Coronavirus: Support for adult mental health
The government has advised people to stay at home, only going outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home) and to stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people. These new social-distancing measures have been introduced to combat the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Please ensure you are keeping up to date with the latest advice and guidance:
including: Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19) including advice on autism, dementia, learning disabilities, older people and mental health condition.
Social-distancing can be difficult, particularly in times of increased stress. For many, social isolation and the anxieties surrounding the outbreak can feel overwhelming and this can start to have a negative impact our mental health - it's normal to feel this way and you are not alone.
In such times, with the NHS under increased amounts of pressure, it's important to know how to manage our mental health and wellbeing and also how to access appropriate, available services when they are needed.
To help, we have compiled a range of coronavirus information, online resources, support websites, useful apps, advice helplines and available services to support you:
- A guide to living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty - produced by Psychology Tools.
- Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak - the Mental Health Foundation.
- Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health - by BBC News.
- Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak - published by the World Health Organisation.
- Supporting your child's mental health - family-centered coronavirus and mental health resource bank.
- Get fit with Strength and Flex - a series of five podcasts designed to improve health and wellbeing.
- Podcast on dealing with anxiety and coronavirus by BABCP.
- OCD and coronavirus (COVID-19) by OCD UK.
Evidence suggests there are 5 steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing:
- Connect - It is important to stay connected to friends and family whilst social distancing is recommended.
- Be active - Activity and exercise is key to feeling good.
- Take notice - Take notice of your feelings and thoughts and practice some mindfulness strategies at home.
- Learn - Stimulate the mind, create opportunities to learn new things.
- Give - Give yourself personal space and time to look after yourself.
Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life. Learn more at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/improve-mental-wellbeing/
Or, click here to visit the NHS website.
Every Mind Matters:
Every Mind Matters is an NHS-approved service, created by Public Health England, which gives you simple and practical advice on your journey to a healthier, happier mind – from how to deal with stress and anxiety, to boosting our mood or sleeping better. It will help you spot the signs of common mental health conditions, get personalised practical self-care tips and information on further support.
Follow this link to the Every Mind Matters website.
The Samaritans offer support in times of crisis. They also provide support and information surrounding mental health and have established a section of their website dedicated to coronavirus resources.
Acces the Samaritans website here.
Lancashire Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They also campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Like the Samaritans, they have also established dedicated coronavirus suppport resources.
This includes their 30:30 challenge - an online community of people working towards a shared goal of prioritising wellbeing. Learn more at: https://www.lancashiremind.org.uk/events/9-lancashire-mind-s-30-30-challenge.
Visit the Mind website here.
Despite current covid 19 pandemic, MindsMatter services continue to operate 5 days a week with therapy being provide either by telephone or, as of this month, video conferencing using the “Attend Anywhere” platform.
Due to the current government restrictions, MindsMatter is unable to deliver group support but are looking into alternative ways to offer this. Updates will be made available via this page.
Click here to download their revised service list, which also contains information on how to refer online.
For further information, please visit: https://www.lscft.nhs.uk/Mindsmatter.
Time to Change
Time to Change offers a range of resources with a vision to end mental health discrimination by changing the way people think and act about mental health problems.
From personal stories to sign-posting to support services, tips to getting involved to starting conversations, there's a wide variety of strategies to help you manage your mental wellbeing at this difficult time.
Visit their website by clicking here.
Bipolar UK is a national charity dedicated to supporting individuals with the much misunderstood and devastating condition of bipolar, their families and carers.
There are a range of different ways you can access support during the coronavirus outbreak:
- Call back and email service to get advice and guidance and to just have a chat to relieve some of the loneliness of self-isolation.
- eCommunity - an online forum for everyone affected by bipolar.
- Blogs written by people living with bipolar including: self isolating with bipolar disorder, staying connected during covid 19 and living well in these hard times.
Visit the Bipolar UK website here.
Big White Wall:
Big White Wall is a safe online community of people who are anxious, down or not coping who support and help each other by sharing what’s troubling them, guided by trained professionals.
Available 24/7, Big White Wall is completely anonymous so you can express yourself freely and openly. Professionally trained Wall Guides ensure the safety and anonymity of all members.
The site is currently experiencing a high percentage of users sharing anxieties relating to coronavirus.
If you are aged 16+ and living in Chorley, South Ribble or Greater Preston, you can join Big White Wall for free.
Simply visit www.bigwhitewall.com and enter your postcode.
The Haven (Central Lancashire)
The Haven is a welcoming and non-judgemental place run by The Richmond Fellowship Mental Health Charity.
In response to coronavirus, the Haven is offering telephone appointments.
To book, please call 03300083672.
(10am-22:00 Monday – Friday and 11am – 22:00 Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays).
From 8th June, The Haven Preston will be open, Monday – Friday 10am – 1pm; Saturday & Sunday 11am – 2pm, for emergencies and walk-ins and will stay in place for 2 weeks before it will be reviewed and further updates will then be made available.
The Haven has also produced a range of support resources including the below coping calendar:
Visit the Richmond Fellowship website for more.
Red Rose Recovery
Red Rose Recovery is a recovery infrastructure organisation.
They can provide a network of support for issues relating to relationships, housing, education, and employment.
Red Rose Recovery also works with the Lancashire User Forum (LUF). Although face-to-face services have been postponted, the foruum is offering alternative ways to stay connected including:
- Some groups offering online alternatives for you to join. Contact Glenn on 07935 251579 to learn more.
- Regularly updates to social media: @RedRoseRecovery.
- Contact via phone and e-mail still available at https://www.redroserecovery.org.uk/.
To find out more, visit the Red Rose Recovery website.
Veteran's Gateway provides the first point of contact for veterans seeking support. The organisation puts veterans and their families in touch with the most appropriate support services for information and advice – from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more.
They are currently offering 24/7 coronavirus support.
Visit the Veteran's Gateway Website to learn more.
Inspire offers support for adults struggling with substance misuse.
To visit their website, please click here.
Wellbeing and Mental Health helpline and Texting service
If you are experiencing mental health difficulties, the Wellbeing and Mental Health helpline is an information and listening service.
Available Monday - Friday, 7pm-11pm, Saturday and Sunday, 12pm-12am.
Simply dial, 0800 915 4640 (FREEPHONE ) or text “Hello” to 07862 022846.
Click here to view the Lancashire care mental health helpline website.
Lancashire & South Cumrbia NHS Foundation Trust Crisis Line:
Chorley and South Ribble:
01772 676173 (9:00am - 5:00pm).
01772 773525 (5:00pm - 9:00am).
01772 647024 (9:00am - 5:00pm).
01772 773433 (5:00pm - 9:00am).
National Domestic Violence Helpline - a national 24 hour helpline covering your rights and options.
Telephone: 0808 2000 247
Lancashire Victim Services - 0300 323 0085
The Men's Advice Line - domestic abuse
Telephone: 0808 801 0327
Galop - LGBT+ anti-violence charity
Telephone: 0300 999 5428
Respect - support around domestic violence
Telephone: 0808 802 4040
In an emergency or crisis:
The Crisis Team
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the crisis team on 01772 773433. You can self-refer into this specialist mental health service, but it is advised that you are registered with a GP practice.
For immediate, life threatening emergencies, call 999.
Do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
Use the NHS 111 online service - you should only call NHS 111 if you cannot get help online.
We will continue to update this page so please check back again soon.