Looking after yourself during the Queen’s funeral
Monday 19 September 2022 is a momentous event for the nation as the funeral of Her Majesty The Queen takes place. As the longest reigning monarch in British history, the death of Her Majesty The Queen will affect many of us, and may stir up a number of emotions, which can be difficult to manage.
Stephen Buckley, Head of Information at Mind, said:
“The death of such a public figure, and the subsequent media focus on it, will provoke different reactions across the UK. Some of us may experience feelings of personal grief and loss. Some may feel that this adds more uncertainty to an already unsettling time for the nation. And some of us may feel isolated if we’re not experiencing the sense of grief portrayed in the media.
“However you’re feeling about the news and the broadcast of the funeral, it’s okay to feel that way. Take whatever measures you find help you feel safe and well, whether that be only choosing specific times to look at the news, or opting out of viewing media coverage altogether. The most important thing is that you do what helps your wellbeing. This could be anything to help lift your mood – you might consider getting outside for a walk, calling a friend, baking a cake or reading a book.
“If you or your loved ones are struggling with your mental health, for whatever reason, please reach out for support. Mind is here to support you, including through the information on our website, our peer support community Side by Side and our Infoline (open Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm, except bank holidays). If you need to speak to someone urgently, Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you think you might be experiencing a mental health problem, try to speak to someone you trust, such as your GP.”