Healthcare and Mental Health

What can Catholics do to protect their mental health during the coronavirus?
There is information about what Catholics can do to protect their mental health during the coronavirus on the Catholic Mental Health Project website. This can be accessed by clicking here

Mental Health Foundation: Looking after your mental health at home
The Mental Health Foundation have put together some guidance on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing if you are staying home. This can be found here.

COVID Symptom Tracker: Help slow the spread of COVID19 and identify at risk cases sooner by self-reporting daily, even if you feel well.  Download the app here.

General Updates and Guidance from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales during Coronavirus
Guidance and updates are continually being posted on the CBCEW website. This can be accessed here.

Work, Rest, Pray – Films
Richard Frost at Work, Rest, Pray has sent the following message:  “I have put together 3 films which could be used to provide a basic structure for a personal Quiet Day. These were developed from a Quiet Day I led at St Lawrence’s, Biddulph in January and was due to led at St Luke’s Bath just last Saturday. The topic ‘Finding Stability in Times of Change’ has perhaps taken on a new relevance in this current period. The films can be watched through http://workrestpray.com/films/
Books Beyond Words – Beating the Virus: a free downloadable story
In the story, we meet Kali again (some of you might recognise her from ‘Belonging‘) when she starts to feel poorly with a cough and a temperature. Our short wordless story will help people to understand what to do if you have Coronavirus (COVID-19) to keep yourself and those you care about safe. The story also shows how you can safely help others who may be self-isolating. Supplementary text at the end of the story gives information on where people can seek help if they are unwell and signposts to other useful resources. This is an evolving resource which we will be updating regularly as our artist, Lucy Bergonzi, refines and colours the pictures.  You can download your copy, here:   https://booksbeyondwords.co.uk/downloads-shop/beating-the-virus

Institute of Mental Health March Newsletter: The March 2020 edition of the Institute of Mental Health’s newsletter can be found here.

Faith Action: FaithAction has now launched their report, Extending Our Reach in Tackling Loneliness: How social prescribing can achieve its aim by involving faith-based provision.  The report can be downloaded on their webpage: https://www.faithaction.net/news/2020/03/12/new-report-from-faithaction-extending-our-reach-in-tackling-loneliness/