A new survey showing two thirds of adults in the UK have struggled during lockdown has come as no surprise to Windsor dad David Bulbeck, who has battled with his own mental health for 25 years.

David, 57, who is supporting Public Health England’s newly launched Every Mind Matters campaign, first sought help for mental health problems in 1995 when he was 31.

He says that maintaining a routine during lockdown, being frank with those you are locked down with and getting out for exercise as often as possible is particularly important.

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He said: “It’s also really important to make sure you have a variety of interests because if one is suddenly banned you have other stuff you can draw on.

“Cycling, walking and photography are often mentioned and have been regular 'crutches' for me but another thing I would like to mention is that there is an increasing number of online resources for learning.

“My preference is for one called FutureLearn which has the Open University behind it.

"There are lots of courses to choose from and I’ve completed 60 over the last four years, all free of charge. There’s even one on Covid-19 which helped me to understand what the virus actually is.

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“I’d also encourage everyone to keep an eye out for friends, relatives and colleagues and trying to stay aware of any behavioural changes that we might pick up remotely while we are all socially distanced

“I know these are tough times for everyone but don’t feel that there isn’t any help out there."

The Better Health - Every Mind Matters campaign is backed by a free NHS-approved Mind Plan from the Every Mind Matters website.

NHS mental health staff can also provide care via phone or online with face to face appointments also possible.

If you or a loved one face a mental health crisis, you can find your local NHS 24/7 helpline on nhs.uk/urgentmentalhealth.