Issue 18 May 2020

Matters

Mental Health Support

Mental Health SupportThe coronavirus pandemic has reminded us all just how important it is to be kind to ourselves and prioritise our mental health. 

We are more much more susceptible to anxiety and depression during these uncertain times and it's not just the threat of the virus that can weigh heavy on our minds. The isolation caused by lockdown, worries about job security, a relationship breakdown or a bereavement can also have a serious impact on our mental health.

Thankfully there are a number of support groups, both nationally and locally, that are available to support us through this difficult time.

Sussex Oakleaf, a local provider of mental health services, has launched a new online platform aimed at providing advice, information, support, and resources to people who are struggling with their mental health.

The platform, which can be accessed through the Sussex Oakleaf website www.sussexoakleaf.org.uk allows visitors to chat one to one, through any internet enabled device, with one of Sussex Oakleaf’s trained mental health Recovery Workers.

Visitors can ask questions, share their concerns, or receive guidance on how best to manage their mental health or the mental health of a loved one. Recovery Workers will be on hand to signpost visitors to services or resources relevant to their needs.

The Sussex Oakleaf website also hosts a new resource library with links to useful websites, videos and apps which can help to support better mental health. Visitors will find a link to Sussex Oakleaf’s Community Support Facebook Group, where members have already been supporting each other since the onset of the UK lockdown.

Find out more at www.sussexoakleaf.org.uk.

For a full list of national mental health support groups and helplines visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines 

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West Sussex County Council (WSCC) reopened Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS) across West Sussex on Monday 11th May.

Although the waste sites are open, WSCC is asking you to consider if your journey is absolutely essential before making the trip. 

From Monday 1st June, the range of items will be extended to include garden waste, general household waste, wood, cardboard, electrical items, bulky items, and furniture. The HWRS are currently unable to accept soil / hardcore, plasterboard, asbestos, tyres or textiles for the time being. ID will be required from all vehicles attending site

Vans and pickups will be permitted on the sites, but will need to display their WSCC permit to access the site. Trailers will continue to be rejected for the time being due to the operational changes made to sites.

Normal summer opening hours will be in operation. Once at the sites there will be certain measures in place for the safety of visitors and staff.

Please visit www.westsussexrecycles.org for more information on your local site.