Patrick Ewing is reminder our coronavirus fight is not won

We are reminded, again of our vulnerability, and of the rare power of the coronavirus to turn a blind eye on its victims, unaware of status, unmoved by fame or accomplishment. Late in the afternoon of a Memorial Day Friday comes the word that an old New York hero named Patrick Ewing is in the hospital.

And we are reminded, again: this is still with us.

We are inching toward our new normal, whatever that may be, but we are not there yet, probably not close to there yet. The weather warms, the beaches invite, the calls for reopening grow louder, and while most of us fight daily inner wars between what we want and what we know we need to do, we can forget why this has all been necessary.

And then we find out Patrick Ewing tested positive.

And we are reminded: if he can get it, so can we. The fight is not yet over. The sacrifices are not yet complete. This is still with us. It is a stubborn SOB.

“I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19,” Ewing, who spent most of his Hall of Fame career as a Knick, said Friday in a statement released by Georgetown University, his alma mater, where he is the basketball coach. “This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly. I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones.”

We are reminded that just because you are famous, you are not granted a hall pass. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson tested positive. Mitchell Donovan tested positive. Kevin Durant tested positive. James Dolan tested positive.

There are still over 1.5 million cases in this country, over 20,000 new cases reported Friday. There are still over 94,000 deaths, more than 1,000 Friday — this after two months of lockdowns and quarantines. We have grown somewhat numb to the numbers, because it’s impossible not to. We have searched for positive trends, for flattened curves, for hopeful news. And more people keep going to the hospital.

Now Patrick Ewing goes to the hospital.

“Now, more than ever, I want to thank the healthcare workers and everyone on the front lines,” Ewing said in the statement. “I’ll be fine and get through this.”

His case is no more or less sad or compelling than anyone else’s, we just know his name, as we know Hanks’, as we know Durant’s. By now, this virus has surely cast its dark hand on all of us — someone we know, someone we love, family, friend, neighbor. It doesn’t discriminate. It knows no prejudice.

And as bad as we want our old lives back, as much as we want our old world back, we are reminded, still again: it is still with us. It may be in retreat. It may not be as puzzling a foe as it seemed to be two months ago. But it is not defeated. It has not vanished.

Ewing, it seems, will recover. The numbers tell us most do. But there is little comfort in those figures because this is also true: some don’t. It is still with us. It is a terrible truth, a lousy element of every day. We need our old lives. We need our old world. We need to craft our new normal, whatever that will be.

But every now and again, we need to remind ourselves that we haven’t won yet. This is still with us. Damn it.

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'Herd immunity is our way out': Dr Hilary Jones fears lockdown eased prematurely

Dr Hilary Jones believes herd immunity will be the UK’s way out of the coronavirus pandemic.

Just last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson eased his lockdown restrictions where he encouraged Brits to go back to work, only if it was safe to do so.

Since then, pictures have emerged of both buses and London tubes packed with the public as they make their daily commute to the office.

And it appears the Good Morning Britain regular is fearing the government eased the measures prematurely.

Talking on the breakfast show, the 66-year-old explained: ‘Well I don’t know if it was an intention to avoid lockdown all together, at the end of the day herd immunity will be the way out of this.’

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He added: ‘We don’t have a vaccine or a preventative, we’re easing lockdown, there will be more transmission of the virus, people are taking it for granted and we’re going back to normal prematurely in my opinion.’

The health expert stressed: ‘It is a worry,’ as he continued: ‘I think herd immunity may be the thing that gets us out.’

Dr Hilary pressed on where he gave out his own advice, and said: ‘The roads are getting busier again, we’re relaxing too much too early.

‘It’s important we remain vigilant, and as the government says, “stay alert” – whatever that means – and treat other people like they have the virus.’

It comes after Mr Johnson eased the guidelines, telling people they can meet up with one other person from outside of their household as long as they keep their two metre distance.

He went onto confirm it would be fine for Brits to drive to a place for exercise – seeing everyone flock to beaches and popular beauty spots.

It’s also thought schools will be reopening on June 1 to reception students as well as those in year one and year six.

However, both teachers and parents alike have revealed their concerns about sending children back into schools ‘too early.’

