Please revisit this page which is regularly updated.
Many City of Sanctuary volunteers are self-isolating, which can be difficult and people seeking sanctuary are particularly vulnerable to isolation, loneliness, depression and vulnerability. Lack of internet access and TV is a particular challenge for those stuck in asylum accommodation on meagre asylum support. Please continue to send us your ideas and practice on how CoS groups remain connected with each other including people seeking sanctuary as we socially distance and remain under pandemic restrictions. We are pleased to share one Sanctuary Ambassadors suggestion to her peers on how to take care during these difficult times. Thank you Niloha.
It’s understandable to feel worried at this time. But it’s important not to let our mental health suffer. Fortunately, there are some simple things which we can do to help ourselves and others stay healthy and well.
Our maxim has always been: First take sanctuary for yourself.
Public Health England have produced an easy to read pictorial document on Looking after your feelings and your body during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) which is worth sharing.
Doctors of the World, in partnership with Thrive LDN, has produced wellbeing guidance to support migrant communities during COVID-19: “Six ways to improve your wellbeing”, available in 27 languages: English, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Dari, Farsi, Filipino, French, Hindi, Kurdish, Malayalam, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi India, Punjabi Pakistan, Romanian, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese.
University of Sheffield have produced an illustrated guide about Covid-19 for separated children and young people: How can we reduce loneliness among migrant and ethnic minority people?
Audio mental health resources – Touchstone / IAPT have created an online audio resource in Iranian/ Farsi/ Persian to support mental health and wellbeing. The audios include muscular techniques and grounding techniques and many more.
The Refugee Council have produced a Guide from their expert therapeutic team on managing anxiety and uncertainty: Moments for Mindfulness,
Two recent videos on Anxiety and Stress in Urdu and Hindi including coping strategies.
Coping strategies for anxious times – Bristol City Council, NHS and Traumatic Stress Services have produced guidance on coping strategies for anxious times during the coronavirus outbreak in 15 different languages. These include English , French , Pashto , Somali , Albanian , Arabic , Bengali , Mandarin , Polish , Romanian , Farsi ,Tigrinya , Turkish , Urdu and Sorani .
The Recovery and Wellbeing Academy have created a page of online videos and workshops to help manage emotional and mental health during COVID 19.
Get support if you need it. The Every Mind Matters website has all the information you need, from advice to support helplines
Self-isolation can be a frustrating and lonely time. For tips on how to manage any stress or anxiety that you may be feeling right now, visit the MIND website
Coronavirus: Guidance for Better Mental Health is relevant to all about guarding mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic from Rehab 4 Addiction
Stay active! Short on time? Here are some handy 10-minute exercises from the NHS
Try to manage how you follow the outbreak in the media. If you can, avoid reading, or posting, speculation. The most up-to-date and reliable sources of information are from the NHS and the government.
Take some time to clear your head. Why not try some free Headspace mindfulness meditations? Check out and share Mindfulness in Arabic -a free free online, and it’s also available (and all the info about it) in English.
There are still lots of ways to keep in touch: pick up the phone, log onto WhatsApp/Skype, and connect with others. Remember, it’s always good to stay connected.