How can I look after my mental health and wellbeing?
It’s essential that we look after our mental health as well as our physical health as best we can. There is no getting away from the fact that this is an incredibly challenging time and we are all doing our best to slowly adjust to new ways of working and living.
It can feel overwhelming at points, and fears, anxieties and frustrations may feel heightened. Alongside this we may be using coping strategies that aren’t the healthiest or struggling with anxiety, depression, loneliness or grief. Try and be kind and gentle to yourself, this is unlike anything we have ever experienced before, but if you are struggling, or want to talk to someone there are lots of people who can help and who want to support you.
If you are experiencing a crisis or want to talk someone urgently about how you’re feeling you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 (24/7) or text SHOUT to 85258 (24/7). In an emergency, please call 999.
In Sheffield, you can also call the Single Point of Access (SPA) mental health line on 0114 226 3636 (24/7).
GP services are still running (albeit online or via the telephone) so please book an appointment with your GP if you are struggling or need support.
If you are a frontline worker:
NHS England have a helpline for NHS staff to help support their mental health and wellbeing. The service is designed to support NHS staff with a wide range of issues that they might face, including practical and financial advice through to specialist bereavement and psychological support.. Call 0300 131 7000 (7am-11pm) or for the 24/7 text helpline text FRONTLINE to 85258
If you work for an agency such as the police, ambulance service, local authority or other similar organisation and require urgent mental health support you can call 24/7: 0114 226 3797
Our Frontline is a new online service for frontline workers offering round the clock 1:1 support as well as resources, tips and ideas to look after your mental health.
If you are a child or young person, or worried about a child or young person:
Childline – You can call 0800 1111 to speak to a counsellor from 9pm-Midnight every night. You can also have a 1-1 online chat but will not be able to join the virtual queue for this after 10.30pm.
SHOUT are continuing to run their service 24/7 text service for anybody in crisis. If you are under 18 text YM to 85258
Sheffield Futures Crisis Support:
If you’re worried about a child, even if you’re unsure, contact NSPCC’s professional counsellors for help, advice and support. Call, 0808 800 5000 or email email@example.com.
If you require signposting support, don’t know who to talk to or where to find the help you or someone you know might need please visit the Sheffield Mental Health Guide. They are co-ordinating the most up to date information about what services are available and where to get help. They are also providing information about specific COVID-19 support. You can visit their website, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0114 273 7009 (Mon – Fri 9am -5pm)