Covid-19

This difficult time is concerning for everyone, particularly for people living and working in prison. In addition to keeping psychically well, we must look after our emotional and mental health too. Below are some resources for ways we can do that.

Mind:
Some tips for line managers about how they can support their team’s wellbeing as well as their own while working remotely or from home. 
www.mind.org.uk/workplace/mental-health-at-work/coronavirus-supporting-yourself-and-your-team

Things you can try that could help your wellbeing. 
www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing

A few suggestions for how you can stay active without leaving the house.
www.mind.org.uk/about-us/our-policy-work/sport-physical-activity-and-mental-health/get-active-feel-good/staying-active-at-home

National Prison Radio:
They have adapted their broadcast schedule to provide even greater support to listeners. As well as opening a freephone line. It is available to everyone in prison via the wing phones. 
https://prison.radio

Hearing Voices Network:
Just Listening is a free community listening project that seeks to offer justice in listening and connection through meaningful action.
https://www.justlistening.com.au/

A page listing different ways the current crisis may impact on living with voices, visions and similar sensory experiences.
www.hearing-voices.org/resources/covid-survival/

National Paranoia Network 
They have set up a peer support email service. If you would like support you can email
support@nationalparanoianetwork.org and they will respond as quickly as possible.

NSUN:
Keeping in touch with each other when we can’t meet face to face.
www.nsun.org.uk/news/covid-19-keeping-in-touch-with-each-other-when-we-cant-meet-face-to-face

There are a number of mutual aid groups and neighbourhood initiatives which have sprung up across the country.
www.nsun.org.uk/News/covid-19-mutual-aid


For those of you who run and facilitate Hearing Voices and Unusual/Alternative Beliefs groups will have had to pause them for safety. Obviously, such anxious times can exacerbate these experiences, and with the increase of time in isolation a lot of people in forensic and detention settings will be in extreme distress.

Please do contact us if you want to discuss supporting these individuals. And please do look on our resources page.