COVID-19

and mental health

Dear colleague,

We are working and living in unprecedented times, and now more than ever we have to look after our own wellbeing. The World Health Organization (WHO) has published some useful holistic advice on mental health and psychosocial considerations during this COVID-19 outbreak.

Notably, the WHO advises us to minimise watching, reading or listening to news that causes us to feel anxious or distressed. We should seek information only from trusted sources and mainly for practical steps to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

The WHO suggests we seek information updates at specific times during the day and only once or twice. The near-constant stream of news reports about COVID-19 can cause anyone to feel worried. We should obtain our information from robust sources such as www.gov.uk, www.nhs.uk and www.nhsinform.scot, and base our actions on facts and not rumours or misinformation especially prevalent on social media.

The guidance also offers mental health considerations for specific groups, such as healthcare workers, managers in health facilities and care providers for children, as well as older adults and those with underlying health conditions. It’s well worth a read.

You can access the guidance at https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/mental-health-considerations.pdf

Stay safe and stay strong.

Jim McMorran

GPnotebook Co-founder & Editor

Kevin Fernando

GPnotebook Education Director

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