The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is impacting on everyone’s daily lives. It may be difficult, but by following guidance on social distancing, or staying at home, you are helping to protect yourself, your family, the NHS and your community.
During this time, you may be bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also feel low, worried, anxious, or be concerned about your health or that of those close to you.
It’s important that you take care of your mind as well as your body and to get further support if you need it. We have added below a list of help and support organisations so we can all get through this together.
Kooth - An online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.
Qwell - A free online mental health and well-being resource for parents and carers of young people under the age of 18 that requires no formal referral, instead only requiring the user to set up an account on the website.
Every Mind Matters - The new national platform for good mental health, from Public Health England. It aims to make it easier for everyone to look after their own wellbeing and improve their mental health, by providing a digital hub full of advice, tips and resources and a new online tool to help.
Samaritans - Offering mental health support and can be contacted by telephone, letter, e-mail and mini-com. There's also a face-to-face service, available at their local branches. They are open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Calm Harm - Free app to help manage self-harm urges.
Place2Be - Is a children’s mental health charity that provides counselling and mental health support and training in UK schools. They have lots of online resources for professionals to support through the COVID-19 pandemic. Telephone: 020 7923 5581. Out of hours telephone: 07850 265681
Men-Talk - Is all around the subject of improving men's mental health, raising awareness, removing the stigma and ultimately reducing male suicide. Men-Talk are continuing to offer mental health support to anyone who needs it. They are providing talks, listening, sharing and signposting online.