COVID-19 Service updates at Mind in West Essex
In order to keep everyone as safe and well as possible we have decided to take the following steps as from Monday 16th March.
Groups and meetings
All public access groups and meetings hosted by Mind in West Essex will be suspended until further notice. Instead we will be working to facilitate as much group activity as we are able to using electronic means and social media.
Counselling and other 1:1 client meetings
Where ever possible and preferable to both parties, counsellors ,staff and volunteer befrienders may offer telephone or Skype sessions to clients with immediate effect.
It is our hope that by significantly reducing the footfall in our spaces that we will also reduce the likelihood of exposure to the virus for people who do still need to come in.
Foodbank will be a delivery only service, referral from CAB on 01799 618840.
Public Health Agency Easy Read advice on what to do here.
We are keeping a close eye on the updates and recommendations with regards to Coronavirus. Currently as of Friday 13th March at 9.35am all services and support are running as normal. This space will be used to keep you updated of any changes we need to make to keep people protected.
As per the current advice, the most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves remains washing their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Make sure you cough or sneeze into a tissue, put it in a bin and wash your hands.
Advice from the government: If you are displaying the symptoms below you should self-isolate for 7 days. You do not need to call 111 to do this.
- temperature over 37.8 degrees and/or
- a new continuous cough
So what is the impact of self-isolating on our mental health?
Isolation in itself can make us feel disconnected and alone. Things you can do to stay connected:
- join our online support community Elefriends
- stay in touch with friends and family
- use reliable information sources such as Public Health Agency and Gov.uk
- if you are struggling contact Samaritans on 123 116
Author: Sarah Huggett
Posted on: 16th March 2020