Looking after your emotional well-being during the coronavirus pandemic
Updated 5 May 2020
Although we have had to change how we operate many of our hospice services we are still here to offer emotional support to our patients and families.
The emotional and spiritual well-being team is still accepting referrals as usual. We will be offering telephone and online support to those referred to us.
There may well be additional worries and concerns at this time.
You may be concerned about what might happen to someone living with a life limiting illness if they get coronavirus. You may be thinking about whether services they access will continue and you may be struggling with being separated from people you love. If you’re providing care for a family member or friend, you may be thinking about what will happen to their care if you become ill.
You may feel very alone following a bereavement.
These are all normal things to worry about in this situation. It can help to talk through your concerns and get some support from family and friends.
We are living in exceptional times when we are having to adapt the ways we normally do things in all sorts of ways. Becoming bereaved during the coronavirus pandemic brings additional challenges and may well lead to greater intensity of thoughts and feelings.
If you would like further help, please visit our bereavement support page.
Even though you may be physically separated from people who support you, think about how else you can connect with your loved ones and feel connected. Keep in contact by phone and access platforms and apps such as Facetime, Zoom or WhatsApp.
Some useful resources for maintaining good mental health:
- Mental Health Foundation
- Headspace - for meditating and practicing mindfulness
- Home But Not Alone - community service to help those in need during COVID-19
- Action for Happiness
- Resources for anyone isolated at home
- Supporting children and young people during COVID-19
First Response is a 24/7 helpline offering immediate advice, support and signposting for people with mental health difficulties.
If you are experiencing something that makes you feel unsafe, distressed or worried about your mental health you can now call the helpline on 0808 196 3494.
Find out more here or click the picture below.