Infectious disease outbreaks, like the current Coronavirus (COVID-19), can be frightening and can affect our mental health. There are also many things we can do to support and manage our wellbeing during such times.
Below is a list of resources & organisation that may help you.
If you’re struggling, it’s important to tell someone.
Help and support is available right now if you need it. You do not have to struggle with difficult feelings alone.
Talk to someone you trust
Let family or friends know what’s going on for you. They may be able to offer support and help keep you safe.
There’s no right or wrong way to talk about suicidal feelings – starting the conversation is what’s important.
Who else you can talk to
Samaritans (more info below) – Call 116 123 any time free
If you find it difficult to talk to someone you know, you could: call a GP – ask for an emergency appointment
Call 111 out of hours – they will help you find the support and help you need
Contact your mental health crisis team – if you have one
Mental Health Foundation
Providing advice to help people understand, protect and sustain their mental health.
Main website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk
Scottish Association For Mental Health (SAMH)
Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity. Today, in over 60 communities they work with adults and young people providing mental health social care support, services in primary care, schools and further education, among others. These services together with their national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention and active living; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive social change.
Main website: www.samh.org.uk
Providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Mind campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
Main website: https://www.mind.org.uk
Infoline: 0300 123 3393 (Provides an information and signposting service. Open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).
Ask Mind about: mental health problems, where to get help near you, treatment options, advocacy services
Samaritans is a registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Main website: https://www.samaritans.org
Free phone: 116 123 any time, day or night
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (response time 24 hours)
Leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.
Main website: https://youngminds.org.uk
National Health Service
Main website: www.nhsinform.scot
The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK and the cause of 18 deaths every day.
Main website: www.thecalmzone.net
Helpline: 0800 58 58 58 (5pm – midnight 365 days)
Webchat: https://www.thecalmzone.net/help/webchat (5pm – midnight 365 days)
Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers.
Main website: www.sane.org.uk/support
SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30pm – 10.30pm)
Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most: www.sane.org.uk/textcare
Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
Main website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk
Tel: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 10pm; Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 8pm)
Text Service: 07537 416905
Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD.
Main website: www.nopanic.org.uk
Tel: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider’s Access Charge
Support and advice for people living with mental illness.
Main website: www.rethink.org
Tel: 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)