The COVID-19 pandemic has put our mental health under more strain than before, with increased anxiety and loneliness.
Here you can find details of resources, programmes and agencies located in Cork City that provide supports and help us cope during these unprecedented times.
Cork Healthy Cities initiative provides a wide range of support and information to grow awareness and has developed a number of tools to support health and wellbeing. One initiative, "Psyched", developed as a programme in partnership with UCC, employers, the HSE and Cork City Council, has been particularly successful.
"Psyched" website can be accessed here.
You can find some of their downloadable leaflets here:
Cork City is a member of the WHO Healthy Cities global movement which aims to put health high on the social, economic and political agenda of city governments.
Coiscéim, in addition to its usual counselling service, is offering a coordinated helpline for anyone who is experiencing anxiety, has underlying health issues and in self-isolation and for families whose loved ones are hospitalised or who have had a family member die from COVID-19. This service has been shared widely by the Community Response teams.
SHEP/Coiscéim Cairde counselling is also providing a helpline to people living in Direct Provision Centres in Cork City and surrounding environs.
Cork City Age Friendly Programme provides links to services and assistance - it promotes Age Action Care and Repair, national and local services through our 16 Area Response Teams and promotes the Friendly Call Service.
Cork City Age Friendly Programme City Database is used to reach out to members with both electronic and printed updates on practical initiatives, local and national as appropriate. There are twice weekly emails and postings that will continue for the foreseeable future. Regular contact is the aim of this initiative.
Physical mail drops to all houses on a regular basis are arranged through the Area Teams who can identify people suitable for the Age Friendly services.
They build links with An Post, communities and other stakeholders to maintain links with those who are cocooned or isolated.
Cork Kerry Community Healthcare have produced a series of videos on their YouTube channel about minding your mental health in response to the COVID-19 crisis. You can watch them here by clicking on the links.
There are three cycles of videos:
5 ways over 5 days
5 more ways over 5 days.
Plus, for health care workers, there is a video, Calmwith tips on how to manage emotional responses to unprecedented circumstances.
Stress Control is an evidenced based programme that teaches you practical skills to deal with stress.
The programme covers topics including:
This programme includes six modules which will be broadcast at scheduled times for 3 weeks. Each module will be broadcast 4 times (2pm and 8.30pm Mondays/Tuedays or on Thursdays/Fridays).
Go to Stresscontrol.org and subscribe at no cost to the Youtube channel so you will be updated when the next module will be broadcast.
At this very challenging time Stress Control is a proven and effective way to improve mental wellbeing for staff and the public. You may wish to share the information about this programme with your family and friends to encourage their participation.
This is the second roll out of these online classes following great feedback and engagement from the public and staff. The initial programme had an average audience of circa 6,500 viewers tuning into each session from across the UK and Ireland. Encouragingly 62% of viewers were Irish, represented across all ages from 18 to 65 years old. The majority of participants were in the 35 – 64 year old age group. Women represented 75% of participants. Overall, these metrics demonstrated the interest and engagement with the programme among the Irish public.
Healthy Ireland's YouTube channel has some fantastic video resources relating to mental as well as physical health. Here are some of their latest uploads:
1. Staying Healthy and Keeping Well: Patrick Reilly, Traveller Mental Health Worker, Pavee Point - video
2. Your Wellbeing (Romanian language): Rares-Mihai Nicula, Roma Project Officer, Dublin City Community Co-op - video