We want to support people who are working in communities to reduce the impact of Coronavirus and its effect on daily life. The starting point is to make sure that we all have correct and current information. The links below are regularly updated:
The UK Government’s coronavirus information
For individuals, you can find medical guidance on coronavirus on the NHS website.
For clinicians, the NHS England and Improvement website contains regularly updated guidance.
Sharing ideas for virtual communities
We want to help people carry on living the best life they can at the same time that they are staying safe and following government advice.
We know that ‘social distance’ is essential in the current situation, but how can we help to stop ‘distance’ turning into ‘isolation’. Let’s start sharing our ideas. What is happening in your community that other people could try in their area? What bright ideas have you got for providing virtual interaction? How can vulnerable people be helped to feel less alone?
Why not share your ideas on Twitter, including #VirtualSocialPrescribing @NASPTweets.
Or emails us at firstname.lastname@example.org – please use ‘Ideas Bank’ in the subject line.
Looking after ourselves
Many people will be understandably worried at present. It can be difficult to manage worry and anxiety when things seem uncertain. The World Health Organisation has issued the following advice to help support your mental health:
- Minimize watching, reading or listening to news that causes you to feel anxious or distressed;
- Seek information only from trusted sources and mainly to take practical steps to prepare your plans and protect yourself and loved ones.
- Seek information updates at specific times during the day, once or twice. The sudden and near-constant stream of news reports about an outbreak can cause anyone to feel worried.
- Get the facts; not the rumours and misinformation.
Also remember to keep as active as possible and take time to self-care with activities that promote your own wellbeing.