Abertay promotes positive mental health during COVID-19

A lecturer at Abertay University has written a blog about the importance of mental health care during the COVID-19 lockdown and has shared tips on how to promote positive wellbeing.

Jude Kelly is programme lead for BSc Mental Health Nursing and has been a qualified Mental Health Nurse for 20 years. She decided to write the blog to support individuals who might be feeling stressed or anxious as a result of lockdown measures to halt the spread of COVID-19.

Commenting on her decision to help others, Jane said:

“In the past two weeks, we have found ourselves in uncharted waters. We’re being bombarded with sensationalised news articles, emails and social media posts. Stories about food shortages, job losses, an overwhelmed health service and social disorder are all around us. On top of all that, we’re being instructed to stay at home meaning our normal routine is disrupted and social connections feel fractured.

“Is it any wonder then that our mental health could so easily begin to suffer in the face of all this negativity?  A quick scan of my own Twitter feed revealed that people are feeling scared, anxious and disconnected.”

The blog features advice such as staying connected with family and friends, whether by phone, or video calling, and stresses the importance of maintaining a daily routine. Jude also suggests a break from social media and the news as frequently absorbing panic-induced broadcasts could exacerbate feelings of anxiety.

Discussing the importance of staying kind and demonstrating gratitude, Jude said:

“Kindness and compassion to yourself and others is important. At this uncertain time, we need to help and support one another. This might take the form of a thoughtful text or email to a friend or colleague, an offer of help to a neighbour, or just acknowledging those working hard to keep the country going.

“Remember, these are difficult times, but they will pass. More than ever we need to consciously care for our own mental health and wellbeing whilst also supporting one another as best as we can.”

You can read Jude’s full blog on Abertay’s website.