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Coronavirus: mental health support

We're still here to help

The way we support people with mental health needs is changing to reflect the latest government coronavirus safety guidelines

Coronavirus may cause you to feel anxious or isolated, even more so if you already struggle with your mental health.

We are here to help you, as always.

All our services are still running, but the way they operate has changed to reflect the latest government coronavirus safety guidelines.

We are still working with people who are struggling with their mental health.

Staff will support you over the phone or via Skype (or a similar means of communication) instead of meeting face-to-face. If your support worker is unable to do this because they are ill, another member of the team will support you.

Our mental health services

Live Well Kent

Live Well Kent continues to support people aged 17+ across Kent with their mental health and wellbeing.

Staff will support you over the phone or online instead of meeting face-to-face. Some of our services are using online chat forums so that we can deliver one-to-one and group support.

We know that feeling connected with others important for people’s mental health, so we are trying different ways to help you keep in touch with our staff and each other.

We also know that the very real pressures of everyday life will continue and may feel even more difficult at the moment, impact ting on your mental health. We'll continue to provide help around money worries, housing and work, as well as other stresses.

We are working very closely with other local organisations, meaning we'll have the most up-to-date information about resources that might help you where you live.

You can get support from Live Well Kent by calling us on 0800 567 7699 or visiting the Live Well Kent website.

Aspirations

Our Aspirations service is still here to help isolated and vulnerable people.

We know support to improve people's mental health and wellbeing is needed now more than ever. We are continuing to offer this support, but it is now happening via telephone and video calls instead of face-to-face.

You can get support from our Aspirations service by calling us on 0333 880 2730 or visiting the Aspirations web page.

More advice and support

Follow the latest NHS advice: the NHS has a guide to looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

Mind - mental health advice: the charity Mind also has advice about looking after your mental health.

Rethink - mental health advice: the charity Rethink has advice about managing your mental health in this difficult time.

Kent county council - mental health advice: advice on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing.

Keep in touch with friends and family: although we're temporarily unable to leave our homes, video calls or phone calls are a great way to keep in touch with people who care about you. If you are feeling worried or anxious, discuss your fears with them. Talking can help you feel less alone.

Get outside and keep fit: if you live near an open space, go can go out for one walk or run a day (remembering to keep away from others). If you can’t leave the house, the NHS has exercises you can do indoors. Exercising will improve your mood and help you feel calmer.

Eat well and get enough sleep: regular healthy meals and getting enough sleep can improve your mood and help you think more clearly. Aim to eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables a day, drink lots of water and try to stay away from alcohol. The NHS has tips about eating well on a low budget.

Take care with news updates: it is good to keep informed with what is happening, but checking in regularly throughout the day can cause extra stress and anxiety. Limit yourself to checking the news once or twice a day.

If you are in emotional distress and need urgent support, please contact:


Samaritans 24/7 helpline - 116 123 (free)
Saneline helpline – 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm – 10.30pm)
Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (referral line for NHS mental health services) - 0300 222 0123
Mental Health Matters 24/7 helpline – 0800 107 0160
Release the Pressure - text the word KENT to 85258 or call 0800 107 0160