The coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on all of us and our mental health. Below, we share Antonio and Anna’s experiences of managing their mental health during lockdown.
As lockdown begins to ease, we know that coronavirus will continue to impact our mental health, and we’re looking for your stories about what this means for you. If you’re interested in sharing your story as a blog or a vlog, find out more below.
With face-to-face conversations off the cards in recent months, Time to Change Champions and supporters have been finding creative new ways to take the conversation about mental health online. From virtual coffee mornings to Zoom poetry jams, we’ve been blown away by the inventive ways in which you’ve kept the conversation going.
Living with schizophrenia during lockdown
“I used to isolate myself and take myself away from society. It might have been easier to go back to that because of lockdown.”
Antonio shares his experience of living with schizophrenia during lockdown.
Recovery in lockdown
“I’d already spent so many years imprisoned in my house in self-isolation.”
During Mental Health Awareness Week, Time to Change Champion Anna spoke to HuffPost about her experience of being in recovery for agorophobia during lockdown.
How are you adapting to lockdown easing?
As lockdown begins to lift, we’re looking for your stories about adjusting to life after lockdown.
If you have experience of or are currently experiencing a mental health problem, we’d love to hear how you’re adapting and how stigma or misunderstanding might be affecting you. You might want to write about:
• anxiety around socialising with people again
• using public transport while living with a mental health problem
• challenging expectations around returning to work or school
If you’re interested in blogging or vlogging for us, get in touch at email@example.com or submit your blog proposal online.
Managing feelings about lockdown easing
As lockdown eases, you may experience conflicting feelings. Our charity partner Mind have published new information exploring what you might be feeling and advice on how to manage these feelings.
As lockdown eases, it’s still important to keep checking in with each other. Read our top tips for supporting someone.
If you’re looking for mental health support, for you or someone else, there are lots of places you can go for help.