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in Times of COVID
With a surge in people reporting mental health
difficulties during 2020, it is evident the pandemic has
caused a separate epidemic of its own. Working to keep
mentally and physically fit is hard enough in normal
times, and now mutual support will be more important
Mental health problems can affect anyone, anywhere
and at any time of day, and I urge people to be there for
one another as the pandemic continues to take hold.
This is especially so for those in rural industries like
farming, where isolation of the job is well known.
It has never been easier to engage digitally with others,
and it’s so key older generations get online and connect
to fight isolation. We all have mental health, just as we all
have physical health, so we should help normalise this
topic of conversation.
Bringing awareness to our wellbeing means informing
one another of how we really feel. “Fine” will no longer
cut it. Everyone deserves to feel safe and supported
when talking about mental health, so we all need to help
make stigma a thing of the past.
Across our businesses at H&H, there are things we’ve
been doing to keep everyone engaged and connected.
We’ve hosted virtual coffee mornings, created a culture
of daily check-ins, and shared business updates and
employee stories. We can all do something uplifting to
help – no matter how small. Random acts of kindness
build personal and community resilience.
Here are some
things we can do
to help others,
which could change
someone’s day, week,
or even their life:
• Check in with neighbours or those living alone
Bake a cake or meal if you know someone isn’t
cooking for themselves
• If you see a farmer, stop to see how their day is or
comment on the weather
Call a family member or friend you haven’t spoken to
for a while
Offer to walk an elderly person’s dog, and stay for a
• Offer to shop for those shielding/vulnerable
When you see someone on their own, smile, say hello,
even try and chat
It is also so important to look after you. If that means
making time to listen to music, fit some exercise in, have
that glass of wine or extra biscuit, or get to bed early,
make sure you are doing what you need to stave off
negative thought patterns and recharge those mental
health batteries. Recognising it’s okay to have a low day
goes hand in hand with making sure it doesn’t turn into
a bad week or month. Mental health can snowball, so
being there for someone or talking before it escalates
will be the best way for us to weather the COVID storm.