Staying safe and healthy during COVID-19

Resources and tips to support your wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s perfectly normal to feel uncertain, anxious and stressed about the outbreak. However, there are numerous resources and top tips available to support you with your wellbeing during COVID-19.

Top tips

  • Our West Sussex Wellbeing website has reliable help and support, as well as useful information on staying well during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Be mindful when using social media, don’t immerse yourself in COVID-19 updates.
  • Remind yourself that this is a temporary period of isolation and your efforts are helping others.
  • Stay connected with loved ones digitally.
  • Engage in activities that you find relaxing.
  • Keep regular sleep routines and eat healthy foods.
  • View this as a new experience that can bring health benefits.
  • Take regular breaks and establish a dedicated work space when working from home.

Pregnancy

If you are pregnant, or have children under two years old, you can register with Family Assist. The team of midwives and health visitors will take any questions or concerns you have via live chat.

Apps

Download these free apps to improve and maintain your physical and mental wellbeing.

Mental wellbeing apps

Physical wellbeing apps

Domestic abuse

This period can be especially worrying for those experiencing domestic abuse.

During this difficult time, there are safety planning steps you can take to reduce the risk of harm:

  • Arrange a safe word - speak to someone you trust and arrange a safe word and emoji, to alert them to contact the emergency services.
  • Personal safety apps - consider downloading a personal safety app, such as the ‘Hollie guard’, which features several silent safeguarding options.
  • Safety in the home - keep yourself close to exits and away from rooms where you are more likely to come to harm if violence is escalating.  
  • Support options - ask your family and friends to check up on you if it's safe to do so.
  • Immediate risk - if you're at risk of harm, dial 999. If you can’t speak safely, you will be diverted to ‘silent solution’ where you will be prompted to press 55.

Helplines

  • WORTH Domestic Abuse Hub - 0330 222 8181 - The service has extended their opening hours to include bank holidays and weekends.
  • Connect (Worthing and Crawley) - 01403 229017
  • NCDV Emergency Injunction Service - 0800 970 2070
  • Refuge National Helpline - 0808 2000 247
 
Last updated:
22 October 2020
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