Mental Health Awareness Week 2020
In conjunction with the nationwide initiative promoting mental health awareness, Rochester Diocese and St George’s Church have collated a list of resources available to help during this time. #kindnessmatters
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT – Coronavirus is affecting the way we live our lives and it’s natural that this uncertainty and change is also affecting our mental wellbeing: it’s more important than ever that we encourage each other to be socially connected. Talking about how we’re feeling can help put things into perspective and helps us feel more positive about the future. Try to reach out to people to talk and try to be there to listen to others.
Here are some resources to help look after our mental health and find support – Crisis support is at the bottom of the page:
• The Samaritans have a webpage of useful tips and resources including Breathing Exercises if you’re worried about your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak. They’re updating this on an ongoing basis.
• MIND Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself.
• NHS Every Mind Matters:
• NHS Mood self-assessment quiz and Mental Wellbeing audio guides are here:
• The National Autistic Society series of useful resources for autistic people and their families is here.
• Bromley Mencap Helpline supports disabled people and their families who may be feeling anxious and worried during these challenging times: Tel Mon -Fri 020 8466 0790 or Email support is available at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Bromley Mencap’s website here.
• Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a 24hr telephone line: 0800 804 8044
CRISIS SUPPORT: you are NEVER alone.
• Kent and Medway Community Safe Havens: one-to-one evening access to emotional support from trained mental health professionals for those feeling distressed, overwhelmed, or that things are too much, from 6pm-11pm:
• SHOUT helpline is a 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis: text Shout to 85258 to start free texting conversation with a trained crisis counsellor
• Kent and Medway Suicide Prevention Programme: Text the word Kent or Medway to 85258 or phone 0800 107 0160 24/7 to start a conversation with a highly trained and experienced volunteer.
The Samaritans Volunteers are available to talk day or night, 365 days a year for free on 116 123
OTHER SOURCES OF HELP:
The Church of England has provided the following details:
For situations of immediate danger: Call 999 and ask for the police.
Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247
LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428
Victim Support: 0808 1689 111
UK Helpline for ‘honour’ based abuse and forced marriage: 0800 5999 247
If you are worried about harming the ones you love, Respect Phoneline: 0808 802 4040