Being restricted to your home (whether during the course of a virus or injury, or for longer-term reasons such as disability or chronic illness) can have an impact on your mental health.
Some research suggests that isolation and loneliness can be linked to an increase in symptoms of depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem, as well as trouble sleeping and increased stress.
In this course, we’ll go through some practical tips and advice on what you can do to look after your own mental health whilst you are housebound.
Crisis support and helplines
If you, or someone you know, is in mental health crisis and needs medical help quickly:
- Ring 999 to contact emergency services
- Go to your nearest Accident and Emergency (A&E) department
If it is not a medical emergency, but you still need urgent help:
- Ring 111 and press option 2 for mental health support
- Make an appointment with your GP