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Coping with COVID: Free course supports Sheffielders with simple skills and techniques

A new online course will help local people cope with the emotional and psychological effects of the coronavirus outbreak.

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The 'Coping with COVID' course includes four weekly half-hour sessions which are live streamed, with attendees able to ask questions via text.

The course, which is open to anyone living or working in Sheffield, is hosted by Sheffield IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies), part of a national NHS initiative to open psychotherapy out to the general population.

The four sessions will cover Calming Our Body, Maintain Routine, Managing Worry, and Problem Solving and Sleep.

The next 'Coping with COVID' course will begin with a session on Thursday 7 May, 6-7pm. To sign up for a free place, call 0114 226 4380.

Coronavirus is thought to be having a significant effect on the mental health of the population, with the WHO stating that "the main psychological impact to date is elevated rates of stress or anxiety," but that as lockdown continues, levels of loneliness and depression are likely to increase.

If you or someone you know needs help with mental health and wellbeing, up-to-date information and support is available via the Sheffield Mental Health Guide.

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