Mental and Physical Health
Mind have put together this comprehensive page of information for those who are worried about coronavirus, with specific advice on how to stay well when staying at home. The checklist for staying at home is a particularly useful tool, offering helpful reminders about things you may not have considered.
Patient Access is another useful resource with articles on specific aspects of mental and physical health during the coronavirus outbreak.
Oxford Mindfulness Centre have started weekly online mindfulness sessions, open to all those who feel they would benefit. You don't need to have prior experience of mindfulness classes or techniques, as the sessions include guided mindfulness practices, teacher talk, and discussions and questions around the weekly topic. If you miss the live session, you can always catch the free podcast. Some meditation and mindfulness apps also have free tools which are useful for dealing with coronavirus anxiety - there's a good rundown available here.
You can also always reach Samaritans for emotional support (open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year) by freephone on 116 123, or reach the Oxford Samaritans on 01865 722 122. Samaritans also have online resources for those who have been unsettled by what's going on at the moment.
Oxford City Council have set up five new Locality Response Hubs across the city to help vulnerable residents get the support they need, whether it’s a help from a food bank, getting medicines delivered, or dealing with isolation. If you or someone you know needs help, you can call the City Council Contact Centre on 01865 249 811 or use the online form. You can also see information about food banks and community larders here.
Another locally-run volunteer organisation worth being aware of is The Help Hub, a project set up with the aim of bringing people together during the COVID-19 crisis. They will be working with volunteer therapists and counsellors to provide online sessions, as well as recruiting volunteers to help with phone check-ins and shopping and prescription collection in the Woodstock and Bladon area. Find out more on their Facebook page.
Support for older people
Age UK have launched a free telephone support service for older people who are facing a long period of time in isolation. Phone 01865 411 288 to leave an answerphone message with your name and contact number, and a member of the team will give you a call as soon as they can.
ElWell, an Oxfordshire-based organisation dedicated to helping older people stay independent, have set up a self-isolation section on their website which will be filled with information, useful products and support to help over 70s stay active, fit, occupied and well at home during self-isolation. ElWell will also be providing a phone support service for elderly people who are isolated and need emotional support, and offering online physiotherapy one-to-one sessions (via Skype and FaceTime). Those interested can ring ElWell on 01865 238185 or email [email protected] to enquire more and book.