Covid – 19 Update September 2020
It seems difficult to believe that we have been managing our lives with Covid-19 for over 6 months. As time passes, we have become more used to a very different way of living. This new phase, when schools are returning, and work and social spaces are opening once again poses a different set of concerns and situations to navigate. Much still feels ambiguous and it is not always clear how best to respond to the expectations of others, or our own desires to be more with friends and family. The pace of change for some people still feels slow, and they want to be living life more fully. For others engaging with people, even at a distance evokes fear, and they want to feel that it is acceptable to pace themselves and emerge into the world gently. For all there is uncertainty about what may evolve. What was initially primarily a physical health crisis has now become a financial crisis too. This additional strain has increased levels of stress and hardship for individuals and families. We have yet to understand the full impact of the pandemic but we as a service are aware that the added pressures, uncertainty, fear, loneliness, and loss inherent in the situation, has brought about a mental health crisis too.
Riverside has been supporting the mental health of people in Henley and the surrounding area for over 30 years. It has been good to get know the communities where we are based, and we want to support those individuals who feel they need mental health support to sustain them through this difficult time. It may well be that some of you reading this feel they would like to find out more about how to access counselling. Please do get in contact if you feel having a safe and confidential ‘space’ could be of value to you at this time and please remember that cost should not be a barrier to getting the help you need. We appreciate for many finances are tight and we will definitely take this into consideration. We are also offering free sessions to key workers who we all know are working in difficult circumstances and particularly need our support.
You can find out how to arrange counselling here
Affordable fees and free sessions are made possible by donations from trusts, grants and fundraising, on which we are dependent to keep the service sustainable and viable. Please do visit our ‘support us’ page to see how you can help us increase capacity, so we can meet the increase in demand.
We also have details of resources on our website which you can access to support your mental wellbeing on our ‘Other Useful Resources Page’. We do appreciate that there are very real concerns people will be facing and we hope that these resources can be of support to you and your family. We are continuing to add to the website information that we feel may be useful to you, so do come back and visit the site.
Our continuing professional development events, courses are on hold for now. We will endeavour to confirm new dates when restrictions allow.
Although things feel uncertain and unsettling, it is also a time perhaps when we can slow down and take time to reflect and learn new ways of being in touch; to maybe change old habits and routines. It is perhaps a time to be kinder to yourself. It’s more important than ever that we all act responsibly and help each other. Riverside is here and we would like to support you.
Take extra good care of yourself and everyone else and please do visit our website for updates.
Some articles and tips on managing during the Coronavirus pandemic
Managing anxiety | Top tips on how to manage anxiety from the NHS, click here to read the article
Psychological Tips on How to Survive your Family, click here to read the article
Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak | Mental Health Foundation, click here to read the article
Tavistock Relationships www.tavistockrelationships.org/free-services, 020 7380 1960 | You can apply for their totally free “Building Relationships for Stronger Families” programme
http://www.flagdv.org.uk | You can apply for a referral form for free legal advice appointments for victims of Domestic Violence