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Need support? Our COVID-19 community response helpline is open 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week for people in vital need of food and essential household items. Phone 0300 123 7052.

*new* 19 May 2020: 
-  Help available from Mental Health at Work

Government Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19)
Advice from the NHS on mental wellbeing while staying at home
Mental health helplines

Need urgent help?

If you are struggling to cope or feel yourself nearing a breakdown, Access Mental Health is here to provide help. Mental health professionals and peer support workers are on hand to help you avoid a crisis and find the path to recovery. Please call the 24/7 Connection phone line on 0300 123 5440 and you will be signposted to the right service for the support you need. 

New online support groups available

Dorset Mind has a timetable of online support groups for local people who need help with their mental health. There are no waiting times and everyone is welcome. If you are interested in attending an online group, please email Dorset Mind and they will contact you directly and support you to log in to the group.

Support for 11-18-year-olds

Kooth offers free, safe and anonymous online support for young people Monday to Friday from 12noon to 10pm.

'Wellbeing: we're onside'

AFC Bournemouth and Dorset HealthCare have joined forces to kick off a 'Wellbeing: we're onside' campaign. They've got ideas to improve your well-being, including keeping active, feeding the family during lockdown, sleeping better and where to find professional help.

How to help others with their mental health

The NHS has some advice: 

Advice and support for parents and carers

Working from home with your kids for the first time and don't know how to manage? Are you finding it difficult to explain coronavirus to an anxious child? Do you need advice on dealing with tantrums? The NSPCC has advice and support for parents and carers.

Young Minds also has some advice about supporting your child during the coronavirus pandemic:

Helping children to stay safe online

Help keep children safe and ensure internet use is safe in these virtual spaces we are now using more and more. The Children's Society has published advice to help.

Worried about a colleague or employee or want to learn more about how your workplace can support staff's mental health?

Mental Health at Work can help you find the information and resources you need.

Information and advice is changing rapidly, and information contained on these pages was correct at time of publishing. However, if you discover anything has changed, please use the 'give feedback' button to let us know.

Page last updated: 03/06/2020 16:02
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