Looking after your mental health and wellbeing is always important, but the current circumstances present some additional challenges. The good news is there are lots of sources of information and help available to support you, or someone that you are worried about.

Many of the organisations detailed below have developed additional support which you can access during the current pandemic.

Let’s talk, telephone 0800 073 2200, offer conditions cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and support with mental health conditions. A wide range of self-help guides including support with bereavement, sleep, PTSD and other emotional problems are available on their website.

Qwell – Anyone over 18 in Gloucestershire can now access free anonymous counselling from qualified counsellors via an online chat-based platform. Chats can be accessed through a drop-in service or booked sessions; there is no referral needed from a health professional, no waiting lists, and no criteria to meet to get support.

Gloucestershire County Council has developed information to support you in looking after your wellbeing during this time.

Every Mind Matters – expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.

The NHS website provides information and details of how to get help with anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions.

Government advice and information on mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic

Mental Health Foundation – Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

Mind – Coronavirus and your wellbeing . Their usual Infoline service is available on 0300 123 3393

OCD UK – OCD and Coronavirus

If you or someone you know needs help in a mental health crisis, you can contact the Gloucestershire Crisis Teams or call 0800 169 0398. If there is an immediate danger to life, please dial 999 or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.

The Samaritans are available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.

You can also contact them by telephone: 116 123

Whilst the current pandemic will make life more difficult for most people, for people with dementia there are additional risks and challenges. Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust have developed additional resources to support those caring for a person with dementia. This includes links to other national support.

TIC+ provide face-to-face and online counselling services for young people, parents and families across Gloucestershire.

Kooth is an online support platform for 11 to 18 year olds, with free anonymous counselling, discussion boards, online journals, goal trackers, and self-help articles. The online platform is available 24 hours a day. Counselling available 12.00pm to 10.00pm Monday to Friday, and 6pm to 10pm at weekends.

Chat Health is for 11 to 19 year olds. It’s a confidential text messaging service for young people to get in touch with a healthcare professional for advice and support on physical and mental health issues. Text 07507 333351 – it’s available Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 4.30pm excluding bank holidays.

Young Minds – Coronavirus and Mental Health

On Your Mind Gloucestershire provides information and signposting to children and young people with mental health problems in Glouestershire.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS, formerly known as CYPS)

For general enquiries contact Acorn House on 01452 894300

CAMHS offers specialist mental health services for children and young people (and their families/carers) up to their 18th birthday who are experiencing moderate to severe mental health difficulties. Services are also provided for children and young people who have health issues related to a moderate to severe learning disability. In addition, CAMHS provides a range of options so children and young people can access early help, support and advice within their schools and local communities to help improve their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Gloucestershire Self-Harm Helpline: A safe, supportive, non-judgmental and informative service for people who self-harm, their friends, families and carers. Open every day 5pm – 10pm for webchat, phone and text support. Call 0808 816 0606 or text 07537 410 022.