19 May 2020
This week, the Government is marking Mental Health Awareness Week 2020, by highlighting the information and help to available to support individuals and families to live mentally health lives, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic.
Throughout the coronavirus outbreak, the Government has partnered with local charities and organisations to coordinate and promote the wide range of support available to Islanders.
Connect Me brings together a wide range of information, from healthy living tips, to support with practical needs, such a food and finances, to support services tailored to adults, children young and people. It also includes links to the support available for individuals experiencing issues that can lead to mental ill-health, including domestic or sexual abuse; and those struggling with drug and alcohol use.
Dr Jake Bowley, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has caused adversity for us all. From social isolation to concerns about money, work and family members.
“In any regular year, one in four of us experience mental health problems, but with the added pressures we are facing, you might find yourself struggling, perhaps with feeling isolated, stressed or overwhelmed.
“Mental Health Awareness Week is an ideal time to reflect on our own mental health, and the mental health of our loved ones. I’d urge anyone who is concerned about their mental health or the health of someone else, to ask for help.”
Senator Steve Pallett, Assistant Minister for Health and Social Services, said “The comprehensive support available to Islanders is a real testament to the sector working together for the good of Islanders. I’d like to thank everyone involved, including the many volunteers taking the time to telephone fellow Islanders who are living alone and have limited social contact. We know these acts of kindness make such a difference.”
For a full list of the support available, visit the Government of Jersey website.