With increasing Coronavirus restrictions, many cyclists will be worried about their mental health as well as their physical health. Club member Gideon Burrows offers some valuable advice.
Hi, as a member of the Ards CC Mental Health committee, and someone who often suffers poor mental health myself, I’d like to offer cycling colleagues some links to help you if you’re feeling anxious, depressed, isolated or experiencing other mental health challenges in these extremely difficult times.
The Health and Social Care Boards have a wide range of contacts, published here: https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/sites/default/files/Mental_Health_Z_Card_NorthernArea_01_2017.pdf
Lifeline is an excellent phone helpline for those experiencing depression, suicidal tendencies, anxiety and other mental health issues: https://www.lifelinehelpline.info
If you are suffering, anxious or depressed, you don’t have to be isolated – there is the phone, messaging, helplines and friends to talk to. If we can’t chat on our usual club runs, don’t be afraid to connect with others here, by phone or messaging.
Don’t suffer. Ask for help. You won’t regret it. Keep well.