To help reduce the transmission of the virus, Dr Hilary has previously urged parents to stay away from the school gates when dropping off their children, and to maintain the social distancing guidelines.

As it stands more than 34,000 people have died from Covid-19 with over 240,000 coronavirus cases confirmed in the UK alone.

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What time is Clap for our NHS Carers tonight, Thursday, May 14? – The Sun

THE nation will applaud the efforts of carers on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus today – Thursday, May 14.

In a now weekly tradition, millions of Brits are expected to take part in Clap for our Carers – here's how you can get involved in tonight's show of appreciation.

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What time is Clap for Carers tonight?

The nation will come together to applaud carers tonight, May 14, at 8pm.

The initiative began on Thursday, March 26, and has since taken place every week.

Many people take part in Clap for our Carers which is intended to thank the estimated 1.3 million Britons who work for the NHS and other key workers as they battle against coronavirus on the frontline.

Landmarks across the country, including the Wembley Arch, the Royal Albert Hall and Lincoln Cathedral are lit blue during the weekly tribute.

Public figures who have joined in the clapping include David and Victoria Beckham and the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has sung the praises of the NHS after beating coronavirus with their help.

Why are people clapping?

The aim for Clap for our Carers is for the NHS to feel loved and appreciated by the British public, according to organisers.

It also gives communities the chance to come together and offer encouragement in the middle of the coronavirus outbreak.

The NHS are not the only entity being applauded, as student carers, volunteers and other key workers will also be celebrated in their efforts to keep Britain going.

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How can I get involved?

Anyone can join in Clap for our Carers.

You can get involved by standing at your window, on your balcony or front garden to give a round of applause along with the rest of the country.

Some have chosen to applaud with the aid of cooking utensils while drivers toot their horns to say thank you.

If you do not want to go outside, you can participate by live streaming yourself clapping on social media.

The hashtag #clapforourcarers is used to join thousands of social media users applauding the NHS.

You can also purchase T-shirts with proceeds going to NHS charities.

Details of this can be found here.

How did Clap for our NHS start?

Dutch national Annemarie Plas started the campaign.

Residing in London, she was inspired after seeing a similar show of appreciation for carers in her home country, the Netherlands.

Since then, other countries who have been worse hit by the outbreak of the virus have applauded their medical staff in a similar way.

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‘Days of Our Lives’ actor John Callahan dead at 66

John Callahan who is best known for playing Edmound Grey in “All my Children” has died at the age of 66.

Callahan, who was famous for his work on various soap operas such as “Days of Our Lives,” “Santa Barbara” and “Falcon Crest” passed away at his Palm Springs home Saturday night reports Variety.

As of now, his death is attributed to a stroke and not any complication of the coronavirus.

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John married his ‘Days of Our Lives’ costar Eva LaRue, but the pair separated in 2005, and have an 18-year-old daughter, Kaya.

LaRue announced Callahan’s passing on her Instagram saying “May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend. You’re bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co-parent partner, and loving father to Kaya.”

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Use our A-Z guide to staying healthy in body and mind while self-isolating – The Sun


AS more and more of us succumb to coronavirus, it is now more important than ever to take care of our health.

From ways to boost your immune system and mental health to helpful apps and podcasts, Natasha Harding, with the help of experts, offers an A-Z of ­staying healthy and happy at home.

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APPS

There are some great apps that will make isolation that bit easier. +Well is a prescription delivery app in which you can request and track prescriptions.

To use, select your GP and medications and the medicine is delivered to your house. If you pay for your prescriptions, that’s done via the app.

Trying to get a doctor’s appointment is almost impossible now as they are so overworked. If you have got some symptoms that you want to check then WebMD is useful. As well as researching aches and pains, you can learn about different conditions and drugs on the app as well as researching treatments and diagnosis.

You can also use it to set medication reminders.

BREATH

“Breathing properly can really make you feel better,” says Dr Phil Parker, researcher at London Metropolitan University and creator of The Lightning Process, a treatment for stress.

He explains: “Stress is linked to fast breathing so slow, focused breathing helps you to stay calm and boosts your immune system.”

Try this simple exercise. Find a comfortable space and spend three minutes breathing mindfully. Breathe in for a count of four seconds then breathe out for a count of five. You’ll feel calmer and more peaceful afterwards.

