NHS advice about COVID
- The NHS is an important source of trustworthy advice on COVID
- The NHS Every Mind Matters provides information and support on how to protect your mental health if you have to stay at home due to COVID
- This is the latest guidance on shielding and protecting the extremely vulnerable
Dealing with stress, anxiety and bereavement
- Community Counselling, based in Malton are offering online and telephone counselling. There’s lots of advice on the Community Counselling website.
- Headspace is offering some meditations you can listen to any time.
- Sudden is a charitable service for people who have been bereaved by a death that happened suddenly or too-soon in someone’s life. You can access information about coping with COVID-19 bereavement on the Sudden website.
(Please be aware that information on these activities are provided for your information only. This does not mean they have been approved by us).
Keeping safe and well if you or your loved one has dementia
The Alzheimers Society has useful information to help a person with dementia to keep safe and well during coronavirus.
Innovations in Dementia Community Interest Company (CIC) has produced four short videos designed for volunteers who are supporting a person with dementia.
Living Well Smokefree – free local support
Are you smoking more due to stress and anxiety as a result of COVID? Stopping smoking is good for your health at any time, but especially now. A UK study published in January 2021 suggests that current smokers who get coronavirus are twice as likely to attend hospital and tend to report more symptoms than non-smokers.
Living Well Smokefree has a team of advisors who have plenty of experience in helping people to stop smoking for good. They will see anyone from the age of 12, have community based locations across North Yorkshire and can arrange home visits for people who have mobility issues.
If you are pregnant and would like to quit, you can access the service yourself or ask your midwife to refer you. You will be offered a choice of a home visit or an appointment in a clinic if you prefer.
Living Well Smokefree offers personalised, one-to-one support over six to 12 weeks. For as little as 30p a day* you can get:
- Access to a dedicated Stop Smoking Consultant
- A supply of either Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) or Champix; or
- Local weekly one-to-one sessions
* Based on one quit product per person who pays prescription charges. The products are free to people who do not pay prescription charges.
We know that people who use this combination of support are four times more likely to quit – and stay quit. Email the Living Well Smokefree team for advice about giving up smoking for good or phone 01609 797272.
Ryedale Adult Weight Management Service
A Weight Management Service has been launched in Ryedale, to help improve the health and wellbeing of local communities.
The free service is available for adults who live in Ryedale, who are overweight, or at high risk of obesity (BMI of over 25) and want to make a change in their lifestyle.
The service includes one 90 minute meeting per week for twelve weeks. The meeting is split into into a 45 minute low intensity physical activity session, plus a 45 minute nutritional information session. You’ll also receive support to make informed decisions regarding your weight and to live a healthier lifestyle.
The service, which was previously only available through a GP referral, has now been extended to allow self-referrals. If you think you maybe eligible for this programme, or require further information, please visit Everyone Active, email Annette King or phone 01642 447720.
Staying active and taking exercise
It’s important to keep active and take exercise even during lockdown periods. Taking exercise can improve your general health and fitness, and your mental well-being.