Right now we are in unsettling times, with lockdown easing in England and guidelines changing on a daily basis we know some people may be feeling uneasy and anxious about what is to come and that the isolation may have had a negative affect on people’s mental health. Below you will find a number of mental health and wellbeing resources that are available, along with tips to help your own wellbeing.
It’s important to begin to understand your mental health and be aware. Unison are holding an Online Mental Health awareness course on 24th June 2020 – find information on that here.
You can find self-help guides on understanding mental health here, covering things from anxiety, Bereavement, depression, domestic violence, PTSD, stress and other issues.
Mental Health Support
Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday)
Telephone: 116 123 (Free 24 hours a day)
Cruse Bereavement Services
Or call the free helpline: 0808 808 1677
NHS Every Mind Matters
The Waiting Room Birmingham
Birmingham & Solihull health and wellbeing resources.
The Silver Line
Information, friendship & advice for older people.
Telephone: 0800 4 70 80 90 (Free 24 hours a day)
Tough Enough to Care
Supporting male mental health.
Able Futures delivers the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions.
Open from 8am to 10.30pm, Monday to Friday or apply online.
0800 321 3137 https://www.able-futures.co.uk/
Every Mind Matters
Every Mind Matters is a service through the NHS, where you can complete a short quiz on your wellbeing to get Your Mind Plan, which offers advice and support based on your answers. There are also resources on a number of mental health issues on the site.
Domestic Abuse Support
Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid (BSWAID)
0808 800 0028 between 9.15am and 5.15pm
www.bswaid.org for live webchat 10-2pm
Domestic Abuse Hub: 0808 169 9604
West Midlands Forced Marriage
24hr helpline: 0800 953 9777
National Domestic Violence Helpline
24hr helpline: 0808 2000 247
National Centre for Domestic Violence:
0800 970 2070 or Text NCDV to 60777
National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse helpline:
0800 999 5428
Rape Crisis England and Wales
0808 802 9999
Men’s Advice Line
0808 801 0327
(anyone worried about their own
behaviour): 0808 802 0231
Things you can do to help your Mental Health
- Keep in touch with friends and family.
- Get some fresh air and spend time outside, take walks or spend time in the garden if you have one.
- Keep active – regular exercise can boost your self esteem, help you concentrate, sleep, and feel better.
- Meet friends for a socially distanced visit/walk around the park.
- Cook your favourite foods – batch cook and freeze some of it for harder days.
- Write down your thoughts, sometimes getting them onto paper helps.
- Make lists of what you would like to achieve that day to keep you on track and have something to aim for.
- Put your baking skills to the test – baking can reduce stress and anxiety. Try simple recipes like banana bread if you are new to baking.
- Read a book – sometimes we all need to escape, to pick up a book from your favourite Author or try something new.
- Meditation – there are lots of meditation apps out there now which can be accessed for free or paid for. Most have free trials so you can see how it works for you. Calm and Headspace are recommended by many.
Some apps also have soothing sounds and guided meditations to aid sleep.
- Have open conversations with those you love about how you are feeling.
- Turn your phone on silent/night mode an hour before bed and read a book or another task that doesn’t involve technology – this helps you wind down and promotes better sleep.
- Practice mindfulness, mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the present moment –
by focusing on things like our breathing, sensations or our bodies.
This helps us to let go of our thoughts and concerns about the pastor the future and learn about our awareness.
Regular practising of mindfulness helps with managing stress by being more aware of the ‘whole picture’ and has been shown to have a number of simple health benefits and is used within the NHS. More general information about mindfulness can be found at
bemindful.co.uk and mindfulnet.org
- Limit alcohol consumption – The recommended alcohol allowance for men and women is 14 units per week.This should be spread over 3 or more days.
- Drink the recommended daily amount of water – 2 litres. It is good for your health to be well hydrated and keeps your body running how it should.
The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of the world, but those who fight and win battles others do not know anything about.