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COUGH

“Coughing is often an early symptom in coronavirus infection, with 60 per cent or so developing a dry cough. There’s no mucus and the cough is frequent.

“Cough medicines tend not to help, but sweet lemon drinks can be temporarily soothing,” says Sun Doctor Carol Cooper.

DRINKING

Drink lots of water. “When fluid levels in our bodies fall even slightly, we can have headaches and difficulty in concentrating,” nutritionist Amanda Ursell reminds us.

“It can also leave us dizzy, tired, stressed and snappy. Over longer periods, not drinking enough fluids ups the chances of urinary tract infections and constipation. Adults need 1.5 to two litres of fluid a day and children around six to eight drinks.

“Water, milk, fruit juice, tea and coffee all count towards fluid intakes but don’t overdo sugars and caffeine.”

ENJOYMENT

Dr Phil Parker says: “It’s important we still have fun. Your usual go-to fun activities are probably off the menu so get creative. Use this time to think about what you always said you wanted to do — write a novel, learn the guitar, paint a portrait, or start regular yoga practice. Now you have the time to do it.”

FISH

The Sun’s Amanda Ursell explains: “Fish is a tasty way of really boosting protein, a nutrient we need for repairing muscles and organs, skin and our immune systems. White fish such as coley, plaice or cod keeps calories down, with 140 calories per 140g-baked serving, while boosting the mineral iodine that is vital for metabolism.

“Oily fish such as salmon, sardines and pilchards are brilliant for omega-3 oils and vitamin D, which may help to reduce the risk of heart disease and are crucial for mood and strong bones. Aim for two servings of fish per week, one of which is oily.”

GUT

Research scientist Dr Eileen Murphy says: “Most people are aware of the crucial role gut bacteria plays in digestion, with studies linking the microbes in our large intestines to everything from allergies to weight control. But medical and psychiatric findings also show our gut flora can influence our mood and stress levels.

“The intestines also play an essential role in ensuring a healthy immune system.

“It’s important to look after your gut health and boost your immunity — and lower your stress levels — at this time of unprecedented anxiety.

“Take a clinically proven probiotic such as Zenflore (£29.99 for 30 capsules, available from precisionbiotics.com or Amazon). It can help with stress, anxiety and stress-related fatigue.”

HANDS

The whole nation seem to be complaining about cracked hands because of extra hand-washing.

But according to Karen Gerrard, hand and skin expert and founder of Seams Beauty, there are things we can do to help our mitts. She explains: “Sing one round of Happy Birthday when washing your hands. Make sure your hands are dry afterwards. It is important to stop skin becoming damp, which can lead to soreness and chapping.

“Use a soft towel. Ideally, a piece of kitchen towel because it softens when wet and can go straight in the bin, negating a build-up of germs on the communal family towel.

“Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated — if you pinch the skin on the top of your hand and it doesn’t instantly bounce back, you may be dehydrated. Moisturise your hands at least three to four times a day. Everything we touch is porous, so try not to run your hands over paper, clothes and surfaces.”

IMMUNITY

Immunologist Dr Jenna Macciochi says: “If you’re feeling run down or just want to make sure you are in the best of health, a high dose of extra vitamins such as C, D and minerals such as zinc can really help. These ingredients have been shown to both protect the immune system and speed up recovery from sickness.

“In order to build your immune system as much as possible, a holistic approach is best — covering all the bases. In times of need, take a dose of max-strength vitamins from Tonic Health.” (20 sachets for £11.99, tonichealth.co).

JUGGLING

Work, home-schooling, queueing at the supermarket and trying to keep everyone happy is the reality for most of us at the moment. Life coach Vikki Rimmer advises: “Stop and prioritise. Lists are helpful, but working out what is at the top can be really beneficial.

“Hold your hands out in front of you and imagine putting one of your tasks in one hand, and a second in the other hand. Visualise them, give them a mark out of ten for importance. Whatever one scores highest, put that at the top of your to-do list.

“Take the next item, put it in your now empty hand and compare it with the remaining task, grade again, and pop the one with the highest marks second on the list, and so on.”

