With the UK and other international nations going into a renewed state of lockdown due to the COVID 19 pandemic, and having heard so many stories from friends and other members of the Archaeology and Metal Detecting communities from the first wave. We felt we should put together a list of links and tips regarding good mental health and wellbeing.
For the remaining weeks of this year and beyond, we must continue to ensure that we are providing support for each other and sharing ideas about how to improve wellbeing in our hobbies, jobs and personal lives. This webpage includes links for individuals and organisations.
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We also include a video by YouTube’s Addicted to Bleeps – Kris Rogers, offering his own words on the matter, which many have suggested helpful for their own Mental health when previously published.
Generally Archaeological excavations and Metal Detecting have proved to have assisted with ex armed forces suffering with PTSD, sadly lockdown means that we will once again be in isolation.
Don’t suffer in silence. Talk to somebody. Friend, family, a professional or even the Samaritans. This lockdown may be significantly more difficult that this years earlier event. We were lucky to have some fantastic weather. But the seasons have changed and the nights have drawn in. Many are conscious of the Christmas period being affected. Keep safe and well. Use these links and keep an eye on our constant updates. A quick read of something will certainly take your minds off everything else. And site or artifact research can keep you busy for hours.
Kevin Whitmore of the XP ORX international Facebook group adds –
“We can worry that we do not know the best way to help or know what to say as we might make things worse.
But the small things we say or do can make such a big difference to someone.
Just telling them you see their struggle can be important to help them. People can be afraid to let others know they are not coping, but being able to connect with others can be a relief.
Starting the conversation may be difficult, and it’s normal to feel upset if someone you care about is struggling.
But it can help to stay calm and assure them they do not have to deal with things alone,
A chat most importantly may come more naturally if you are doing something together first like detecting , Fishing , walking etc
Fear often prevents us from being open about our mental health difficulties.
We can break down these barriers and talk more openly when we know more about mental health problems and how common they are.
So just talking and being open can do So much good”
Dave and Luke.
- https://smallworkplaces.mind.org.uk/ (requires you to sign up and login in, but this is free)
- https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg293.pdf Welfare at Work. Guidance for employers