In this most challenging of times, where the way we live our lives has been impacted on so many levels, there are many places you can seek robust emotional support and advice on managing your mental health and wellbeing.
Covid-19 Pandemic advice: Robust, evidence-based specific advice on how to manage the mental health and wellbeing challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic can be found here
Surrey and Borders NHS Trust Recovery College has published a free to all course titled “coping during the pandemic”. It can be accessed via www.recoverycollegeonline.co.uk
Whatever the reason you feel that talking to someone would help, here are some robust services that you can explore:
T:116 123 FREE 24/7, 365 days a year
ChildLine www.childline.org.uk If you’re under 19 you can confidentially call, email or chat online about any problem big or small. Freephone 24h helpline: 0800 1111. Sign up for a childline account on the website to be able to message a counsellor anytime without using your email address. Chat 1:1 with an online advisor. They also have a free APP called FOR ME
The Mix www.themix.org.uk Essential support for under 25s on a range of topics If you’re under 25 you can talk to The Mix for free on the phone, by email or on their webchat. You can also use their phone counselling service, or get more information on support services you might need. Freephone: 0808 808 4994 (16:00-23:00 daily)
If you’re experiencing a personal crisis, are unable to cope and need support, text Shout to 85258. If your life is in imminent danger, please call 999. Shout can help with urgent issues such as:
Abuse or assault
All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors. Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.
Panic, OCD, phobiaswww.nopanic.org.uk. No Panic are the people to call if you are suffering from panic attacks, OCD, phobias, and other related anxiety disorders. Helpline: 0844 967 4848 (Daily 10:00 – 22:00 Charges apply). Youth Helpline for 13 – 20 yr olds: 0330 606 1174 (Mon – Fri 15:00 – 18:00 Charges apply)Having a panic attack? Crisis number with recording of a breathing technique: 01952 680835 (24 hr) Email: email@example.com/ocd
Older people helpline The Silver Line operates the only confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK that’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year. They also offer telephone friendship where they match volunteers with older people based on their interests, facilitated group calls, and help to connect people with local services in their area. The Silver Line Helpline – 0800 4 70 80 90
YoungMinds Crisis Messenger provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis. Text YM to 85258. All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors. Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.
Looking after ourselves
Look at this great link for over 90 ideas for self care that have been suggested by young people