Coronavirus: mental health support

It is more important than ever that we take as much care of our mental wellbeing as we do our physical health during this time. Many of us will have loved ones and family members we will find ourselves physically isolated from; maintaining connections will be vital for everyone in our community.

 

Mental health support and helplines

Mental Health Direct

Mental Health Direct provides support and advice any time of the day or night. The service can arrange for you to speak with a mental health professional and advise you about what service to contact to get the support you need.

  • Call: 0300 555 1000, open 24 hours every day

Talking Therapies Redbridge

Redbridge Talking Therapies provides a wide range of treatments and services helping those feeling distressed by difficult events in their lives as well as people concerned about their mental health. During these difficult, uncertain and challenging times, the service offers therapy online, via telephone or video call. There are individual support, groups and weekly online webinars covering a wide range of topics. The service is confidential and easy to access. You can self refer by telephone or online.

Samaritans

Samaritans are dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and are currently available for telephone conversations and support.

 

Support and helplines for young people

Kooth

Kooth is a free, safe, online mental health and well-being service that supports children and young people between 11 and 18 years of age. Counsellors are available online from 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm on weekends.

Childline

Childline has information, advice, games and activities. They also offer free confidential counselling and advice over the phone or online. 

  • Call: 0800 1111, open 9am to midnight

The Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Services

The Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Services (EWMHS) offer specialist community health services for children and young people. 

Youth Access

Youth Access is an advice and counselling network.

 

Mental health and wellbeing resources

During this time of uncertainty, we would like to reassure you that support is available to all members of the community. You can access lots of excellent mental health and emotional wellbeing support, courses, apps and online resources.

Mind

Mind the mental health charity has created a comprehensive guide with advice for your mental health and the coronavirus including advice for those self-isolating.

Every Mind Matters

Every Mind Matters provides simple tips and advice to start taking better care of your mental health. If you are still struggling after several weeks and it is affecting your daily life, please contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.

Good Thinking

Good Thinking has a variety of apps and tips for mental wellbeing.

NHS mental health and wellbeing

Visit the NHS mental health and wellbeing advice website for self-assessment, audio guides and practical tools, if you are experiencing stress, feelings of anxiety or low mood.

 

Resources for young people

Young Minds

Times of uncertainty can be particularly stressful for young people. Young Minds have created a blog to provide support and advice for young people and their carers.

Government advice

Guidance has been published for parents and carers on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19

Mind

Mind has a dedicated page for young people to find advice and support

 

Keeping Active

Physical activity can help improve your mental wellbeing and you can still get a great work out at home. See our list of resources below:

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