Wednesday 20th May – Update
The claimed prime concern of the lockdown for coronavirus, is the preservation of people’s physical health through social distancing measures in order to keep rates of infection at a minimum. This reduced level of interaction, as well as the disruption caused to many people’s normal routines, has had a dramatic effect on the mental health of the nation, and that is worth talking about.
It is currently Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK, which means it’s a fine time to reflect on the impact of this public health crisis from a mental health perspective. People can struggle when conditions are normal, and this time brings with it additional challenges. Of course, for some Autistic people, the idea of social distancing and less crowded public spaces are welcome changes. However, for others things may not be so simple.
It’s worth thinking about people who may not have an understanding family dynamic, where tensions can arise in the home and cause stress. It’s worth thinking about people who cannot go outside due to physical susceptibilities. It’s worth thinking about people who cannot see their loved ones as a result of the restrictions.
It’s worth thinking about reaching out to other people, whether it is you or they who are struggling. Social contact can be overwhelming at times, but can also provide some comfort if it’s on your terms.
Below we’ve included numbers for the MIND and Samaritans helplines, who can provide support over the phone if you are experiencing any difficulty with your mental health. In addition, the National Autistic Society provides a helpline that offers confidential advice and support for people on the spectrum. Even if you feel your struggle is insignificant, it’s not. You will be listened to and treated with respect.
Monday – Friday 9AM – 6PM
0300 123 3393
NAS Autism Helpline
Monday – Friday 10AM – 3PM
0808 800 4104
24 hour service
N.B. Calvin and I will also be streaming again this evening at 7:30pm, playing the interactive Jackbox on Calvin’s YouTube channel. We hope you can join us.
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