As part of Mental Health Awareness Week with our partners,including West Berkshire Public Health, Eight Bells, Open for Hope, Recovery in Mind, Together and Berkshire West CCG from the Mental Health Action Group (MHAG). Please visit the Every Mind Matters to find this useful quiz giving practical tips.

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We’re now five months into 2020 and it’s safe to say this is, and will continue to be, a difficult year for everyone. With the fears and anxieties that have come with COVID-19 and the reality of social distancing, now is the time for us all to take a moment and show some kindness to ourselves.

Click here to access help & advice from Berkshire Healthcare Foundation.
Mental Health Awareness Week is an opportunity for all of us to raise awareness of mental health issues and advocate against social stigma.

This year we encourage you to consider how you can raise understanding of the intersection between sleep and mental health in your workplaces.

Click here to access the resources from Time To Change.

Clic is a free online community here to support everyone with their mental health.

Join us today and connect with others for mutual support, share your thoughts and find helpful information.

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There's always somebody to talk to...
Talking to someone could be the start of you getting better
Anyone can call our 24/7 NHS helplines in case of mental health crisis. Please remember you are not alone and help is available. Visit our website and find your local helpline to speak with someone.

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This year’s mental health awareness week is focusing on kindness. Throughout West Berks we have seen so many examples of kindness especially in the past 2 months.

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West Berkshire Coronorvirus Diaries

(See below an excerpt from a working from home parent to two adult children)
'' Since the Covid 19 outbreak my network of fellowship disappeared, as not able to attend life groups or church. Other than work, the contact with lifegroup and church was my lifeline. The whole culture changed to virtual lifegroup and church has been draining for me as I was sitting in front of my laptop just like work. I dread social media and technology however at this moment they are my lifeline to everything like shopping, family, friends, and my daughters. My laptop and I are besties.  

Going outside for walks and exercises causes me to have panic attacks as people are not following the guidelines. When you ask nicely to maintain social distance, it is not taken kindly.

My mental health is like a yo-yo and I did not realise how vulnerable I became.  To protect myself during this time of uncertainty, I keep going to the bible verses daily which gives me assurance and protects me from spiritual warfare.  I am learning to submit to Jesus’ teachings. When God is on my side, there is no battle I cannot face in this world. All I have being asked is to trust my beliefs.  Is has not been an easy thing to do, however at this moment I tried not to let my heart rule but be wise in the scripture? I am taught to ask, and just trust, and I do ask every day to protect my family, my friends and anyone I know. ''

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