Health & Wellbeing
Kind to Your Mind
Being Kind to Your Mind has never been more important. This new project has compiled resources specifically for people locally. On the website you can find a range of resources around building resilience, mental health, nutrition, physical activity and sleep.
Live Your Life Well
Live Your Life Well is Public Health Liverpool’s health and wellbeing website offering reliable, trusted information, advice and services to help look after yourself. During the Covid 19 outbreak the website offers up to date information, advice and support on how to look after yourself, including healthy recipes for any budget, ways to get active at home and personalised tips to help reduce your drinking. And if you’re feeling stressed, worried or anxious there’s advice on things you can do to look after your mental wellbeing. With tips on how helping others, staying connected and getting support with financial worries can help you to feel better.
Every Mind Matters
The Every Mind Matters website from Public Health England provides advice and tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing. The website includes a short quiz that offers personalised tips and advice for improving your mental health and wellbeing.
The coronavirus outbreak may cause you to feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, helpless, overwhelmed, confused or angry. It is important to remember that it’s OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently to different things. There are some simple things you can do to help you take care of your mental health and wellbeing during times of uncertainty. For all this advice and support including how to stay well at home click here.
We are Undefeatable
If you have a health condition being active can help you feel less stressed, have more energy, sleep better and help manage your condition. As we all spend more time at home, We are Undefeatable offers advice and activities for those with a health condition including how you can be active at home. For lots of other ideas on how to get active including videos showing short exercises that can be done at home visit the NHS page here.
Change 4 Life
As we all spend more time at home it’s important for our physical and mental wellbeing to keep active. Change 4 Life are offering lots of ideas to get the whole family moving including 10 minute easy to follow activities that can be done at home featuring our favourite Disney characters including Forky from Toy Story 4 and Simba from The Lion King. For more information visit here.
Coronavirus + Facts For Kids
As children up and down the country are holed up in their homes, some may be relishing in the fact that they don’t have to go to school – using their time to play (or argue) with their siblings or making wonderful crafty creations. Some on the other hand may be sensitive to the new daily routine they have suddenly found themselves in. If this sounds familiar, you may find this handy poster helpful in explaining what coronavirus is, how your child can help and what people are doing to protect us.
Liverpool CAMHS promotes mental health, emotional wellbeing support to children, young people and their families/carers. For information about the services on offer including free online and telephone support as well as online workshops and group support please visit here.
This poster has been created by Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, which is one of the largest children’s hospitals in the UK and has created a whole hub of information for parents, children and families with lessons, activities and advice:
The Chief Medical Officer and Health Secretary have advised that if you smoke you have an increased risk of more severe symptoms of Coronavirus should you become infected. Smoking harms the immune system, reducing the bodies’ natural protection against infections, like Coronavirus. Therefore if you smoke you are at greater risk of:
- respiratory infections
- longer lasting periods of infection
- infections being more serious than would be for someone who does not smoke
The health benefits of quitting smoking start within hours of quitting as your blood pressure and oxygen levels return to normal, and the healing process begins inside your body. Quitting smoking can be as effective as some anti-depressant medication in reducing symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety. Quitting can also give you more energy and save you a lot of money.
There has never been a better time to quit smoking with telephone support, and the range of nicotine replacement therapy and stop smoking medication available from Smokefree Liverpool. Call free on 0800 061 4212 now, or text QUIT to 66777.
Liverpool Sexual Health services are currently open, but they have changed the way they are operating to reduce the need to attend in person, and minimise contact for patients and staff. All drop-in clinics have been suspended, and appointments are reserved for those with greatest need, and must be pre-booked. Visit sexualhealthliverpool.co.uk for individual service details or go direct to the service websites: Abacus Sexual Health, Brook Liverpool and Axess sexual health.
To ensure that Liverpool residents can still access services during this period, a new, free, online service has been launched to provide access to STI testing and contraception. Click on the links below for the service you require:
STI testing kits: axess.clinic/order-a-test/
Contraceptive pills and emergency contraception: axess.clinic/order-contraception
Free condoms: axess.clinic/condoms
Alcohol & Drug Abuse Support
If you are concerned your own or a family member’s alcohol and drug use, there is a range of support available…
Drink Less Feel Good
This is a local website that features a tool called My Drinks Check which can be used to find out how many calories illustrated in quantities of donuts you drink in a week, how many miles you would have to walk to burn them off and how your drinking compares to other people. You’ll be given personalised tips for drinking less.
Find out more at drinklessfeelgood.com.
Liverpool Community Alcohol Service
Offers free, confidential support, treatment and advice for people living in Liverpool with alcohol dependency. If you are worried about a relative or friend who you suspect has a problem with alcohol, you can also contact the service for free advice.
Find out more at the Merseycare website.
We Are With You
A free, confidential drug and alcohol recovery service for adults aged 18+ with addictions offering a wide range of support including treatment and recovery support along with education and training opportunities. The service also provides support for young people aged 10 – 18 years or up to 24 years for people with additional needs.
Find out more at wearewithyou.org.uk.
A free confidential helpline for people who are concerned about their drinking, or somebody else’s. Call 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am-8pm, weekends 11am -4pm).
Support for Families & Friends
- Al-Anon offers support and understanding to the families and friends of dependent drinkers who can call their confidential helpline on 020 7403 0888 (open 10am -10pm 365 days a year
- National Association For the Children of Alcoholics (NACOA) support anyone affected by their parent (s) drinking, including adults. For more information visit www.nacoa.org.uk, call 0800 358 3456 Monday – Saturday 2pm-7pm or email [email protected]