Coronavirus and Ivybridge Wellbeing
March 16, 2020

Executive Summary

 

How might Ivybridge (and surrounding parishes) best weather the impending mental-health storm that is brewing around COVID-19?

Ivybridge main street
 
 
The questions in the survey (conducted January 2020) were answered prior to the Corona Virus. Annotations have been added explaining the importance of mental wellbeing in the current climate. It also suggests practical ideas on sharing wellbeing in the wider community during this crisis. You can download the full survey as a PDF here #ivybridgewellbeing survey
 
Introduction
Ivybridge is one of the many communities around the world facing a turbulent future of uncertainty (with the COVID-19 pandemic). This questionnaire about mental wellbeing points towards a robust and simple philosophy on mental health that is relevant, especially in light of the current COVID-19.
 
Medical advice is constantly being updated with regards to the physical implications of the virus (as of March 16th 2020). There are also concerns being voiced about the mental health issues associated with the heightened worry, anxiety and fear. (Here is advice from the World Health Organisation)
 
The original questionnaire asked general questions about wellbeing and stress (this was prior to COVID-19).  I have annotated the report with notes that highlight the relevance to supporting the community through the next few weeks and months in the light of COVID-19.
 
Creating a thriving community in uncertain times
The questionnaire showed that many people realise that worry and anxiety is caused by excessive thinking. At some level people are aware that their mental distress is caused by over-thinking.
 
However, the questionnaire also highlights a misunderstanding around wellbeing.  People believe that mental wellbeing is dependent on certain circumstances and outcomes. This is an area that the Inner Compass can best support people.
 
 It will be easy (in the fast-paced changing news and advice) to excessively worry and feel anxious about the future and what may or may not happen.  If the following two areas are better understood then this can be transformational for people in their lives:
 
1. Wellbeing and resilience are inbuilt – these qualities are the default setting of humans
2. Excessive over-thinking can cloud wellbeing (but never obliterate it). Our thinking is not to be believed.
 
Next steps:
** In light of COVID-19 these steps are adapted to suit the current situation – but are likely to change as new and evolving information comes in:
 
  • To start a Wellbeing Facebook group for Ivybridge and surrounding area (you can join the group here)
  • To offer a free pilot introduction to Wellbeing Listeners online programme for the community (check for updates here)
  • If the #ivybridgewellbeing survey1pilot is successful to roll out free introduction programmes over coming weeks (intention to provide a safe online space for the community to engage and support whilst educating them about wellbeing)
  • To continue sending out the #Ivybridgewellbeing weekly email offering positive stories from around Ivybridge and surrounding parishes. (You can sign up for it here)
 
To download the full survey click this link for the #ivybridgewellbeing survey

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