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Social connection is important for our health and wellbeing

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Support to connect

It’s been a very tough 18 months for people not being able to visit friends or family due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  It’s important to our health and wellbeing to feel connected to others.

If you would like to join others on a local walk in Hounslow visit our community health walks page

If you are feeling cut off from other people and would like some support there are some great resources on the Let’s Talk Loneliness website

Staying connected

Social connections are really important.  Watch this short video from Every Mind Matters on how you can improve your social connections.

Looking after your mental health

If you are concerned about your mental health then why not take the ‘Mind Plan’ quiz on our Ever Mind Matters page.  The ‘Mind Plan’ quiz will provide simple actions you can take to help you to improve your mental health.

Well-known charity Mind also has a local website for people in Hounslow and surrounding boroughs with information on things you can do to look after your mental wellbeing.

If you are experiencing anxiety and feeling like you need support then The West London Trust Single Point of Access (SPA) is a 24/7 helpline which provides telephone-based support and access to urgent care and treatment for people in a mental health crisis. Visit their website for more details.

MECC LINK also has both local and national organisations who are able to support adults, parents and children and young people needing support.

Mindfulness

An important way to understand how we are feeling is to assess our mood.  The NHS web page on mindfulness has useful tips such as taking the mood assessment test, doing yoga, tai chi, breathing exercise or taking up meditation.

Another excellent resource is the Good Thinking website which has many approved mental health apps such as mindfulness courses for looking after your wellbeing, reducing stress and anxiety.

Mental health and money

Unfortunately for many people there are financial uncertainties during these times which are worrying and stressful. The mental health and money advice website provide helpful advice, information and signposting for support.

Beware of scams relating to money through unprotected websites, unidentified telephone calls or text messages and phishing emails. Don’t share your bank details and credit card details if you don’t know the person or the company contacting you.

Local organisations

Many of our partner organisations in Hounslow are offering advice and support during these challenging times:

Healthwatch Hounslow are offering information and signposting, and guidance and support to residents worried about the current outbreak of COVID19, through Whatsapp and Zoom.

Let’s Go Outside and Learn Let’s Go Outside and Learn CIC connects local communities with the nature on their doorstep. They introduce people to the natural environment, show the benefits of improved health and wellbeing that spending time outdoors offers, and bring people together to make new friends.

Speak Out in Hounslow offer information and support for those with learning disabilities on general advice, how to cope and staying safe during COVID19.

Heston West Big Local are supporting local residents who are self isolating with picking up groceries, medicines and a friendly phone call.

The Hounslow Community Information Guide provides guidance to all of the voluntary and community groups across the borough providing support, advice and important services to residents.

If you live locally in the Feltham Community which includes Feltham, Hanworth, Bedfont and Sunbury have stepped up and are working together to try and help those in need across their community during the COVID19 crisis.  Visit their website for more details.