KMPT: Looking After Your Mental Health During Self-isolation
A long period of self-isolation may be necessary to protect the public from the spread of coronavirus, leading to the COVID-19 illness. The attached booklet contains some useful tips to help keep your mental health in check during this difficult time.
Elefriends Online Community
Elefriends is a supportive online community managed by Mind, the mental health charity, where you can be yourself. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard.
Whether you’re feeling good right now, or really low, it’s a safe place to share experiences and listen to others. Shared experiences and perspectives are valuable and powerful. In this way Elefriends don’t just get help, they give help too. In the good times and the bad.
Please note Elefriends is for people over 18. To sign up to this online community, simply visit this website.
MMK Mind offer over-the-phone low-cost counselling service to provide support from BACP accredited counsellors during this difficult period
MMK Mind have taken the decision to develop an over-the-phone counselling service based upon the face-to-face counselling service which we would usually offer from our building in Maidstone.
The aim of this service is simple – to offer high-quality and easily-accessible support at a time when people may benefit from additional mental health support. We have strived to keep the cost at a minimum to make this service accessible for all so that we are able to support everyone who needs help during this challenging period.
There are no pre-requisites for anyone who wishes to make use of our counselling service. Upon reaching out to our team, you will be contacted to complete an initial assessment to see if we are able to offer suitable treatment for your needs.
Our over-the-phone counselling costs £10 per session.
For more details or to request treatment, please E-Mail email@example.com.
MMK Mind Offer Two New Virtual Community Groups
MMK Mind are delighted to share that we have seen good engagement with our digital Cookery, Arts & Crafts, and Social Groups. Gradually, through a combination of over-the-phone and digital support, we have been able to encourage pre-existing service users to really engage with the services on offer – whilst also encouraging new service users to partake in the activities offered.
After undertaking discussions with our funders, we are pleased to share that we have received the greenlight to offer two additional groups on a Wednesday and Thursday – providing even more support to vulnerable individuals at a time when we believe they can really benefit.
The first group will take place from 10am till 12noon on a Wednesday, and is a second Arts and Crafts group. This group, however, will be different in terms of the fact that the activities individuals take part in will be themed around the Six Ways to Wellbeing. This will provide them with ample opportunity to forward-plan for the week ahead. This group will be delivered over ZOOM.
Our second group will take place on the third Thursday of every month from 10am till 12noon, and will take the form of a peer support and recovery group, also over ZOOM. This group is designed to support people who are recovering from poor mental health – giving them an opportunity to talk to others about how they are feeling, and crucially, how they are coping during this difficult period.
Both new groups will be available from the week commencing the 13th of April 2020 – and will be available for the foreseeable future whilst remote services are in place.
For more details please E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit MMK Mind website.
Mental Health Support Over the Phone from MMK Mind
Whilst our usual out of hours’ services in Ashford and Maidstone are suspended, Maidstone and Mid-Kent Mind have decided to utilise the staff members who would usually operate these services to offer over-the-phone support for people who would perhaps benefit from a chat and a little bit of company.
Our over-the-phone services are available on a Friday from 4pm – 8pm, a Saturday from 4pm-8pm and a Sunday from 1pm – 5pm. These services aim to provide a little bit of extra support to individuals who may benefit from it over the weekend.
The staff members on call rotate on a weekly basis, so our website is kept updated with the latest information on how individuals can access this support. This is not a high-intensity support service – but rather a line which individuals can call if they feel as though they may benefit from a little extra support to maintain positive wellbeing. Contact Us Via Telephone: 07534 044513
Samaritans Helpline for NHS Workers
The support line is there to help NHS people look after themselves, so they can continue to help look after others, and our volunteers will be there to provide support when they’ve had a tough day, are feeling worried or overwhelmed, or just have a lot on their minds.
The NHS helpline, 0300 131 7000, is a free support line for NHS workers during the coronavirus outbreak and it is available 7am-11pm for NHS staff in England.
CGL: Drug and Alcohol Wellbeing Service
The way you get support might be different for a while, but we are still here. We’ll do everything we can to help you stay safe. If you’re worried about something, please get in touch.
While services are running, we are trying to limit the number of people coming into the service. Most appointments will be delivered over the phone or Skype, so give us a call and we’ll set up an appointment.
Other useful mental health links
How to look after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak from the Mental Health Foundation
Coronavirus anxiety tips from Every Mind Matters (NHS)
Coronavirus and your wellbeing a suite of resources from Mind.
Text ChatHealth for support around physical and mental health on 07520 618850. The number is monitored Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
You can self-refer to the Children and Young People’s Counselling Service at www.kentcht.nhs.uk/forms/school-health-service-referral-form.