Wellbeing resources for adults
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak means that life is changing for all of us for a while. It may cause you to feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, lonely or frustrated.
It's important to remember it is OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently. Remember, this situation is temporary and, for most of us, these difficult feelings will pass.
There are some simple things you can do to help you take care of your mental health and wellbeing during times of uncertainty. Doing so will help you think clearly, and make sure you are able to look after yourself and those you care about.
We have put together a list of recommended websites and resources that may help you during this time.
- The NHS Every Mind Matters website has a dedicated page about how the Coronavirus outbreak may affect your mental wellbeing, It gives some great tips and advice on things you can do to look after you mental wellbeing.
- Mind is a mental health charity. They have created an information hub on their website with lots of useful advice and information including dealing with stress, loneliness, anxiety and grief.
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Helplines and support groups
Whether you're concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines and support groups can offer expert advice.
- Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
- Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 10pm; Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 8pm)
- Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk
- A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.
- Website: www.bipolaruk.org.uk
- CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.
- Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)
- Website: www.thecalmzone.net
Men's Health Forum
- 24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.
- Website: www.menshealthforum.org.uk
Mental Health Foundation
- Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.
- Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk
- Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
- Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)
- Website: www.mind.org.uk
- Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD.
- Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider's Access Charge
- Website: www.nopanic.org.uk
- Support for people with OCD. Includes information on treatment and online resources.
- Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider's Access Charge
- Website: www.ocdaction.org.uk
- A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments.
- Phone: 0333 212 7890 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
- Website: www.ocduk.org
- Young suicide prevention society.
- Phone: HOPELINEUK 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 10pm, and 2pm to 10pm on weekends and bank holidays)
- Website: www.papyrus-uk.org
Rethink Mental Illness
- Support and advice for people living with mental illness.
- Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)
- Website: www.rethink.org
- Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
- Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
- Website: www.samaritans.org.uk
- Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers.
- SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30pm to 10.30pm)
- Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most: www.sane.org.uk/textcare
- Peer support forum: www.sane.org.uk/supportforum
- Website: www.sane.org.uk/support
- Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.
- Phone: Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)
- Website: www.youngminds.org.uk