Mental Health Resources

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.

Key sections:

Mental Health Topics A-Z

Prevention and Mental Health

Looking After Your Mental Health During The Coronavirus Outbreak

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.

Key Sections:

Understanding Mental Health Problems

Being There For Someone

Self-help and Wellbeing

Main website: www.samh.org.uk

Mind

Providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Mind campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

Key Sections:

Types Of Mental Health Problems

Helplines

For Young People

Coronavirus and Your Wellbeing

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

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.

Key sections:

Signs You May Be Struggling To Cope

If You’re Worried About Someone Else

Main website: https://www.samaritans.org

Free phone: 116 123 any time, day or night

Email: jo@samaritcans.org (response time 24 hours)

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Young Minds

Leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.

Key sections:

Resources

Coronavirus and Mental Health

Main website: https://youngminds.org.uk

NHS

National Health Service

Mood Self-assessment

Mental Wellbeing Audio Guides

Main website: www.nhsinform.scot

Calm

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.

Key sections:

Get Support

Worried About Someone?

Find Help on Specific Issues

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)

Sane

Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers. 

Key sections:

Resources

Peer Support Forum

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

Anxiety UK

Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.

Key sections:

Anxiety Conditions/What Is Anxiety?

Get Help

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

No Panic

Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD.

Key sections:

Resources

Coping Tips During COVID-19

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

Rethink

Support and advice for people living with mental illness.

Key sections:

About Mental Illness

COVID-19 Support

Main website: www.rethink.org

Tel: 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)