Our team members are regularly finding support and assistance available for our mental health and well-being from various sources. Scroll down for links to advice, inspiration, useful articles and important support contacts.
Be sure to keep an eye on this page as we come across and share more.
– Headspace is a mindfulness App that helps more people to experience the benefits of meditation anytime, anywhere, with guided meditations, animations, articles and videos.
– The App is free to download (more resources for paid-for accounts), and Headspace have created a further free area of the App called Weathering the Storm. It includes meditations, sleep and movement exercises to help you out however you’re feeling.
Support from Equity
Support from Young Minds
– Young Minds has support and resources for young people dealing the current situation.
– The page linked below includes tips for looking after yourself during isolation.
– This page also links through to a section on Coronavirus and Mental Health where you can search for advice by what you’re feeling.
Support from Arts Minds
– Arts Minds lets you find links to support and blogs with practical information on how to overcome certain difficult situations that arise as an arts professional
– Although there is currently no CV-19 specific page, they have many resources that may help with ways that many arts professionals may be feeling at this time
Inspiration with Window Wanderland
– The Window Wanderland website and social media platforms have plenty of inspiration for a rainy day (or any other!).
– Create beautiful window displays that tell a story or hold a message of support, maybe an inspirational quote or just a hello!
– These activities stretch your creative muscles and enable you to reach out to your neighbours from your inside your homes, whilst spreading pride, friendship, positivity, happiness and goodwill.
– We love the idea of this activity as this is a great way to engage with neighbours who don’t have access to the online world.
Stay active – Pilates with Simon Lindsay
Upswing associate Simon Lindsay has taken his uplifting pilates classes digital!
Simon has been a Pilates teacher since 2010 – he’s also Upswing’s Bungee Dance facilitator, training people in taster sessions and 4 hour masterclasses. He has a wealth of experience teaching clients with differing goals and individual needs. The classes are gentle and have a well-being focus – They will be beneficial in improving posture, strength and flexibility (but are not high-intensity).
He has started a new six-week block of online. Class times are as follows:
Wednesday @ 09:00
Wednesday @ 10:15
(22nd, 29th April, 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th May)
Friday @ 09:00
Friday @ 10:15
Friday @ 11:30
(24th April, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th May)
It will be £65 for the block/ £13 drop-in.
Email him to book: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: You must fill out a medical form before joining a class
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Members of the Upswing team have found the below articles particularly useful and engaging during this time. The current situation is affecting different people in different ways, so we have pulled together articles here that address varying issues, in the hopes that they will be a supportive voice to some of you.
Call 0800 915 4617
NHS’ list of Mental Health Helplines