COVID-19

MENTAL HEALTH WELL-BEING

Below is a list of organisations that can provide support with anxiety and mental health well-being that we hope you may find helpful.  We have included telephone numbers that may prove useful, and links to a video clip of Stephen Fry giving his advice about coping with anxiety at this time (from the BBC aired on Sunday 23rd March 2020) and three different relaxation scripts by Rob McGinley, who is one of the North East’s most prominent qualified trainers in counselling.

There is also a useful app you can download to on your phone called Headspace which gives you many mindfulness tips and other relaxation techniques.  There is a charge for this app so please check cost before installing this app on your phone.   This is the website address, and you can trial this for free.

https://www.headspace.com/headspace-meditation-app

USEFUL LINKS

Healthwatch Service Changes Information Hub –  Information about the changes in the NHS, social care and community services, including mental health services.

Mental Health Foundation – Information from the Mental Health Foundation about looking after your mental health.

MIND – Help and support from the MIND organization about caring for your mental health.

NHS Every Mind Matters – Anxiety explain, hints and tips on how to deal with anxiety.

Wellbeing and Mental Health during COVID 19 – This link will take you to a very supportive booklet giving both advice and practical steps to look after yourself and others produced by NHS Every Mind Matters.

North East and North Cumbria Suicide Prevention Network – Support for anyone effected by suicide and / or self-harm.

Stephen Fry on managing anxiety – This is a link to the video by Stephen Fry when he spoke to Andrew Mar on Sunday 22nd March about dealing with anxiety and stress whilst self-isolating during the COVID – 19 pandemic.

Rob McGinley Relaxation Script 1– This is a relaxation script with guided imagery that will help you to take time out and to release tension.

Rob McGinley Relaxation Script 2 – This is the second script from Rob McGinley that will give you the opportunity to find a space and take time out.

Rob McGuinley An exercise to help release your emotional pain – We are pleased to include a third script from Rob to add to his emotional relaxation support

Keeping physical –  Open this link to see information from the NHS about keeping active.

YOUNG PEOPLE SUPPORT

Kooth – A free, anonymous online space for young people.

Childline – Support and advice for young people

USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS

North Tyneside Adult Social Services: Tel 0191 643 2777

Newcastle Adult Social Services:  Tel 0191 278 8377

Samaritans: Tel 116 123

Dreamshine helpline: Tel 0300 3658554) for anyone feeling overwhelmed, lonely, anxious, nervous or just needing a good old chat

USEFUL LINKS

NHS advice about the Coronavirus

NHS on-line symptom checker

On-line updates from the Government