Many of us are feeling worried or stressed about how coronavirus could affect our lives, as well as our loved ones.
We may now be having to spend more time at home, perhaps isolated from the friends, family and other relationships that we know are vital to keeping ourselves mentally healthy. It may also be harder for us to do the things that normally help keep us well.
There are things we can do to look after our mental wellbeing during this time. On this page, we are gathering the information, links and resources that we can, to help keep you informed and protect your mental health.
Dial 999 if you have seriously harmed yourself.
Looking after your mental health whilst protecting yourself from Covid-19
How to find information for if you feel you need a little extra support
If you need urgent help as you are in mental health distress, then there is always someone you can call.
Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust is providing help though their newly launched Mental Health Urgent Response Line which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 0800 953 0110. It is staffed by trained mental health professionals who are able to provide assessment and referrals to appropriate services – ring it if you need to access services or for advice about someone who needs treatment/support.
They also have a Mental Health and Wellbeing Helpline, staffed by volunteers and those with lived experience, that offers emotional support – ring if you want to chat about your mental health or are lonely etc. It can be contacted on 0800 915 4640 or by texting ‘Hello’ to 07860 022846.
If you are currently using their services and need need to contact them you can find out how here
Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria
You can find details of more organisations who can help with additional support in a range of methods and specific circumstances by visiting the Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria website alternatively you can down load a PDF version of the list here.
Mental Health for Young People
There are a number of services that can be used to support young people's mental health across Morecambe Bay.
provides support for children and young people 10 - 16 years old (age 18 and under in South Cumbria). Kooth is an online mental wellbeing community, providing free, safe and anonymous support.
Big White Wall
has also been commissioned across Lancashire and South Cumbria for young people aged over 16 years. Big White Wall (BWW) provides safe anonymous online support 24/7, and is now free for all residents in Morecambe Bay.