As the Coronavirus pandemic continues, many have raised concerns about its impacts on their mental health.
The economic impacts and the direct health impacts from COVID-19 are not the only impacts of the pandemic – there are also impacts on mental health and there can be hidden harms which can be just as challenging (if not more challenging) for many people.
Below are listed some services available to support people with mental health concerns. This list is not exhaustive – for more links nationally and in your local area, or to find links to other support, visit the NHS website.
In an emergency, phone 999.
England & General Support Links
- Samaritans – phone free 24/7 on 116 123
- NHS Tips for Managing Mental Health during the Coronavirus pandemic – see nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters
- Shout – confidential 24/7 crisis text support available by texting “SHOUT” to 85258
People in Wales who are anxious about the impacts on their mental health of the country’s new lockdown measures can phone 0800 132 737 at any time day or night if they require mental health support.
Breathing Space is a free confidential phone and web-based service for people in Scotland. People in Scotland over the age of 16, feeling low, anxious or depressed can phone 0800 83 85 87 for information and advice.
People in Northern Ireland can phone Lifeline, a crisis response helpline available 24 hours a day on 0808 808 8000.
Remember, you are not alone. Somebody out there is ready to listen.