Infectious disease outbreaks, like the current Coronavirus (COVID-19), can be scary and can affect our mental health.
While it is important to stay informed, there are also many things we can do to support and manage our mental health during such times.Below are some excellent links and resources for mental health support:
Mental Health Foundation: www.mentalhealth.org.uk/your-mental-health/getting-help
Age UK have a new helpline dedicated to provide practical and emotional support to those over 70, especially those who are self-isolating and live alone. Telephone: 0166 299 2239
Anxiety UK is a charity working to relieve and support those living with anxiety by offering information, support and understanding.
Phone: 03444 775 774 (Mon-Fri 9.30am - 5.30pm, on NHS website)
Text service: 07537 416 905
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) is a support line for men.
Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (5pm–midnight) or use a webchat on their website
Childline a confidential line for children to call if they need help or advice about any topic.
Phone: 0800 1111
You can also access 1-2-1 counselling (9am-midnight)
Family Action aims to support adult family members deal with the pressures of family life.
Kooth is a free, safe and anonymous online support for young people.
Mind aims to support individals with their mental health.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 ( Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm except bank holidays)
No Panic offers support and information for those who suffer from Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and other related anxiety disorders.
Phone: 0844 967 4848 (10.00am - 10.00pm. NOTE: calls cost 5p a minute + your access charge)
Youth Helpline: 0330 606 1174 (13-20 year-olds 10.00am - 10.00pm)
Papyrus UK is a charity working towards the prevention of young suicide.
Phone: 0800 0684141
Refuge is an organsition that helps women and children suffering from domestic abuse. They provide a freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline.
Phone: 0808 2000 247
Respect offers a helpline for men suffering from domestic abuse.
Phone: 0808 8010327
Samaritans offers emotional support to all ages.
Phone: 116 123
Switchboard is a line for LGBT+ support.
The Silver Line is a helpline for those over the age of 55:
Phone: 0800 4708 090
Young Minds is a charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people.
Phone: 0808 802 5544 (Parents Helpline - Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm, free for mobiles and landlines)
Text: text YM to 85258 (If you need urgent help)
Last updated: Fri 3rd April, 2020 @ 17:10