KALE

Amanda Ursell advises: “Greens such as kale, spinach and Swiss chard are immune-boosting foods high in vitamin C. They also contain folate, another immune booster. Get a portion of leafy greens daily if possible. If the supermarket is running low in stock, try a farm shop or online delivery.”

LONELINESS

Dr Phil Parker explains: “This is linked to ill health, so friendships and connections are as important as ever — and they actually change the way your brain works. Even if you can’t see your nearest and dearest, it’s still possible to stay in touch using social media and apps such as FaceTime and Skype. Or host a virtual pub ­lock-in via Zoom. Keeping friendships alive boosts physical and mental health.”

MENTAL HEALTH

Life coach Anna Williamson has tips to help protect you. She says: “Create a framework for your day. Routines create stability and reduce feelings of anxiety and lack of control.

“Make sure your to-do list is achievable and don’t overload yourself with too many things or you will end up increasing stress levels.

“And talk. During times of uncertainty, we can hold all kinds of horrible thoughts and feelings in our heads, which tend to gather pace and momentum when bottled up.

“So make sure you have a ‘brain dump’ and talk to someone about how you are feeling to reduce worry.”

NATURE

The advantages of being outside in nature are huge. If it’s not possible to go for a walk, getting in the garden or even tending to plants have benefits. “Getting out in nature is crucial”, says The Yorkshire Forager Alysia Vasey. “Kids love picking berries, exploring wildlife and seeing the arrival of spring — at a distance from others, of course.”

ORANGES

“We all know they are great for vitamin C,” says Amanda Ursell, “One orange gives you double your daily target for this nutrient, which is vital for your immune system, and has just 60 calories per serving.

Scientists have recently discovered that the super-nutrient ‘nobiletin’ in oranges helps reduce obesity in mice as well as lowering insulin and cholesterol.

“Tucking into the citrus fruit is a great way to notch up one of your five a day and may even help a weight-loss plan.”

PODCAST

Dr Phil Parker says: “You might find that podcasts are your lifeline just now. Pop one on and let it speak to your unconscious. I have created a list of free podcasts on iTunes that help people to find calm and relaxation.” The Importance Of Hope podcast is an inspiring podcast to listen to. See philparker.org/phils-podcasts.

QUIZZES

Keeping the brain active is important. Puzzle and brain-training author Dr Gareth Moore has written countless quiz books for adults and children. Stay Sharp! The Ordnance Survey Puzzle Tour Of Britain and Wordsearch Workout For Clever Kids are some of his best.

ROUTINE

Biologist and nutrition expert Keeley Berry says: “Routine is often hailed as the foundation for healthy living, but we’ve all had our daily work, fitness and family lives disrupted?

“Creating a new routine for the time we remain at home will help us to feel more in control in uncertain times.

“Firstly, aim to go to bed and wake at the same time you would usually. And use mealtimes as the foundation of your day, taking time to enjoy preparing and eating three healthy meals.

“When it comes to a weekly routine, keep things simple. If you usually go to a gym class on a Wednesday night, maintain that routine but do a home workout on that day instead. If Friday nights usually means socialising with friends, your new routine could be to catch-up with a video call.”

SPACE

Kimberley Wilson, psychologist and author of How To Build A Healthy Brain says: “Have a designated escape room or space in your home where you can be by yourself. If everyone respects that a certain corner or room represents alone time, it can alleviate cabin fever.

“And try different board games, crafts, puzzles or new skills to give your brain the novelty it craves.”

TIDYING

According to Psychology Today, clearing out the clutter has been proven to calm your mind and make you feel less anxious. Lynsey Crombie, also knows as the Queen Of Clean, says having a system in place for organisation will transform your life. Her book The Easy Life reveals top tips to spring clean your home.

She says: “The best system is to spend ten minutes per week in each room tackling clutter zones. These are places such as the chair in your bedroom with all clothes on and kitchen surfaces where loose paperwork gets dumped.

“No matter which way you choose to declutter, make sure it is a system you can work to and keep in place.”

UNDER THE WEATHER

“If you feel below par, it’s a good time to visualise happier times,” says Dr Phil Parker. He adds: “Spend some time recalling positive memories reduces stress and boosts your health. It also reduces stress levels and boosts the immune system.

“As you laugh, oxytocin and other health-boosting chemicals are released so get that brilliant photo album out.”

