People across Manchester are being urged to pick up the phone and call or video call those who are in self isolation.
The call comes after the over 70 age group, and people with underlying health conditions, were asked to self isolate for 12 weeks during the coronavirus outbreak.
And now as everyone, apart from key workers, is being told to stay at home for at least three weeks, it means that the effects of isolation will be even more widespread so keeping in touch is more important than ever.
That’s why a creative campaign has been launched by Manchester City Council as a way of reminding people of how vital phone calls will be as a way of helping stave off the effects of loneliness.
Running mainly as a social media campaign, there are also messages across the city on the large digital screens where people who have to travel across the city for essential work will see them.
The message reads: 'Do you know someone who is self-isolating? Call them. It's the small things that make a big difference.'
Councillor Bev Craig Executive Member for Adult Health and Wellbeing said: “ We are all facing major changes to the way we live our lives at the moment. We can’t be physically close to family and friends, and are having to do everyday things very differently. From time to time we will all struggle, and it’s ok to feel unsettled or scared. But this will come to an end, and in the meantime there is lots we can do to keep our spirits up and stay in touch. If you know someone who is self isolating just pick up the phone and check they’re okay this could be the lifeline to older family members, neighbours or friends. It’s a small thing but it will make a huge difference to those feeling lonely in self isolation.”
Updates from Manchester City Council about Cornavirus www.manchester.gov.uk/
Every Mind Matters has now released expert advice and top tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing if you need to stay at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It also includes guidance if you’re feeling worried or anxious about the outbreak. Please visit: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-
Age UK help and advice about Coronavirus https://www.ageuk.org.uk/
And of course Gov.uk and NHS 111 for latest updates and advice from central government and NHS.