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With couples and families spending more time with each other, combined with health and financial worries, PCC John Campion is encouraging people to take steps to lower stress and prevent it escalating.

As the lockdown continues, the concerns associated with the pandemic may be increasing stress and anxiety levels and placing strain on relationships. The PCC is asking those that are feeling this strain to be mindful of their actions, and to think of ways in which they can take care of themselves and, in turn, the relationships with those they live with.

The following simple measures can help: finding some quiet time alone for a few minutes; utilising the opportunity to exercise once a day; getting enough sleep; communicating with friends and other family members via phone or video calls; finding a new hobby; or accessing support services to seek advice.

PCC John Campion said: “Whilst we might be starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel, this national pandemic is still impacting daily life as we know it and may have lasting effects. This may very well be causing tension in households across West Mercia, which is why I am encouraging people to take all the steps they can to prevent it escalating.

“Despite the restrictions, there are many ways we can not only help ourselves but those around us, which includes being considerate of how we are handling the situation. If you do feel like you’re getting stressed or irritated, consider going for a walk or take yourself to another room and call a friend. As Commissioner, I will continue to work with partners to make sure that our communities are well supported at a time when it is even more important.”


Support service numbers:

  • Mind – 0300 123 3393
  • Citizen’s Advice – 03444 111 444
  • Respect – for those concerned about their behaviour – 0808 8024040
  • Child Line – 0800 1111
  • Samaritans – 116 123
  • Drinkaware – 0300 123 1110

Women’s Aid helpline:

  • Worcestershire – 0800 980 3331
  • Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin – 0800 783 1359

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