VITAMINS

Keeley Berry says: “Now is the time to take stock of the vitamins we need to keep the immune system working efficiently.

“Staying indoors when we would more likely be getting out in the spring sunshine may mean our vitamin D stores dip, so I recommend taking a vitamin D supplement to support your mental and physical wellbeing.

“Vitamin B12 will also help to maintain energy levels and ensure cognitive functions are working normally.”

WORRYING

Nutritionist and author of The Art Of Sleeping Rob Hobson says: “Many of us are worrying about things we didn’t ever think possible. Watching the news before bed or spending hours on social media aren’t great to do late in the evening. Instead, go to bed with a clear mind by jotting down your any worries that are troubling you.”

X-RATED

Sex will give the immune system a boost so continue to make it a priority. “To have a great sex life, many couples will need to make effort to prioritise time alone with a partner at least once a month,” says sex doctor Dr Karen Gurney, author of Mind The Gap.

YOGA

This exercise helps to power up your immune system because it lowers stress hormones and also helps condition the lungs and respiratory tract because of the focus on deep breathing. Yoga teacher Natasha Hope says: “Now is an ideal time to fit in some yoga. The Daily Yoga app offers more than 100 classes including beginner and weight-loss options.”

ZZZZZ

Sleep is vital at this difficult time. Rob Hobson explains: “Creating a sleep ritual will help you to deal with stress. Try to go to bed at the same time every night, ensure the room is dark and cool and avoid your phone before you turn off the lights.”

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Our wonderful kids killed themselves – we must stop coronavirus triggering a mental health epidemic – The Sun

WITH the worldwide death toll rising, there’s little doubt about the catastrophic physical impact of coronavirus.

Yet experts and parents who lost children to suicide are are now warning that the toll on people’s mental health could be equally as devastating.

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Stuart Falconer's "sweet" and "funny" 15-year-old son Morgan took his own life in May 2015, with no warning signs or suicide note.

Now, Stuart, 50, from St Albans, Hertfordshire, fears the coronavirus lockdown could "tip over the edge" people who are already struggling with their mental health.

He says: "The circumstances are unique and unprecedented, but the challenges to mental health remain the same.

"People are isolating themselves, they're on their own, their world becomes smaller and smaller."

This was tragically brought home this week by news of two young lives lost against the backdrop of Covid-19.

Emily Owen, 19, from Kings Lynn took her own life and was said to have been unable to cope with her world closing in and her future plans being cancelled.

"Emily was very concerned about coronavirus itself but more concerned about the mental health impact of isolation and the fear of the unknown," said her sister Annabel Owen, 21.

It also emerged that a nurse on the frontline of the epidemic at a London hospital ended her life on Monday.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has already declared that the outbreak is causing increased levels of anxiety and mental health charities are also reporting a surge in calls to their helplines.

Those seeking assistance are both those already struggling with existing mental health conditions but also others panicked by the financial insecurity, loneliness and uncertainty the pandemic has left in its wake.

It's why The Sun's You're Not Alone campaign is today launching a series to raise awareness of the pandemic's effect on mental health, as well as providing tips to boost wellbeing.

Each day experts will offer guidance on how to use exercise, cooking, staying connected and entertainment to look after you and your loved ones during this challenging time.

We must take responsibility for people around us

The impact of quarantine or self-isolation is an additional challenge for many.

Last month, a report in the medical journal The Lancet said that "separation from loved ones, the loss of freedom, uncertainty over disease status, and boredom can, on occasion, create dramatic effects".

Dad Stuart Falconer stresses the need for meaningful interactions.

"I feel for people who are going to be on their own because, ultimately, we all need human contact," he says.

"Everybody can be vulnerable. If a young person was already feeling down, if they'd already got doubts about their place in the world and their own insecurities about stuff, this is going to exacerbate it.

Stuart believes people need to remain in contact with each other and have open conversations, saying: "We'll never know unless we ask.

Everybody can be vulnerable

"We've all got to take responsibility, not just for ourselves but for people around us. We live in a global community where we're supposed to look out for each other," he says.

"We all have to remain in contact with each other. When we come out of this crisis, I'd like to think that people will be kinder to each other, that people will be grateful for what we've just come through."

