During a time of national lockdown and isolation, many people may be finding restrictions and bad news headlines are taking a toll on their mental health. Support is available from many quarters.
We have compiled a list of websites below, which represent organisations that offer some form of online or telephone support and advice in the event of an emergency. They all offer a wide variety of resources to support good mental health and resilience for all ages.
Childline App: For Me offers instant access to a Childline trained support worker / counsellor: https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/for-me/
Every Mind Matters (NHS) all ages – a short quiz reveals appropriate resources and links to apps to support mental health: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
Forward Thinking Birmingham has a drop in service, Pause (0-25years), based at 21, Digbeth, Birmingham. Please check that they are open before attending. Their website also has a large bank of resources and a referral facility: www.forwardthinkingbirmingham.org.uk
Kooth: online chat facility and resources for young people: https://www.kooth.com/
Loudmouth Theatre in Education have compiled a bank of resources of local and online services where you can access support for young people: https://loudmouth.co.uk/young-people/category/2
Mind: mental health support charity for all ages: http://www.mind.org.uk/
Open Door Counselling: free youth counselling (13-25years) and pay for 25+ for those registered with Birmingham based GPs: http://www.opendooryouthcounselling.org.uk/
Papyrus: prevention of young suicide – support for those thinking of suicide and advice and guidance if you are worried about someone else https://www.papyrus-uk.org/
Relate: relationship support for all ages: live chat, telephone and web based counselling for all ages & a host of other resources: https://www.relate.org.uk/
Samaritans: phone based support: https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/talk-us-phone/
Youngminds: mental health support, contact and resources for young people: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/get-urgent-help/
6 January 2021