Below are sources of support and advice around loneliness, social isolation and mental health.
Funding to support groups responding to the needs of communities affected by the covid-19 pandemic: https://londoncommunityresponsefund.org.uk/
Looking after your mental health and managing isolation during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
NHS Every Mind Matters: covid 19 and staying at home tips
Anxiety UK: covid 19 anxiety support and resources
The MARCH Network have put together a resource pack for creative activities that are available online: https://www.marchnetwork.org/creative-isolation
Are you interested in taking part in research relating to the coronavirus and mental health/wellbeing and isolation?
Here is a list of studies taking place:
MARCH network: COVID 19 Social Study https://redcap.idhs.ucl.ac.uk/surveys/?s=TTXKND8JMK
SMARTEN: COVID 19 Impact on Researchers https://www.smarten.org.uk/covid-19-study.html
RAMP study: The Repeated Assessment of Mental health in Pandemics (RAMP) study is a research project assessing the effect of COVID-19 on the mental health and wellbeing of the population. https://kcliop.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0DrSSOISyMOqN5r
Swinburne University: Survey of Health and wellbeing: monitoring the impact of OCVID-19: https://swinuw.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_71JhtkOTFFLwE73
During difficult times you might want to get support, especially out of hours. Here are some organisations people said they spoke to:
National Telephone number 116 123 – Freephone and open 24 hours a day
SANEline telephone 0300 304 7000 opening times 4.30pm – 10.30pm daily
Infoline: 03444 775 774, Mon-Fri 9:30am - 5.30pm
They provide information on a range of topics including:
- types of mental health problems
- where to get help
- medication and alternative treatments
Contact them via phone: 0300 123 3393. Our lines are open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Text: 86463
LGBT Foundation (formerly known as The Lesbian & Gay Foundation)
Their guide covers MH and other health areas for LGBT community.
Help for young people
The Beat Youthline is open to anyone under 18.
Help for adults
The Beat Adult Helpline is open to anyone over 18. Parents, teachers or any concerned adults should call the adult helpline.