This week there is a big spotlight on how to support Mental Health and this is especially important during the current Coronavirus pandemic but there is lots of support in Shropshire you can access if needed.
More people are becoming anxious about what restrictions and the lifting of these might mean for them and their family, this is completely understandable and knowing what services can be accessed could help some alleviate some concerns.
Below is a list of professionals and Charity's accessible in Shropshire :
- Shropshire MIND: Call 01743 368647 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Wide range of support and services for people and their families affected by mental and emotional distress Calm Café accessible by appointment on the above number in the evening for anyone needing to talk or at imminent risk of a mental health crisis who need a safe environment to receive support (upstairs at Shropshire MIND, Shrewsbury 6 10pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) Shropshire Sanctuary open overnight for anyone with a mental health crisis – please note access is by referral only
- Samaritans: Call 116 123 Confidential listening and a safe place to talk about whatever is getting to you If you are feeling distressed or are concerned about someone else
- Shout! Crisis text line: Text 85258 A free 24/7 text service for anyone worried about their mental health available at any time, any place and need immediate help
- Young Minds Parents Hotline: 0808 8025544 (9.30am – 4.00pm) Free, confidential online and telephone support including information and advice to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Shropshire Council Helpline for non-health related queries. Open 8am to 6pm weekdays, 9am to 1pm Saturdays: Call 0345 678 9028. For all health related queries please contact NHS 111 online service : https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19
- Kooth: free safe and anonymous online support for young people: www.kooth.com
- Childline: A listening and support emotional health and we
Mental Health Foundation also has some great resources to support you, your family and your friends and reading some of these tips and advice can really support you and help build a resilient community and county - https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week
One thing that we have seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing in uncertain times.
We have learnt that amid the fear, there is also community, support and hope.
The added benefit of helping others is that it is good for our own mental health and wellbeing. It can help reduce stress and improve your emotional wellbeing." (www.mentalhealth.org.uk)
If you have any stories of kindness we would love to hear them!