22 December 2018

Look after your mental health this winter

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust is reminding service users, their families and carers to look after themselves this winter.

The winter months can be a difficult time for those with mental health problems and the Trust is keen to ensure that in the event of bad weather or a deterioration in wellbeing, service users, their families and carers know what to do and how to access help.

In the event of bad weather, service users, families and carers are reminded to check that any scheduled appointments are still going ahead, to reschedule any appointments they are unable to get to, safely, and not to travel to visit families or friends who may be inpatients.

During bad weather the Trust's priority will be to ensure essential core functions are maintained and vulnerable people are supported.

Carers and families who look after someone with a mental health problem are also reminded to look out for abnormal behaviour, such as panic attacks, and try to restore calm with breathing exercises and by getting away from noisy places.

Support is available for anyone who needs to talk about their feelings:

Samaritans - open 24 hours - Freephone 116 123

Papyrus - 0800 068 41 41

SANELINE ­- open 6pm-11pm every day - 03000 304 7000

Anyone needing to contact AWP's services and teams can find more information here

Alternatively, the AWP switchboard will be able to direct your call to the service you need - 01225 325680

Top tips on staying well over the winter:

-          Keep warm, eat well

-          Heat your home to at least 18C, if you are able to

-          Keep active and keep safe

-          Look out for other people, especially those who have mental health difficulties

-          Make sure you have enough medication for any predicted period of bad weather and continue to take it as directed by your doctor


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