Coronavirus – Mental Health Advice & Support

Below are all the recent news items and advice features dedicated to mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak. There’s huge amounts of support out there. Please turn to the experts if you feel in need of help:

Mental Health support in Calderdale:

If you’re feeling concerned or overwhelmed by the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), it’s understandable. The list of organisations below to help you support your mental health and wellbeing. Please share this list with friends and family members of all ages. For information on domestic abuse, please see our page dedicated to the issue.

Calderdale NHS: A 24 hour mental health helpline (0800 183 0558) has been launched for anyone with a GP in Calderdale, Kirklees, Wakefield, Leeds & Barnsley.
The service will provide support, advice & signposting for people with  mental health conditions, learning disabilities and their carers.

OpenMinds Calderdale –
Whether you’re a young person, parent/carer or professional looking for information and advice about coronavirus, OpenMinds has dedicated support to help you. OpenMinds have great support tools for children and young people.

Healthy Minds Calderdale –
Healthy Minds is a Calderdale local mental health charity. They’re dedicated to providing support and offer a range of services to help you find what works for you to improve and maintain your emotional health and wellbeing. They also run their “Safespace” programme which provides evening and weekend mental health support.

Kooth –
Kooth is a free, safe anonymous online counselling and support service for children and young people aged 10 to 25. Young people can access Kooth’s counselling service and self-help resources, such as ’10 ways you can manage coronavirus panic.’

Unmasked Mental Health –
Unmasked provide a safe stable regulated platform, for users to communicate with each other, create bonds and friendships. Download the free app available on IOS and Android.

Andy’s Man Club – Twitter | Instagram: @andysmanclubuk – Facebook: /AndysManClub
Andy’s Man Club is a peer support group for men. They’re using their closed Facebook groups to keep in contact with members. Follow them on social media to find out how you can access support.

Every Mind Matters – have provided advice and tips on how to maintain your mental wellbeing whilst staying at home. This includes things you can do to maintain your mental wellbeing and how to deal with anxiety about the coronavirus outbreak.

Samaritans –
Samaritans have gathered some helpful resources if you’re worried about how COVID-19 is affecting the way you live during the outbreak. You can also call them free, day or night, 365 days a year on 116 123.

Lets Talk Loneliness: A campaign, initially launched last year, but now being ramped up during lockdown, is being supported by famous faces across social media. More information can be found at – See also – Six Tips To Tackle Loneliness

NHS Mental Health
NHS mental health services 01924 316830 (open 24 hrs a day)

Domestic Abuse Supportsee separate section

More Mental Health links and organisations

Safeguarding & Child-Abuse Support

  • Childline is a national helpline for children and young people up to 19 years of age. Call freephone 0800 1111 (available 24 hours a day).
  • Abuse and Neglect: Safeguarding risks such as abuse and neglect may increase during isolation. If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police. They will continue to respond to emergency calls. If you are in danger and cannot talk on the phone, dial 999 and then press 55. This will transfer your call to the relevant police force who will assist you without you having to speak.
  • Refuge: Freephone 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247 – for women and children against domestic violence:
  • Domestic Abusesupport and advice

Latest Mental Health Support, News and Articles

  • Staying Well Telephone Befriending Service for adults in Calderdale
    The Staying Well Hub Team are reminding everyone you that they are still available to listen to your concerns and help you make sense of what is happening. Whatever you are dealing with, they would like to hear from you. Help is …
  • Healthy Minds: Service Update From Mental Health Charity
    Healthy Minds is the working name of Calderdale Wellbeing, a mental health charity based in Halifax, West Yorkshire – visit website here. Here’s the introduction to their latest newsletter, with a link to downloading …
  • Report: The Psychological Approaches To Tackling Loneliness
    The charity Campaign to End Loneliness has released a new report which it says is the first of its kind to look at how psychological approaches can help tackle loneliness. Not surprisingly, due to lockdown, more people than ever …
  • We are undefeatable – getting active! We Are Undefeatable is a campaign supporting people with health conditions to be active through the ups and downs, celebrating every little victory. Their website is full of great ideas on how to get …
  • Checking Your Alcohol Consumption
    Alcohol consumption during COVID-19 Many of us are drinking more alcohol during lockdown and this is understandable; however, it can be a health risk, contributing to an increase in weight and affecting your physical and mental …
  • Safeguarding Contacts in Calderdale
    Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and we should all be aware of the need to look out for each other, especially vulnerable adults and children. If you are concerned about a child please call MAST on 01422 393336. If you …
  • Mental Health Update – Help in Calderdale
    “INSIGHT Talking Therapies ( Calderdale ) has changed its name and is now called Vita Minds (Calderdale IAPT ) . Their contact number is 03330153494. Email  Website Don’t …
  • Staying Well Telephone Befriending Service for adults in Calderdale
    Sometimes just a brew and a chat would just do and the Staying Well Hub team have found a way to bring this simple yet vital service back. Although face to face may not be an option at the present, the new telephone befriending …
  • Support Options For Domestic Violence Victims
    Domestic Violence is an ongoing problem in society and the Coronavirus pandemic has produced a spike of cases as people are forced to spend more time than normal together in a situation where anxiety and depression are also …
  • Coronavirus Support for Children & Young People
    If you have children, grandchildren or other young people in your life who are worried about coronavirus, Open Minds Calderdale provides emotional health and wellbeing support that they might find helpful. The World Health …