The effects of the current COVID-19 pandemic have meant that must of us are spending the vast majority of time indoors for an indeterminate period. However, as we isolate ourselves and exercise social-distancing from others when we head to the shops for necessities, it’s vital we don’t allow Covid-19 to burden our mental health with excessive worry, fear and anxiety.
For urgent help and support:
LIFELINE: 0808 808 8000
Samaritains: 116 123
GP Out of Hours (Dalriada): 028 2566 3500
GP Out of Hours (Southern Area): 028 3839 9201
Here are some resources that will give you advice and support on protecting your mental health and wellbeing at this time.
Based on the Take 5 steps to wellbeing, this leaflet offers tips on supporting your mental and emotional wellbeing while staying at home during the current coronavirus outbreak. They also have advice on safer drinking to protect both your mental and physical health when staying at home.
The Gov.uk web site has advice and information on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak, and guidance for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people at this time.
NI Direct also have a central resouce with advice and guidance on the importance of and how to look after your mental health at this time.
Action Mental Health have a number of articles on how to look after your mental health and well being.
AWARE are taking steps to adapt their support services in line with the current social restrictions. Additionally, they have created this page of resources for you to use to help you get through these difficult times.
This page from MIND gives practical advice for staying at home, taking care of your mental health and well-being and a checklist for staying at home.
PIPS Hope and Support are offering both telephone counselling and web-based video calls via ZOOM at present. Telephone: 028 3026 6195.
The Southern Trust have released access to their U-Matter website and associated health and well-being resources to all for a period of time, and it includes a wide range of resources on staying at home, family, financial and mental health during COVID-19.
Parenting NI have created lots of new online resources for parents during the pandemic, with information which you may find useful at this time. There's also some more information on their social media pages too, including daily tips!
Deafblind UK has launched a new wellbeing and emotional support service to provide in depth assistance to people with sight and hearing loss.
The new service is free of charge and will enable people who are deafblind to talk to someone who is trained and experienced in Deafblind awareness, active listening, call handling, communication support, safeguarding, signposting, suicide and mental health issues. The service will be available via telephone, email, text, text relay, Skype and FaceTime.
The new wellbeing service can be accessed in the following ways:
Tel: 0800 132320
Text: 07950 008870
Text relay: Text relay: 18001 then 0800 132320
Facetime: email@example.com (Not BSL)
For general advice, support and contact details of organisations that can help with mental health and wellbeing, you can visit: