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

  • Government Report: Coronavirus and the social impacts on disabled people Sept 2020
    This report looks at the social impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on disabled people in Great Britain. This release uses two waves of survey results covering 24 September to 4 October 2020 and includes indicators …
  • Calderdale Domestic Abuse Support
    If you are affected by any aspect of Domestic Abuse, Calderdale Staying Safe team can help. They provide free, confidential advice for anyone over 16 who lives in Calderdale and they also help put you in touch with relevant …
  • Mental Health Fitness For Men Of Calderdale
    The Great Minds project; a partnership between West Yorkshire & Harrogate Integrated Care System (ICS) and State of Mind Sport, will look to deliver initial sessions for Men of Calderdale online that will include sessions …
  • Mental Health Apps – Not Just For the Young!
    Did you know that there are some 600 approved mental health apps available on prescription. In the past six months, prescriptions for such apps have increased by 6,500 per cent. Now, hundreds of people a day are downloading a …
  • Mental Health – Support & Advice
    Spending time in your home can make you feel isolated and lonely, and this affects our emotional health and wellbeing. It is normal to experience low mood, anxiety or stress but there are things that can help. Calderdale NHS have …
  • Free “Healthy Minds” Online Workshop: Social Anxiety
    Healthy Minds have developed a number of workshops, to help you develop skills and resources to support your emotional wellbeing through these difficult times. Their next workshop is ‘Social Anxiety’ which takes place on Tuesday …
  • Grief and loss support service
    West Yorkshire and Harrogate NHS Health and Care Partnership are offering a grief and loss support service – here are the details: Experiencing grief and loss? We offer free help and support, however you need it 0808 196 …
  • 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 …