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.
- Call: 0300 300 1554 (option 1), open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
- Visit Talking Therapies online
Samaritans are dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and are currently available for telephone conversations and support.
- Call: 116 123, open 24 hours every day
- Visit the Samaritans online
Support and helplines for young people
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.
- Sign up on the Kooth website and select 'chat now' to talk.
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.
- Call: 0300 555 1182 or 0300 300 1624, open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 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
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.
Guidance has been published for parents and carers on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19
Mind has a dedicated page for young people to find advice and support
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:
- Public Health England has easy ten minute work outs
- The NHS Fitness Studio has a variety of exercise videos available, from pilates and yoga to aerobics and strength exercises. They also provide advice for getting active with a disability
- Sport England has tips for keeping active at home