Council reminds people that it is okay not to feel okay and help is at hand

Mental health challenges have been increasing for all of us during the pandemic. Warwickshire County Council would like to remind people that they do not need to struggle alone, help and support is always available.

It might feel like things are changing outside of our control and there are a lot of unknowns about the immediate and long-term future. It’s natural that this uncertainty and change will affect people’s mental wellbeing. Whatever you’re struggling with, support is available.

Offering mental health support to anyone aged 16+, the CW Mind Warwickshire Safe Haven is open between 6pm – 11pm to provide reassuring support to those finding life difficult. Call 02477 714554, text 07970 042270 or email safehaven@cwmind.org.uk.

For urgent mental health support, your local NHS Mental Health Crisis Service can be contacted on 0300 200 0011. Available all hours, experienced NHS staff will be able to guide you to support available across Coventry and Warwickshire.

If you are under 18, or worried about somebody who is, call the CWPT Rise crisis team on 02476 641799 between 8am-8pm to speak to a qualified mental health professional. Outside of these hours, please call 0300 200 0011. For more support for children and young people, please visit https://cwrise.com/need-help-now.

If you have, or feel at risk of seriously harming yourself, call 999 or ask someone to call 999 for you.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, there are things you can do right now:

  • focus on getting through today – plan small steps for getting through the day
  • try to stay away from drugs and alcohol as these can affect your thoughts in a negative way
  • make a connection with people – phone someone you trust
  • try and focus on something you enjoy, such as spending time with a pet, mindfulness, hobbies etc
  • download the free Stay Alive app to create a safety plan focusing on the positives of life and find more tips to help you cope.

Warwickshire County Council portfolio holder for Adult Social Care and Health, Councillor Les Caborn, said: “Worry and anxiety are common problems at the best of times and with these uncertain times, it’s hard not to worry about what it all means for yourself and for those you love.

“The county council is committed to helping those who are struggling in any way we can. While things may feel different, support is always available. I urge those who are struggling to seek help. While we are physically isolated, it’s more important than ever for us to feel socially connected, so try and reach out to people to talk, and try to be there to listen to others.

“Everyone deserves to feel safe and supported – including you.”

A comprehensive list of the services available can be found on the county council website here: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/mentalhealth

If you are worried about someone and want some support on how to approach the conversation of suicide, take the short, free Zero Suicide Prevention training: https://www.zerosuicidealliance.com/

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