Dear Islington resident

It’s OK to not feel OK during challenging times. See below for a range of things you can do, and support that’s available right now.

See below for a range of things you can do, and support that’s available right now.

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Islington residents wellbeing flyer

Be kind to yourself

Find time to do something you enjoy

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It’s OK to treat yourself to the things that make you smile and make you feel good.

Keep Learning … Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course.Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument, or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident, as well as being fun to do.

Give … Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Linking yourself in with your wider community can be incredibly rewarding and will create connections with the people around you. For ideas to volunteer your time

Take Notice … Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are eating lunch or talking to a friend on the phone. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you

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Connect with others

by phone, text, social media, write a letter or smile at your neighbours

Many of us are seeing our family and friends less and not taking part in many of our usual activities.

It’s important that we stay connected. Get in touch with family and friends to share your thoughts and have a chat.

Did you know that there are services available to connect you to others? The council’s We Are Islington helpline helps residents who are experiencing difficulties and feeling lonely or isolated to access a broad range of support- call 020 7527 8222 (7 days a week 9am- 5pm) or email Islington Council. Or you can write to Ground Floor, 222 Upper Street, London N1 1XR

Stay active

Find different ways of staying active

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Being active reduces stress, helps us sleep better and is great for our self-esteem and self-worth too.

If you have access to a garden or you can visit your local park, then get some fresh air, and go for at least a 20-minute walk or run.

Did you know there are things you can do if it is not possible to be active outside? If getting out and moving around is not easy or possible for you, keep moving about indoors as often or as much as you can. Having an exercise routine that you can do at home is important.

Getting active doesn’t have to be intimidating. Start small and find something that works for you on the One You website

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Money worries

Support is available to help you manage debt and money worries

Through no fault of their own, the pandemic has led to many people struggling with unemployment and loss of income.

If you are worried about debt or need to talk about your finances, free, impartial advice is available. Call The Money Advise Service on 0800 138 1777 or visit the Money Advice Service Wesbite.

You can also call Debt Free London on 0800 808 5700 or visit the Debt Free London Wesbite

The council’s Money and debt advice page has details of support available at the Islington Council Website

For advise on a wide range of issues like benefits, housing, employment, debt call Islington’s Citizen Advise on 0808 278 7836 or visit the Islington's Citizen Advise

Personal difficulties

Help is available if you are in personal difficulty or experiencing low income

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If you find yourself in urgent financial or personal need, there is support and information available for you. We are Islington provide support with getting food or medicine, or if you are struggling financially – call 020 7527 8222 (7 days a week 9am- 5pm) or email Islington Council

If you are in severe financial hardship and need an emergency payment to pay utility bills or buy food you can call The Resident Support Scheme on 020 7527 4990 or visit the Islington Council Website

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If you’re not OK

Help is available if you are not OK

This has been a very difficult year and things can feel hard at times. Support is available for whatever you are going through – there is hope and you are not alone.

Finding it hard to cope with your stress, worry, depression or insomnia? Talking about your problems can really help. iCope provides free, confidential, support. To self-refer visit the iCope Website or call 020 3317 7252 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm). Or you can write to them at iCope, Finsbury Health centre, 17 Pine Street, London EC1R 0LP. There are also a range of online resources at the Good Thinking Website

Talk for Health enables people to set up and/or participate in talking groups that support both your own wellbeing and that of others. Find out what’s going on. Islington MIND are still available to provide mental health support remotely including telephone emotional support, running specialist services remotely, offering specialist individualised support as well as virtual social, community spaces and activities. Call 020 3301 9850, or email Islington Mind

If you are experiencing domestic abuse please contact Solace in Islington who provide free and confidential support for women and men in Islington affected by abuse. Call 020 3795 5070 or email Solace Womans Aid (lines are open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm). If you are in immediate danger call 999. Visit the Islington Council Website for additional support available.

Looking for a free online wellbeing support service for your child? Kooth is a safe and anonymous online mental wellbeing support service for children and young people. Check it out on their Website

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and you don’t feel like you can keep yourself safe right now, seek urgent specialist mental health support by calling the crisis line on 020 3317 6333 (24 hrs x 7 days), if it is an emergency and you can’t wait, you should call 999. You can also contact your GP and ask

Published: Apr 29, 2021