Is Coronavirus affecting your mental health?

If coronavirus or things associated with it (such as lockdown) is affecting your mental health, below are some resources to offer support and further information.

The Mental Health Foundation have produced a guide to protecting your mental health during the coronavirus crisis and MIND has produced a helpful guide which will be useful to anyone who has to practice social isolation:

Mental Health Foundation – Coronavirus and mental health tips

Mind – Coronavirus and your wellbeing

UNISON’s There for You charity can also provide signposting to emotional support.

The NHS have set up Every Mind Matters that is now tailored around Covid-19 – you can complete an online quiz to get ‘Your Mind Plan’, which will give you top tips and advice for supporting your mental health.

Once the questions have been completed there is the option to email the plan to yourself and there are links you can click for further information/support.

The website also has lots of areas to visit such as information/support on: Coronavirus, Anxiety, Low Mood, Stress, Sleep, Parents, Youth & Urgent Support so please click below.

Every Mind Matters – Your Mind Plan

Support is available from Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group:

  • 0 to 18 year olds in Birmingham: 7 days a week (10am to 6pm) 0207 841 4470, or email: askbeam@childrenssociety.org.uk
  • Over 18’s in Birmingham and Solihull: 7 days a week (9am to 11pm) 0121 262 3555
  • Key workers support: 7 days a week (9am-11pm) 0121 663 1217

Employee Wellbeing Support

As an employee of Birmingham City Council or Birmingham Children’s Trust, you have access to the following health and wellbeing support services:

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

This is a free, confidential service that will provide information, expert advice by telephone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service gives employees a place to turn for support any time of day or night, 365 days a year for whatever issues you might be facing. To use this service, you can contact the freephone number 0800 111 6387, by email or via the EAP website, using the password Bhamwell.

Chaplains

Chaplains work within Birmingham City Council to support council employee’s health and wellbeing. BCC chaplains have a broad background of managing wellbeing and coping with life’s ups and downs.

They work in collaboration with the council’s Wellbeing Team, and have support of senior management, trade unions and corporate networks, but what they offer is wholly confidential and independent of them.

Chaplains are there for everyone, those of any or no faith. They affirm and encourage. They do not make judgements or preach faith.

Individual support: family worries, health concerns, bereavement, work relationships, mental health.

Team Workshops: recognising & responding well to stress, mindfulness to refresh focus, living through bereavement at work & home, introduction to understanding trauma, faith communities in the workplace.

Contact the Chaplains:

peter@birminghamcouncilchaplains.co.uk

val@birminghamcouncilchaplains.co.uk

rachel@birminghamcouncilchaplains.co.uk

or call 07746299 676

Access To Work Mental Health Support

Able Futures is the service provided by Access To Work to offer mental health support at work. They could give you nine months advice and guidance from a mental health specialist who can help you learn coping mechanisms, build resilience, access therapy or work with your employer to make adjustments to help your mental health at work.

Call Able Futures free on 0800 321 3137 from 8am to 10.30pm, Monday to Friday or apply online.

 

Click here to go to a post with a further list of mental health resources in Birmingham.