Policy paper: Staying mentally well this winter
This year has seen an unprecedented change to our lives, as COVID-19 has disrupted our routines, our livelihoods, and our way of life. For some, the pandemic has led to positive changes which have improved their wellbeing, such as greater flexibility in work schedules, or a sense of strong community spirit.
However, we know this sense of optimism has not been shared by everyone, with many reporting feelings of worry, anxiety, frustration or loneliness. Darker winter months and the measures in place from 5 November to control the spread of the virus may put strain on people’s resilience, particularly the most vulnerable in our communities and neighbourhoods. These feelings are completely understandable when life unexpectedly alters in a way which is sudden, dramatic, and out of our control.
This plan sets out the support that will be in place in the immediate term to help mitigate the impacts of the pandemic on people’s mental health and wellbeing this winter.
The guidance focuses on:
Empowering everyone to look after their wellbeing
Support in communities
Ensuring mental health services are there for those who need them
Supporting frontline health and social care workers
The guidance outlines the key resources being provided to look after mental wellbeing, the commitments being made to ensure services are there to support those who need it, and the packages available to help keep our frontline workers well.