much on our minds. For some information that may help you with this, see Douglas Sharp's pages located here: activemind.io/movement-matters/
Fitness and Mental Health
A helpful snapshot in a video from Channon about how fitness helped during tough times: games.crossfit.com/video/intensive-care-nurse-finds-her-escape-through-crossfit
Websites that you might find useful:
We're adding more links to help with reducing any of the different kinds of stresses that we may be feeling, as we navigate ourselves through these weeks. Please also see our Free resources section, as there are many links there that suit this section here in Supports from a Distance.
This website below is really cool; there is so much free stuff on this website, and it could really get you thinking about yourself, about others, and how can this help us as we are in this unprecedented climate, that brings so many new pressures and ways of coping.
For a really brilliant 'list of free on-line boredom-busting resources’ whilst we are all at home, click on the link below to Chatterpack; you may think this is only for some-one's younger children, but we also have those younger parts of us; give some of these resources a go, and see what you think :
This link to Hey Sigmund’s (heysigmund.com) site is one video for children and managing anxiety. There are many more videos that may interest you, and his website also covers adolescents too; maybe helpful for all those teenagers stuck at home!
Apps you might like:
This App measures the correctness of your handwashing by camera rating your handwashing technique for correctness in different stages and in different levels. Very cool. We accessed as a visitor here (and it is free to download):
Here we have an article of interest "The Psychological Impact of Quarantine and How to reduce it" (Brooks, et al., 2020): https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30460-8/fulltext
and some helpful tips for quarantine here: mental health tips_for_quarantine_2020.pdf
We have just included here the Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook coronavirus-anxiety-workbook.pdf; A Tool to Help You Build Resilience During Difficult Times. It gives very comprehensive and detailed ways of managing the impact of what it's like to be living through these restrictive times
The British Psychological Society welcomes a new mental health helpline for NHS workers and has provided these guidelines for supporting staff working under enormous pressures during this pandemic here: psychological_needs_of_healthcare_staff__1_.pdf
We have an editorial team here (editiorial_team_guidelines_2020.pdf) who will check through everything that is on both websites, so that we can be confident in bringing you great quality information. If you would like to submit anything that you feel will be helpful in connecting us together, as we go through these restrictive weeks, then we would love to hear from you; our email addresses are in Contact, and we endeavour to reply to you within 48 hours.
For children: With Kind Permission from Ana M Gomez (2020) "The Oyster and the Butterfly: the coronavirus and me" ana__final-1.pdf is an informative read for any individual or a family working through, with their children; any concerns that the current climate is raising for you all.
Personal stories of resiliency: The personal blog of Sheila documenting the life and loss of her beautiful son Oisin butterflyboyoisin.wordpress.com/
Diagrams of interest:
Then, underneath, the graphic representation with the fox, is about what we can and cannot control. This wonderful piece of work is from both Carrie Stephens and Brandy Thompson. It is designed to help visually find a healthy perspective in changing times. Let us know what you think as we’ll be adding more to this page over the coming weeks.
With Kind Permission from Carolyn Spring (2020) the psycho-educational poster supporting key concepts around trauma: grounding-getting-back-in-the-body.png
With kind permission from Reachout.com, the animated videos below are for students; Katie Hendrick and Naoise Kavanagh worked with students to develop animations on mental health in Dublin (PCHEI and ReachOut representatives). Animations have the power to reach out wherever you are. Check out the free resources and supports & crisis pages for local connections.