Mental health affects all of us at some point in our lives but there are plenty of sources of advice support and information.
If you need help for a mental health crisis, emergency or breakdown, you should get immediate expert advice from a doctor. Support is still available, even during the pandemic. Find out where to get help in a mental health crisis on the NHS website.
Age UK Your Mind Matters
Some people think that being low or down is just a sign of old age, but it’s not. It’s been a difficult year so if you know an older person who is struggling to cope, and feeling like it’s all too much, then read the Age UK Your Mind Matters Guide.
Covid-19 and Mental Health and Wellbeing
Covid-19 is having an impact on everyone’s daily lives, as the government takes necessary steps to manage the outbreak, reduce transmission and treat those who need medical attention.
During this time, you may be bored, frustrated or lonely. It’s important that you take care of your mind as well as your body. This guidance explains the practical steps which may help maintain positive mental health and well-being during the pandemic.
Every Mind Matters
Every Mind Matters can help you to manage and maintain your mental health, as good mental health makes such a difference. Every Mind Matters gives you simple and practical advice to get a healthier mind and get more out of life – from how to deal with stress and anxiety, to boosting our mood or sleeping better. Visit the Every Mind Matters website for advice and information on how to maintain good mental health.
Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities – Information Booklet Feeling Down – Looking After My Mental Health
The Foundation for people with Learning Disabilities is part of the Mental Health Foundation which is a charity and aims to make life better for people with learning disabilities.
They have published an easy read, interactive guide called Feeling Down – Looking After My Mental Health to help people with learning disabilities to take of their health with help. You can download the guide from The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities website.
Mind – Mental health and Covid-19
Those already living with mental health problems are facing extra challenges during this pandemic. When you’re living with a mental health problem, or supporting someone who is, having access to the right information is vital. Visit the Mind Mental Health Information Hub.
Scope is the disability equality charity in England and Wales and they can provide practical information and emotional support when it’s most needed. They provide advice and support to people with disabilities and their families on the Scope website or you can call them on 0808 800 3333.
They also have advice on what to do if your mental health has been affected by COVID-19 on their Advice and Support page.
Shout 85258 is a free text service that can help with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, relationship problems, bullying or if you’re feeling overwhelmed. It is a free, confidential 24/7 mental health text support service. Just text ‘Shout’ to 85258.
West Sussex Pathfinder
West Sussex Pathfinder is a network of local support services. For more information about service available in West Sussex see the Pathfinder website.
Sussex Partnership – Mental Health Services in West Sussex
Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services across much of West Sussex – both in the community and inpatient services. You can find out more on their website.
The Samaritans provide a free listening service, with no judgement, no pressure, and will help you work through what’s on your mind. If you need advice for a specific issue, they can put you in touch with specialist organisations. Go to The Samaritans website or call them free any time, from any phone, on 116 123.
We have developed advice and information pages if you need advice on:
- How to stay safe and well this winter
- Advice and information on using the NHS during the pandemic
- Coping with family pressures
- Coronavirus is affecting my mental health – what can I do?
- Coping with loneliness and isolation
- Coping with drinking habits during the pandemic
- Sleeping well during the pandemic
- Helping children cope with stress during the Coronavirus outbreak
- Someone I love has died - where can I find support