Same Storm Different Boats
With lockdown 2.0 now underway, we have thought a lot as a team about how we can best support people in a practical way. Even with the furlough extension we recognise there are going to be some challenging months ahead for us all over the winter period.
We know that this situation presents difficulties for all of us, and our normal lifestyles have been disrupted. We have learned to adapt our lifestyles due to the restrictions associated with Covid-19. The levels of sustained uncertainty are having a significant impact on people’s mental health and wellbeing and at present, we do not have a clear end in sight regarding the current restrictions or wider pandemic. People are understandably anxious about the potential health impacts as well as uncertainty around their jobs and incomes. One of the many things we have all learned to do is become flexible and adaptive as the situation changes all the time around us.
Every one of us is in a different situation, we all have different circumstances in our lives. On this page you will find a mixture of information and signposts to help you stay informed, safe and well. The number one priority should always be to take care of one another, we hope this helps you do that.
You Are Not Alone
We believe it is very important that we look after our own, and others wellbeing. This page and our social media will be drip fed with a range of supportive, positive and helpful messages that we really hope helps you, your families and friends. It is important everyone realises they are not alone and it is completely normal to need some help and support from time to time. We feel it is also important that we provide positive messages of hope and optimism in a world which can feel very dark, negative and fearful right now.
Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see – Mark Twain
At Apex HR, we continue to be amazed by the strength of the human spirit and how communities and businesses pull together to help each other. We want to do our part to help however we can. Please do look out for social media posts with the #ForYou hashtag. Do please keep checking-in by visiting our ‘For You’ section on our website for regular updates. There are also ways you can share relevant resources and materials you come across that may be helpful for others, our hope is that this idea grows organically so we can reach out to even more people who may need support in the future.
Getting accurate information from the right places is a real priority. It’s so easy to get drawn into incorrect information that is so regularly gets shared on social media. Sticking to the facts can really help bring some stability in uncertain times. We have shared some of the essentials for you here. After the serious stuff you will find some ideas that are more fun and light hearted. It is our plan to add to the information we are sharing and welcome your suggestions as well.
So here are some essentials:
A team of independent fact checkers and campaigners who find, expose and counter the harm it does.
Money Advice is an organisation set up by the Government so the information and advice is impartial and not commercially motivated in any way. Up to date info on mortgage breaks, advice for rent, debt and much more. This website has chat facility, whatsapp phone number and email support service.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
For those in Plymouth Livewell South West have a first response number. 24 hours service available 7 days a week to help anyone over 18 in Plymouth experiencing a mental health crisis.
Specific support for young people and students :
Mental Health Charity – lots of information and support on there
IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services offer NICE recommended therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), for common problems involving stress, anxiety and depression.
An interesting article on How to cope with the winter lockdown
Over 1500 workouts of all levels in one place.
Library of free exercise videos
For Fun – Yes fun is very much still allowed !!
Do you have someone who is a natural quiz master, build your own quiz here
The Open University offer lots of really varied free courses
Learn 30+ languages online with bite-size lessons based on science
Lockdown is tough enough especially with the added stress of home schooling. We have put together a list of resources to help you all through this some are fun, educational and for the whole family to join in with.
Improving Lives Plymouth
Charity linked to Citizen’s Advice that can sign post people to lots of support services within Plymouth