Mental Health Support during COVID-19 Lockdown
For the latest UK Government advice on the Coronavirus outbreak, please read the Gov web page here.
The unprecedented lockdown and the uncertainty about when life may return to normal can take its toll on our mental health. If you are concerned for yourself or a loved ones mental health and wellbeing, here a list of services that can offer expert advice and support to help available to residents in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Resource Pack
MH Resource Pack (Zip Archive, 429 Kb)
A useful resource pack containing "where to get help now" poster, a flyer of local and national services available that support mental health and wellbeing and self-help guidance using the 5 Ways to Wellbeing. Please feel free to download and share these resources as widely as possible.
For more information on getting hard-copies of this pack, contact email@example.com.
Where to go for mental health support now:
Urgent Help (emergency)
Call 999 or go to A&E if someone's life is at risk – for example, they have seriously harmed themselves; or you do not feel able to keep yourself, or somebody else, safe.
Urgent Help (non-emergency)
Call NHS 111 or ask for an urgent GP appointment if: You need help urgently for your mental health, but it's not an emergency, or you are struggling to cope
Call NHS Central Access Point on 0116 295 3060 which is a local alternative to NHS 111 for urgent mental health needs during the COVID-19 pandemic
Listening and Support Services
Samaritans – call 116 123: A freephone listening service providing support and comfort in times of distres
Call Turning Point Crisis House on 0808 800 3302 or go to the website here. Turning Point is a local service offering open access telephone support sessions and emotional support to those aged 18+
Let's Talk Wellbeing – alocal NHS service providing talking therapy for mild to moderate mental health concerns, including stress, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD and more. click here to self-refer to the Leicester(shire) and Rutland service.
SANEline – call 0300 304 7000 or visit www.sane.org.uk/ for advice and support for those experiencing a mental health problem or supporting someone who is.
Life Links – call 0800 0234 575 or go to www.rflifelinks.co.uk/ to find out more about the local charity offering a listening service, focusing on practical coping solutions for low mood and anxiety.
LAMP (Leicestershire Action for Mental Health Project) – call 0116 255 6286 or go to https://www.lampadvocacy.co.uk/ a local charity providing mental health support and advocacy to all.
PAPYRUS – call 0800 068 4141 or go to www.papyrus-uk.org/
The UK charity for the prevention of young suicide.
Contact HOPELINE UK on 0800 068 4141 if you, or a young person you know, needs confidential suicide prevention advice
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) – call 0800 58 58 58 or go to www.thecalmzone.net/ for accredited, confidential, anonymous support for men anywhere in the UK through the helpline and webchat service
Switch Board – call 0300 330 0630 or go to https://switchboard.lgbt/ for a one-stop LGBT+ listening service via phone, email and instant messaging
The Mix – call 0808 808 4994 or go to www.themix.org.uk/ for a friendly support service offering telephone and instant messaging support to anyone under 25
Silver Line – call 0800 4 70 80 90 Support for over-55s
Tomorrow Project – www.tomorrowproject.org.uk/ or self-refer by asking for support on 07784 389 802. A specialist suicide bereavement support for people living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. For more information email Bereavement.firstname.lastname@example.org
NHS Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS) is a dedicated service for Veterans with Mental Health Conditions and is the way into Specialist Services in LLR - call on 0300 3230137 for more information and support.
For any other concern about your health you may have, please contact your GP for advice. Your GP is always available to help you.
Self-help: 5 Ways to Wellbeing
The 5 Ways to Wellbeing are a great place to start to support us in keeping mentally and physically well. The 5 Ways are daily acts that can benefit our mental health and wellbeing, we can all adapt them to our circumstances, even those of us who may be self-isolating.
The Five Ways are Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Learn, and Give. Read on for tips on how to support your mental health using this method.
Connecting is all about developing and nurturing our social relationships. Having a strong support network can help you through difficult times in life and can combat feelings of loneliness or isolation. In times like this, where we may be isolated for long periods of time, it is important for us to stay connected to friends and family. One example could be:
- Making the most of technology - video chat apps like Skype and FaceTime are a great way of staying in touch with friends, family, colleagues, particularly if you live far apart. Try to do this regularly.
Being active is a way of finding physical activity that we enjoy. Incorporating physical activity into our day to the best of our ability is an excellent way of developing our mental wellbeing and can be something we can do to boost our mood even when self-isolating. Why not try:
- a free online home-exercise (e.g. Joe Wicks - The Body Coach)
Taking notice is reminding ourselves to look at the small things in life, which is proven to improve our mental wellbeing. This may feel like a difficult task if you are isolated, and have been for a long time; but here are some suggestions:
- Develop a mindfulness habit, which can be done through free mindfulness apps for your phone
- Being mindful in watching the news – if constant updates are making you feel more anxious, take time away from social media or TV.
Learning new things throughout our lives, no matter how old we are, is great for improving our self-esteem and keeping mentally sharp. We can do this through trying something completely new or trying to return to activities we once did and have always meant to pick back up again.
- Do a crossword puzzle, suzoku or play a challenging game
It is proven that people who volunteer their time in some way are much more likely to rate themselves as happy and feel more connected to their community. Now more than ever, acts of kindness can go a long way, in helping ourselves and others. Why not try:
- Help others that may not be able to visit the shops for groceries
Support for your young person:
The COVID-19 pandemic is an anxious time for everybody. In this unique, challenging situation, it is completely normal to feel low, anxious and isolated from time to time.
However, if you feel as if you're more anxious and struggling to cope with your feelings, please be reassured that there is help out there to support your mental health and wellbeing.
Please download the Children and Young People Resource Pack below for support for you or a young person you know.
Children and Young People Resource Pack (Zip Archive, 3.4 Mb)
- Childline a confidential line for children to call if they need help or advice about any topic: 0800 1111. You can also access 1-2-1 counselling here.
- Youth Helpline (13-20 year-olds), open everyday 10.00am - 10.00pm: 0330 606 1174. www.nopanic.org.uk
- Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families-www.annafreud.org
- Papyrus UK-For the prevention of young suicide. call on0800 0684141 or visit www.papyrus-uk.org
- Young Minds Charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people. www.youngminds.org.uk
- Kooth - Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people. https://www.kooth.com/
- Family Action - Supporting adult family members via telephone, text, email and web chat https://www.family-action.org.uk/what-we-do/children-families/familyline/
In the link below, you will find a handy illustrated guide for children on what Coronavirus is produced by Manuela Molina Cruz at Mind Heart.
I am Coronavirus - the children's guide (PDF, 1.5 Mb)
For comprehensive advice and guidance on current local service provision, please download the electronic booklet below. This details sources of support around some key themes such as Emotional well-being, physical well-being, Access to food, Housing related information and assured information on the Coronavirus. We will review the status of local services and make updates to this booklet when necessary.
Key Information booklet (Document, 1.5 Mb)
For reliable information:
For your wellbeing:
There are lots of websites available that have very useful tips on maintaining your wellbeing during this difficult time, here are a few we have chosen:
For talking to your children about Coronavirus: