Health and wellbeing during the pandemic
Looking after our mental health and wellbeing is important. There are a variety of organisations, websites and apps that may be able to offer you the support, advice and help you need – whether in person, over the phone, via text, self-help or in group community settings:
- The Every Mind Matters website offers advice and practical steps that people can take to support their wellbeing and manage their mental health.
- If you are feeling lonely, the Let’s Talk Loneliness website also has a variety of tips, advice and further resources that they may find helpful.
- The Hub of Hope can also be accessed to find local sources of mental health support and services, both from the NHS and from other organisations.
Support over the phone for people living in Oxfordshire
- Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Mental Health Helpline A 24/7 mental health helpline to provide people with mental health advice during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Age UK have launched a new telephone service for older people who need support if they are self-isolating. Call 01865 411 288 and leave your name and number, someone will call you weekly to see how you are, chat and offer practical support if needed.
- Connection Support is a local charity that provides a flexible and tailored support and advice to adults and families in Oxfordshire. You can contact them on 01865 711267.
Support over the phone for anyone in the country
- Samaritans – if you’re having a hard time, they can provide you with advice and support. Call them anytime on 116 123.
- Mind National Mental Health Charity. Call their information line on 0300 123 3393
- CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) is a charity that supports men under 45 years old with mental health issues. You can call them on 0800 58 58 58.
Staying physically active
Staying active is one way you can help improve your mood and mental health.
- Visit our GO Active website for ideas on staying active at home.
- Move Together is a new scheme for Oxfordshire focused on helping you to move more and feel better
- Sport England has some great tips and advice that can help you and your family stay active whilst staying at home.
- The NHS’s Change4Life has indoor ideas to keep children active and entertained using Disney themed workouts.
Support through bereavement
If you need bereavement support, you can contact
- Bereavement Advice Centre on 0800 6349494 for all ages
- SeeSaw on 01865 744768 for young people and children
Drugs and alcohol support advice
There are lots of organisations available that can provide you or someone you know with support and advice. Head to our community support pages for more information.