Talk about other topics – we will come out of this

He adds: "Morgan's the only person who knows why he took his own life – I'll never know. All I know is that I didn't have enough conversations with him about the things that really mattered – like 'how are you?', 'what's going on?' and finding ways of trying to find out what was going on in his world."

We've all got to pay attention to the people that we care about

Stuart – who founded the suicide prevention charity The Ollie Foundation with two other parents – also warns against speaking only about COVID-19 with your loved ones.

"If we only ever talk about the coronavirus and all the bad things that are happening that's going to play into people's insecurities," he says.

Uncertainty causes anxiety

Elsewhere, mental health experts expect the implications of the corona virus both short-term and long term to be huge.

"As you’d expect, we’re hearing from many people whose mental health has been affected by the coronavirus," Emily Weatherby from mental health charity Mind told Sun Online.

"Some have concerns about how they are going to access the things they need to live well, like their treatment or benefits.

"Others are finding the uncertainty of the situation is causing significant anxiety."

'We saw a spike after PM announced changes'

It’s a sentiment echoed by Anxiety UK, who are in "exceptionally high demand" – calls to their helpline are up by a third and there's been spiralling web traffic to their online advice pages.

"On the day when the Prime Minister made his first announcement about non-essential travel we saw a real spike — around a 220 per cent increase — as people tried to understand what this meant for them", says Dave Smithson, the charity’s operations director.

"The toleration of uncertainty is hard for any of us — the general thing I’m hearing when talking to callers is when is all this going to end?" he says.

"We’ve had callers who had said they thought they had their anxiety under control, but it’s mounted again."

Keep youngsters talking


Carole Fowkes's 21-year-old daughter Alexandra Wilshaw hanged herself in her Durham University bedroom in March 2018, 170 miles away from her family home.

Carole, 51, from Bourne, Lincolnshire, says parents need to keep checking on their children.

She advises them to go for a walk with their kids once a day, play board games with them, "get them talking", and encourage them to take an interest in things like gardening and reading.

And if they come to learn their children are feeling "desperate", they should suggest calling a helpline like the Samaritans.

"It's very hard to keep young ones talking – but I don't want to see other people ending up like Alexandra," she says.

Meetings have stopped but support continues


Emma Oliver, from Leeds, agrees. Her straight-A son Daniel Long, 15, hanged himself while revising for his GCSEs in February 2017.

Emma, 45, says one positive about the three-week lockdown is that parents can easily check up on their children to make sure they're coping with the crisis.

"With Daniel, he became really withdrawn, he was really quiet, the mood changed, he lost his appetite [before his death]," she says.

"It's easier for parents to check on their kids now – I'd go up every 20 minutes or so just to make sure they're alright, see what they're doing, sit on their bed, have a conversation: 'Are you alright? How are you finding it being isolated?’

"Before, people who were struggling could get out and go to support group meetings – but now they've not got those meetings, they've all had to close.

"But there are online resources, apps and phone lines they can use.”

Her advice is: "Keep talking and keep going out for exercise."

You're Not Alone

EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.

It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.

It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.

Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.

The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.

Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.

If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:

  • CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
  • Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
  • Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
  • Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
  • Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
  • Movember, www.uk.movember.com

While the government’s drastic actions are safeguarding us for the short term there is, Anxiety UK's Smithson says it can lead to "potential for bigger problems in the long term".

"It’s important for us to prepare for that now and to make sure we have things in place," he says.

In the meantime, mental health charities are doing their best to help people focus on the positive.

"The good news is there are things people can do to help stay mentally well, such as exercise or connecting with other people over the phone or Skype," says Mind’s Emily Weatherby.

"It’s a challenging time, but we are focussing on ensuring we can support as many people as possible through this."

Stuart Falconer believes that it's down to everyone to pull each other through the situation.

He says: "Hope should exist for individuals. Yes, it's a difficult time but we as a country will come out of it.

"The same applies to individuals. Individuals have hard times – but we can come out of the other side, we've just got to have that hope and belief that we can do it.

"We've all got to pay attention to the people that we care about. It could happen to you, it might happen to your son, your brother, your dad."

Tomorrow: The simple home exercises to beat coronavirus gloom and boost happiness.

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