Mental health support during the lockdown
Published: Thursday, April 30, 2020
A range of support services are available for people struggling with their mental health during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown.
Good Thinking is a digital mental wellbeing service. It is free for Londoners to access and provides support to those who feel anxious, sleep deprived, stressed or sad.
The site has recently been updated with specific resources to support mental health and wellbeing in response to coronavirus including:
- Advice guides aimed at healthcare workers, parents and carers and children and young people
- Personal stories (blogs and podcasts) – hear from other people experiences similar issues
- Useful links
Talk Wandsworth also provides confidential support for people experiencing mild mental health conditions such as anxiety, low mood and stress. During the lockdown it is is offering assessment and treatment via telephone and skype.
The Big White Wall is an online anonymous online community where you can access 24/7 support from each other and from trained professionals. It is free for Wandsworth residents to access.
Advice is also available on the NHS Every Mind Matters site. Get tips on coping with the worry of coronavirus, the stress of self-isolation and working from home and how to look after children and young people at this difficult time.
Specialist help is available for young people. See a map of local services and how to access them.
You can also visit the council website for advice on health and wellbeing during Coronavirus
Cllr Melanie Hampton, Wandsworth Council’s cabinet member for adult social care and health, said: “Many of us will experience mental health difficulties during our lives, and these extraordinary and challenging times can cause some people to really struggle. Please don’t suffer in silence - you are not alone and help is out there.”
If you have serious mental health issues, please contact your GP. If you have a mental health emergency, call the new emergency service at Springfield Hospital on 0800 020 8000.