Coronavirus - General Help

Coronavirus Support Network
There is a coronavirus support network being set up for penrith and surrounding areas. Rebecca Sharp is the administrator for Blencarn, Kirkland, Skirwith, Culgaith and Kirkby Thore. Leaflets will be out shortly and it will be in the Herald etc. If we know of anyone who needs help, shopping etc please take their contact details and I'll get in touch and match them with a volunteer.
If anyone needs anything please don't hesitate to ask, hope everyone stays well.

A "Calming" Item From The Internet
Covid - 19
Worried! – Switch News Off! – Do Something you Enjoy! – Struggling Phone For Support.

As a GP in Gateshead, I’ve not yet seen anyone with confirmed Coronavirus. I have, however, seen many people this week with overwhelming, disabling anxiety. The information coming out about this virus is really frightening - I have close family with chronic long-term conditions who are at increased risk and feeling scared, and I also feel very worried about them catching it and becoming unwell. But the majority of people will get better - even those at higher risk. 

If you’re feeling constantly anxious please switch off the TV or radio news. Try and change the topic of conversation. Do something you find relaxing or distracting. Tell someone how you feel and get some support. Take sensible precautions, wash your hands but try to do something each day that you enjoy. If you’re really struggling with anxiety please do phone and speak to your GP for advice - you’re not alone. 

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