Health & Wellbeing
Nikki Hillard – SUAAC Welfare Officer.
As a club, SUAAC considers the wellbeing of our members to be a cornerstone of the way we do things. We also pride ourselves on the level of support we give each other especially when things get difficult and can appear to be overwhelming. During 2020, with the restrictions that have been introduced to try to keep Coronavirus at bay, the need for this support has become even more evident.
Beyond what we do within SUAAC to support one another, England Athletics have recently published what amounts to a helpline of support entitled ‘Coronavirus and you or your family’s wellbeing’.
If you’re worried about anyone, including a child, or you need advice and support for coping with anything affecting mental health or wellbeing there are many different ways to seek help. The NHS website contains a lot of valuable information: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/, which includes advice about talking to children about feelings and spotting signs of depression in adults, children and teenagers.
England Athletics have also recently published what amounts to a helpline of support entitled Coronavirus and you or your family’s wellbeing and that is outlined below.
Hopefully we are seeing the “light at the end of the tunnel” but the impact of Coronavirus and all the implications that go with it are likely to go on for a long time yet and so this information may be worth keeping for reference if needed.
A Message from England Athletics……
You might be worried about coronavirus and how it could affect your life or that of a family member or close friend. This may include not being able to train with a group, being asked to stay at home or avoid other people. This might feel difficult or stressful but there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing.
Click here for guidance from our friends at Mind, the Mental Health Charity about coronavirus and your wellbeing.
Below are links to other organisations that may be of help.
The Mental Health Foundation
Provides advice on how to look after your mental health including ten practical ideas such as keeping active, eating well and talking about your feelings.
Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)
Provides confidential, non-judgmental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.
Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am5pm Monday to Friday)
Mind provides confidential mental health information services. With support and understanding, Mind enables people to make informed choices. The Infoline gives information on types of mental distress, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy. Mind also has a network of nearly 200 local Mind associations providing local services.
Telephone: 0800 1111
ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor for free about anything no problem is too big or too small.
YoungMinds offers free confidential online and telephone support to anyone worried about the emotional and mental wellbeing of a child or young person up to the age of 25.
- call the free parents’ helpine on 0808 802 5544 from 9.30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday
- email firstname.lastname@example.org and YoungMinds will respond to your query within 3 working days
The charity also has information for parents and carers about mental health.