Hope is on the horizon as lockdown measures are eased. But this will continue to be a challenging time for many. Looking after our mental health should be a top priority.
There are 111,000 blind and partially sighted people living in Wales this Mental Health Awareness Week who have faced unique difficulties during the pandemic. Things like problems social distancing, difficulty shopping without guidance and isolation from losing tactile contact with friends and family during lockdown.
We know that specific challenges require specialised solutions. That’s why RNIB is offering free Wellbeing Check-In sessions for blind and partially sighted people in Wales.
It’s a great opportunity to speak to a specialist counsellor for an hour over the phone about how you’re feeling and any problems on your mind. It doesn’t have to be about sight at all.
We’ve also launched a new range of Good Mental Health guides, which offer advice and information on many mental health related topics, such as loneliness, sleep difficulties, resilience and mindfulness.
If you or someone you know could benefit from speaking to someone, visit rnib.org.uk/wellbeing-coronavirus or contact our Sight Loss Advice Service on 0303 123 9999. We can set up a chat within 36 hours and the service can be used as many times as needed.
No one with sight loss has to suffer on their own. Blind and partially sighted people deserve the same expectation of mental wellbeing as everyone else. That’s why RNIB Cymru will always be here.