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 – http://openmindscalderdale.org.uk/
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 – http://healthymindscalderdale.co.uk/
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 – https://kooth.com/
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 – https://unmaskedmentalhealth.co.uk/
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 – https://nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
nhs.uk 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 – http://samaritans.org/
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 https://letstalkloneliness.co.uk/ – 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: https://www.refuge.org.uk/
  • Domestic Abusesupport and advice

Latest Mental Health Support, News and Articles

  • 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 …
  • Report: Covid-19 and the nation’s mental health
    Covid-19 and the nation’s mental health Forecasting needs and risks in the UK: This is a new report from the Centre for Mental Health, authored by Dr Graham Durcan, Nick O’Shea and Louis Allwood You can read the full report …
  • COVID-19 Health & Wellbeing Resources for Families
    Healthy Futures Calderdale have produced a really useful document full of COVID-19 health and wellbeing resources for families Helping children and young people cope with the information and changes related to the Coronavirus can …
  • Government launches plan to tackle loneliness during lockdown
    The Government has launched a major effort to tackle loneliness and social isolation during the coronavirus outbreak and period of social distancing. Below are the headline details of the new programme: New public campaign …
  • Loneliness – Six Simple Tips To Help
    Here are three simple actions for anyone feeling lonely and three actions for people wanting to help If you are lonely you can: Keep in touch with friends, family and neighbours Ask for help if you need shopping, medicine or are …
  • Explaining COVID-19 to Children – Free E-Book
    Independent children’s publishing company Nosy Crow has released a free e-book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Axel Sheffler, who also illustrated ‘The Gruffalo’. You can download it HERE. Share …
  • Meditation – Where to find guided meditations online
    Meditation can be a very effective way to deal with stress and anxiety and many people are turning to it to help them cope with Lockdown and the broader concerns of the Coronavirus outbreak. Meditation website Insight Timer has …
  • Help for those dealing with difficult emotions due to coronavirus
    A new free digital mental health treatment programme for adults has been developed. The programme is provided by Silvercloud Health and includes a newly developed ‘Space from Covid 19’ module which has been designed by experts to …
  • Macular Society Befrienders System
    Despite the Macular Society’s face to face services and support group meetings having been suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak, they still have an army of volunteer telephone befrienders. To sign up as a volunteer …