North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust has responded to the challenges that different groups of society may be facing during the coronavirus pandemic and created a support guide.
The document provides tailored advice to adults, children and people with learning disabilities, recognising their varying needs. The thoughtful guide has been carefully prepared to provide safety advice, tips on maintaining health and wellbeing and useful support services available for each group.
Matt Johnson, Head of Psychology, led on the production of the guide, entitled ‘Looking After Your Health And Wellbeing: Support Through The COVID-19 Crisis’.
The digital document is split into three main sections, with a combination of information and resources for the following groups:
- Parents, children and young people
- Adults and older people
- People with a learning disability or autism
- General resources for updates at both local and national level
This simple structure allows the user to find what they need in a format that suits their needs.
Buki Adeyemo, Medical Director at Combined and Executive lead for the project, said: “The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a huge impact on everyone’s daily lives. Older people are at increased risk and need to be particularly careful in following social distancing measures and staying at home. Those with a learning disability or autism may struggle to understand the new rules and why their routines have changed so much.
“If you already have a mental health problem, then you may be finding the current situation particularly challenging. We understand that this can also be a difficult time for children, young people and families as the stress of being inside together for so long can be difficult to manage at times.
“Our service level throughout this situation has remained fully operational as we continue to provide care to people in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire. We hope that this guide provides a useful resource for people who need extra support during this time, but we would like to reassure people that we are here to support them with any concerns they may have.”
Matt Johnson said: “During this time, you may be bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also feel low, worried, anxious, or concerned about your health or the health of those close to you. Whatever the reason, worrying about COVID-19 is completely normal and everyone reacts differently.
“It is more important than ever that you take care of your mind as well as your body at this time and get more help if you need it. We want you to know that we will do our best to help you manage this very difficult situation.”