Periods of uncertainty can be difficult and can impact negatively on our mental health. Some of our peer organisations in the mental health sector have published guidance on maintaining wellbeing through this period, and we have collated some resources along with our own.
Click here or the image above to access the resources.
One way to help your mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic is by creating a new routine to help structure your day. But how easy is this in reality?

Healthwatch England talked to people to ask them about their experience of creating a routine and how they’ve overcome challenges such as dealing with existing mental health struggles, financial worries, and the new work-school-home life balance.

Click here or the image above to read the experiences and advice.
Lots of us are feeling worried about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. While the focus is often on physical health, it's important to remember the impact on our mental health too. You don't need to be an expert on mental health to be there for someone. Think about using our three top tips:

1) Check in

You might not be able to meet face-to-face, but picking up the phone, having a video call, starting a group chat or messaging someone on social media lets them know you are there to talk and ready to listen.

2) Listen and reflect

Whether you have a mental health problem or not, this will be a challenging time for our mental health and wellbeing. If someone opens up to you, remember that you don't need to fix things or offer advice. Often just listening, and showing you take them seriously, can help someone to manage.

3) Ask questions  

Ask how people are managing, and ask again if you're worried they aren't sharing the full picture. Asking again, with interest, can help someone to open up and explore what they're feeling.


Click here or the image above to access the time to change advice.
SLaM Recovery College is unable to offer any classroom-based workshops at the moment, our team has been working behind the scenes to develop some online content, including vlogs, webinars and e-learning.

Every week, on a Friday, we will publish what's on offer for the following week. Please check our News page regularly for details.​

These sessions are available to everyone, free of charge. You don’t need to be a SLaM Recovery College student or have any connection at all to South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Click here or the image above to access their website
West Berkshire Coronorvirus Diaries

(See below an excerpt from the founder of Recovery in Mind)
'' At present we are unable to run our group courses where anything from 6 to 14 people come together in a training room to learn together. So instead we are learning new ways of supporting our students. We have started with a weekly newsletter which is sent to over 200 students and next we plan to start ‘Webinars’ online for our current students then developing into opportunities for anyone, anywhere to gain support.

We are most definitely not a ‘IT savvy’ staff team. The past two months has been a steep and fast learning curve for all of us…. Zoom, MS teams, webinars, Dropbox – all the lingo that we used to hear but managed to avoid is now part of our everyday work.''


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Be sure to check back for daily diaries from the West Berkshire Community. If you are interested in writing a blog for Healthwatch West Berkshire about your experiences please email us: contact@healthwatchwestberks.org.uk 
 
 
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