Winter can be an isolating and lonely time for a lot of people, and this year is particularly difficult, but you can help. To mark Time to Talk day, start a conversation with someone about their wellbeing, and you can make a big difference.
Anyone worried about someone that might be struggling with the demands of life or finding things particularly hard during the pandemic, and not sure how to approach a conversation can get help via the Dear Life website.
Supportive tools like the Stay Alive app, a free suicide prevention pocket resource, can also help individuals that are struggling to cope. It contains tips and practical steps to help support someone feeling suicidal as well as local mental health and suicide prevention information.
To talk to a professional, call Coventry and Warwickshire’s local mental health helpline for free on 0800 616 171, provided by Mental Health Matters.
Local and national mental health support and helplines:
NHS Mental Health Crisis service: 0300 200 0011, free 24/7 service Coventry Safe Haven: 6-11pm every day;07921 876065 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Warwickshire Safe Haven: 6-11pm every day; 02477 714554/07970 042270 or email email@example.com
Coventry and Warwickshire Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service, call 024 7667 1090
Togetherall Support Network is an anonymous online mental health and wellbeing service that combines the online forum element where people can support one another, as well as 24/7/365 clinical support and creative tools, resources and courses. Available for residents in both Coventry and Warwickshire.
Samaritans call 116 123
Papyrus Hopeline UK suicide prevention helpline: call 0800 068 4141 or text 07860 039967
Every Mind Matters NHS mental health support website
Finally, we must pay close attention to our own wellbeing, and the wellbeing of those around us. There are five steps that individuals and communities can take to improve mental health and build wellbeing and kindness into daily life at a time of social distancing and staying at home. These are the 5 Ways to Wellbeing and include connect, keep learning, be active, give and take notice.