Support Services during Covid-19
if you want to talk, we want to listen
9am – MidNIGHT MONDAY – SUNDAYThere is no doubt we are all facing different, and challenging times in our lives whilst we learn to live in a different way with Covid 19. We realise that for many with fragile mental health, and those now developing poor mental health, the news they see or hear can create or heighten anxiety, induce or increase depression and feelings of suicide and make us all feel extremely isolated and fearful. It’s important to remember that much fantastic work is being done by scientists around the world to find ways to combat Coronavirus. Our Doctors and Nurses are tirelessly caring for those in hospital and let’s not forget, people DO recover. We must remember that whilst it is frightening, we are not without hope. So how do we keep ourselves mentally well and stable during this period? What resources and support groups are available throughout this time to offer the support you need, ideally when you need it? We have put together a list of service providers in the Warwickshire area (where we are based) whose aim is to continue working, for you, supporting your emotional wellbeing, wherever possible, now and in the future. Our sincere thanks to Jane Holdsworth at Warwickshire CAVA for circulating our request for information email to all providers on their list and to those who have responded so positively, so quickly. This list will be added to on a regular basis, so please do keep checking back. If there’s a support service you’re aware of that is continuing to operate, then email us and let us know and tell them about us so we can get them listed. The more information we have, the more access to relevant and suitable resources we can provide you with. Please note, we are happy to list national as well as local services.
Free, confidential, one to one online chat 2-6pm every day via our website for anyone who wants to talk
Free, confidential, one to one online chat 1-2 every day for men only to mirror our #MENINMIND campaign
Standard Rate phone calls (please check with your provider) to our new Listening Line, operating noon til 7pm Monday to Friday.
Save our number 0300 1020 505
PLANNED services: We hope to be able to offer ZOOM one to ones for the public in the near future.
Please email us with requests or questions.
The Samaritans – Stratford Upon Avon Samaritans: 116 123The Samaritans have had to stop their drop in service but volunteers are continuing to staff our 24 hour freephone and email service although there may be a slight wait to get through at peak demand – particularly 10pm-2am. Lifeways Natural Health Charity
Lifeways is one of the UK’s leading providers of support services for people with diverse and often complex needs in community settings.Through our national network, we provide choice support options which includes: Supported living Community support Residential, high complex care Short breaks and respite Transitional support for young adults Lifeways is aiming to stay open for as long as possible during the current crisis. Our therapists are all self-employed, but many are electing to continue working at our premises as we have such stringent safety protocols in place. For general enquiries Tel: 0207 202 6300 Email:
Parents In Mind – Coventry and WarwickshireParents in Mind is available in Coventry, Leamington, Stratford, Nuneaton and Rugby. If you are feeling low, anxious, disinterested in your usual activities and are pregnant or within a year of giving birth, then our friendly, welcoming support may be for you. Our trained, female peer supporters can offer time and support through the Parents in Mind groups running in the local area. A welcome, friendly, safe space is available to meet others going through similar experiences, seek information, talk things through, or simply relax. Babies and toddlers welcome. Attendance is by referral and this can be done by you, or through a health professionals such as your midwife, health visitor, GP, family nurse. To refer yourself or someone else, or to find out more please contact Sarah on 07885 975261 or via email on " target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">. NCT, 30 Euston Square, London NW1 2FB www.nct.org.uk Support Line: 0300 330 0700 Registered charity in England and Wales: 801395 and Scotland: SC041592 Our vision is of a world in which no parent is isolated and all parents are supported to build a strong society
Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership Trust including ‘It Takes Balls To Talk’Our advice would be for residents of Coventry & Warwickshire to call the 24hrs Mental Health Matters Helpline 0800 616171 trained advisors to support people through crisis situations. On line we have The Staying Alive App free for Cov & Wark residents to download this provides prompters for reasons for living and emergency contacts for local services. The Big White Wall – Again online but this is for individual to talk on line talking anonymously, we know that this is popular with men who may struggle with talking to others. IAPT – Improved Access to Psychological Therapies – A NHS service self-referral for anxiety and depression, using Cognitive Behavioural Therapies Techniques. CBT online differing approaches can be found as not one size fits all. The Recovery Academy who have run courses dealing with emotions / stress depression etc are seeking to move courses to an online portal, they have a prospectus online describing what they did until the Covid 19 crisis hit. It Takes Balls To Talk – we will be seeking to do more on line in the near future .We have links on our website to the CALM Helpline which is open from 5pm till midnight 7 days a week and is both on phone 0800 585858 and online via their website , this service directed at men or anyone who needs to talk about problems.
Props Mental Health & 6ft from the SpotlightProps at the moment is run by myself, predominately for those in the acting industry, but everyone needs help and support. We operate on social media and offer general chat / supportNetwork / Facilitate Suicide Safe Talk, Suicide Intervention, and Mental Health First Aid Laura, who runs Props, has personal experience of fragile mental health and found that online chat was a great coping mechanism for her to help escape her isolation. This is how Props evolved in December 2018. Props have amalgamated with 6ft from the Spotlight and Leo Thomas. Effectively, they do the same work but with a focus on crews of film / tv / theatre and casts of films. They are an emotional health and wellbeing Charity. Contact Props Mental Health via Twitter by clicking HERE and 6ft from the Spotlight via their website by clicking HERE .
Mental Health MattersMHM Safe Havens continue to operate although we are only able to provide telephone, text and email support at this time, and cannot provide face to face sessions until further notice. People can access this support from the following contact methods during our opening times (6pm-11pm);
- Nuneaton 07887 627 524
- Leamington 07483 991 763
- Coventry 07921 876 065, or 07850 901 146, or 07525 990 764.