WELLBEING SUPPORT TIPS
For support through the melo website, signposting to services and community groups that provide wellbeing support and activities through Dewis, Cwtsh creative wellbeing activities, and outdoor/green activities (currently limited to Caerphilly information) that can support and enhance wellbeing, please click here for our specific page.
How are you doing? - support for Mental Health and Wellbeing
These are challenging times and being asked to avoid face to face contact with our friends and family is unfamiliar. You may be feeling lonely or isolated and you just need to talk to someone.
Many people will be feeling the same; so if you can, reach out. Call someone today. Send them a message. Make them feel better too.
Check out the campaign from Public Health Wales.
Mind is a national charity that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Local Minds provide help and support directly to those who need it most. Here are the contact details in Gwent;
Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent
Wellbeing Centre Pontypool: 01495 757393
Phoenix Project Brynmawr: 01495 311445
Telephone: 01873 858275
Telephone: 01443 816945
Telephone: 01633 258741
Domestic and sexual violence
Statistics tell us that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men report domestic violence in their lifetime and in the UK 2 women are killed every week by a partner or ex-partner.
Not every home is a place of safety, for some, it may become a place where isolation increases the risk of abuse and control. Being isolated at home with an abuser can be terrifying and the current UK lockdown may remove opportunities to disclose and ask for help.
The COVID-19 pandemic can be dangerous time for clients experiencing domestic abuse and sexual violence. General anxiety around COVID 19 and having children home from school may escalate abuse.
Domestic violence is “the most widespread but among the least reported human rights issue” according to The World Health Organisation. If you, a family member or a friend, have experienced domestic abuse or sexual violence, you can contact the Live Fear Free Helpline for 24 hour free advice and support or to talk through your options. Get in touch with Live Fear Free advisors free of charge by phone, online chat, text or email.
Stress Control on-line course
Stress Control is an on-line course aiming to help people cope with everyday stress and anxiety. The course is made up of 6 two-hour sessions, over a period of 3 weeks. These sessions are being live-streamed twice a week via You Tube. As a resident of, or employee within, Gwent you are able to access this course at no cost.
Although not designed specifically for COVID-19, this evidence-based course can help support your mental health and well-being during this particularly stressful time. This very popular course is now being delivered online, as participants cannot attend face-to-face sessions during the COVID-19 outbreak.
This animation tells you more:
Find out more information by watching the introductory video:
If you are not able to access You Tube or are available at the time of live streaming, you can download, free of charge, booklets and relaxation/mindfulness tracks with or without music, which complement the class. Visit the website www.stresscontrol.org for more information. Registration is not required.
Water is a healthy and cheap choice for quenching your thirst at any time. It has no calories and contains no sugars that can damage teeth.
It's easy to overlook, but choosing healthier drinks is a key part of getting a balanced diet. Many soft drinks, including instant powdered drinks and hot chocolate, are high in sugar. Food and drinks that are high in sugar are often high in calories, and having too many calories can make you more likely to gain weight.
Some energy drinks are high in both sugar and caffeine. Checking the nutrition labels on soft drinks such as fruit juices and fizzy drinks can help you make healthier choices.
The Eatwell Guide says we should drink 6 to 8 glasses of fluid a day. Water, lower fat milk and sugar-free drinks, including tea and coffee, all count.
Top Tip: if you find drinking waiting boring why not add some fresh fruit to it?!
For more information check out the NHS website.
Mental Health Books on Prescription
Struggling with your mental health? You can get support from your local library with the expert endorsed Reading Well Books on Prescription for mental health book list from The Reading Agency
Many of the titles are available as eBooks and eAudiobooks from BorrowBox, so you can borrow and download them from home free of charge.
If you're having sleep problems, there are simple steps you can take to ease those restless nights. A regular bedtime routine will help you wind down and prepare for bed.
The amount of sleep that you need depends on what is happening in your life. When you sleep well you feel refreshed. Good-quality sleep is important for your health and wellbeing, helping you to de-stress, concentrate during the day and learn new things.
Here are some tips to help with sleeping:
Keep regular sleep hours
Create a restful environment
Write down your worries
Move more, sleep better
Put down the pick-me-ups treats
For more information see the NHS website.
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has developed the melo website with partners to look after the mental wellbeing of people living and working in Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport, and Torfaen.
Dewis Cymru is the place to go if you want information or advice about your wellbeing – or want to know how you can help somebody else.
When we talk about your wellbeing, we don’t just mean your health. We mean things like where you live, how safe and secure you feel, getting out and about, and keeping in touch with family and friends.
No two people are the same and well-being means different things to different people. Dewis Cymru will help you find out more about what matters to you.
It contains information that can help you think about what matters to you, and information about people and services in your area that can help you with the things that matter to you.
Being creative is vital to our wellbeing and, indeed, health.
CWTSH is a creative wellbeing network comprising partners based primarily by partners in the Caerphilly County Borough area and supported financially and logistically by Caerphilly CBC Arts Development, Aneurin Bevan Integrated Wellbeing Networks (Caerphilly), Head 4 Arts and Fusion.
Its aim is to develop and support creative activities that sustain and enhance wellbeing in our communities, working with our communities. Importantly most CWTSH activities are online and so are available to people living across the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board area