Keeping Heads Up

For all of us 2020 was an extraordinary year. While the vaccination programme brings hope of better times to come, Covid-19 is still with us and the disruption to our daily lives continues for all ages. While working from home was novel early in lockdown, endless Zoom calls during the winter months have less appeal. For many the pandemic has also meant uncertainty over health or job security and for some the sadness of losing a loved one. Those working on the frontline, including in the social care, healthcare and education sectors, encounter many challenges.

Such pressures can build especially when opportunities to meet, talk and laugh with friends are curtailed by the need to constrain the spread of the virus. Where and when permitted, participation in team sports can help, not only through the benefit of physical exercise but also the opportunity to connect with others. Even for spectators the chance to chat with a familiar face on the touch line is welcome.

“Keep your heads up” is a call that we hear to sustain positivity. Together with its charity partner, Heads Up, the FA has pulled together some of the support, information and tips that are available to help us all get through this difficult period.

Taking care of your mental wellbeing: Mind has produced a number of tips on how to cope with feeling stressed or worried about how Coronavirus could affect your life, as well as tips on how you can improve your wellbeing

A little help to get you through these weird times: CALM has put together some tips to help you get through these weird times, suggesting simple ways to overcome feeling out of control and uncertain, and tackling things the best way possible.

Ten tips to help with anxiety: Every Mind Matters has put together ten ways you can help improve your mental health and wellbeing during this period, helping to battle feeling anxious, stressed, helpless, confused or angry.

Supporting yourself and your colleagues: Mental Health At Work has supplied some useful and practical information for anyone who needs it, helping you to look after your workplace wellbeing and make sure you always have the support you need.

Text ‘HeadsUp to 85258 for 24/7 support: SHOUT is available 24/7 and free to text from most mobile networks. Anyone who is feeling anxious, stressed, low or in crisis, can text ‘HeadsUp’ to 85258 to connect with a trained crisis volunteer who will chat to you by text message.

Specifically for younger people -

ChildLine has a website and helpline with advice and information on self-care and accessing support

Young Minds has information for parents and young people