The Mental Health Foundation has put together this very useful guide:
In relation to going back after lockdown they also recommend the following:
- Don’t crack the whip and turn up the dials the moment people are back. Pace things.
- Be patient and This is very important as many people are still going through unusual circumstances and a rollercoaster of emotions.
- Don’t let people feel guilty or like they’ve failed if they need to take time off or hand over a project as they’re still overwhelmed.
- Be supportive.
- Be considerate.
- Be vigilant. Is someone’s behaviour not their usual?
- Be inclusive. People feel secure and thrive when they have a sense of belonging.
- Have eachother’s backs
- Think about a little gift, a flower, a kind note when you notice someone is going through a hard time. Small gestures can go a long way.
- Stay connected.
- Communication is key.
- Remember people recover at different speeds.
“The lockdown period showed great humanity – let’s keep it going.” Kiritahi Firmin, MHF Board Member