What does the potential lockdown restrictions for coronavirus mean for Nottingham?

What does the potential lockdown restrictions for coronavirus mean for Nottingham?

There has been speculation amid a growing number of cases in the city of Nottingham (2000 in last week as reported by Sky News), about what this might mean for Nottingham residents. The government are looking at a tier system which is rumoured to be unveiled next week. Some of the stories suggest that one of the tiers would be no household mixing of any kind – whether it be in the house, outside – say your garden or local park, or anywhere – including meeting a friend for a bite to eat (another blow to the restaurants and hospitality industry for sure).

As it is all unknown at the moment, people are starting to talk and anxiety building among the country but perhaps more around the ‘hot spots’ like Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. I’ve recently heard someone say, “…no mixing of households in any way measure rumoured and well when you live alone that’s pretty shitty.”

Loneliness is a concern, those that are most vulnerable, like people living on their own could probably do with more support if more restrictions cut off their social interactions. What does this mean? Support can be a variety of means, calling a friend/family member for a chat, video chat, social media check-ins could also prove useful. Some people may chose this time to speak to a counsellor or other mental health professional.

As tomorrow, October 10th, marks the ‘World Mental Health Day’ and amid growing tensions and anxieties around covid-19, I have listed some useful free helplines that could assist those suffering at this time. A lot of the volunteers on these lines are mental health professionals themselves and all receive specialist training to listen to you and in some cases provide advice or additional support.

Samaritans – from any phone 24/7 – 116 123 – https://www.samaritans.org/

CALM (men’s helpline, stands for ‘Campaign Against Living Miserably’) 5pm – midnight only – 0800 58 58 58 – https://www.thecalmzone.net/about-calm/what-is-calm/

Silverline (helpline for older people) 24/7 – 0800 470 80 90 – https://www.thesilverline.org.uk/

British Red Cross (COVID-19 support line) 10am-6pm – 0808 196 3651 – https://www.redcross.org.uk/get-help/coronavirus/support-line

The Mix (support for under 25s) 3pm – midnight – 0808 808 4994 – https://www.themix.org.uk/

If you feel that you would benefit from longer-term counselling support, please get in touch with me. I provide online, telephone, walk and talk therapy and face-to-face counselling in a safe space following all guidelines for to keep the risk of infection minimal.

Above all, be kind to yourself, and seek the support you need during these challenging times.

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