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This week (18-24 May 2020) is Mental Health Awareness Week and at Grant Saw, we are keen to play our part whilst supporting the tremendous work of our charity of the year, Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich Mind (BLG Mind).

As we embark on week eight of the lockdown and the overarching lifestyle changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are feeling anxious, stressed, concerned and frustrated. Looking after ourselves has never been more important.

Here are some tips to combat these feelings during this period of lockdown. It is important to:

1 – Stay connected with people – maintain healthy relationships with friends and family via phone calls, video conferencing and social media.

2 – Talk about your worries – remember, it’s OK to share your concerns. If you cannot speak to someone you know, there are NHS recommended helplines you could try – for more information, click here.

3 – Look after your body – try to eat healthy, drink water and exercise regularly.

4 – Self-development – remember, there are free tutorials and training courses online plus online quizzes and even music concerts.

5 – Create a restful environment and try to maintain regular sleeping patterns.

BLG Mind are offering telephone and email support with some services being offered face-to-face via video links and other technology. The support services include mental wellbeing, emotional and social support; support for dementia carers; support for expectant and new mothers and fathers; peer support workshops; employment and benefits support; plus training and consultancy. Full details can be found here.

Our Head of Private Client, Kalpa Prajapati said: “Mental health and wellbeing is important to us as a firm, and we have provided staff with training on mindfulness and coping with the pressures of the profession, as well as having a member of staff trained as a mental health first-aider. We believe BLG Mind’s work will be vital as the various consequences of COVID-19 become apparent, and that’s why this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is more important than ever”.

The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week in 2020 is kindness. Acts of kindness makes us feel happier, reduces stress and anxiety, gives us energy and is even good for your immune system. We are proud to support Mental Health Awareness Week and we are delighted to work with BLG Mind in 2020/2021.