If you are self-isolating or spending more time at home due to your work or school being closed, it is important to take care of yourself.
You may be feeling anxious, lonely or stressed however there is lots of support available to help you take care of your mental health.
If you feel unable to cope there are organisations that can help you get support right away:
Leading mental health charity Mind are able to offer support to better manage your mental health.
If you are worried about coronavirus and how it could affect your life Mind offer lots of practical things you can try to improve your wellbeing:
- Coronavirus and your wellbeing - mind.org.uk website
- Mind - Tameside, Oldham and Glossop branch
- Practical tips and ideas - togmind website
Mind - Youth in mind
The Hive is a designated young people’s service which offers a range of activities for those who want to get involved in groups in their community.
- Phone: 0161 330 9223
Online mental wellbeing community Discussion boards, chat and messenger, support and counselling
- Kooth.com - website
Expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing:
- Coronavirus and mental wellbeing - nhs.uk website
NHS – Better Health
What you can do if you feel lonely during the coronavirus outbreak.
Explore tips that can help with feeling lonely
- Every mind matters - web page
NHS Mood self-assessment
If you’re 16 or over, this mood self-assessment can help you better understand how you've been feeling recently.
- Mood self-assessment - web page
SilverCloud offers online programmes to help ease your levels of stress, sleep better, or build resilience. These programmes are similar to what you would complete with a therapist, except you can go through them on your own at your own pace.
You can sign up now at:
- https://gm.silvercloudhealth.com/signup/ - SilverCloud Health website
Support for parents who have vulnerable children aged 8–18
If you feel worried or anxious about yourself or your child support is available from Maggie Holland the Health and Wellbeing Coordinator at Mahdlo.
To access the following help and support, email Maggie directly at Maggie.Holland@mahdloyz.org
- Welfare phone calls to families around any concerns or worries
- Look at strategies and ways to support the family to bridge the gap between the concerns raised and the school/college
- Advice and sign posting to mental health services if necessary
- Arrange one to one support with young people or the parent/carer
- Drop-in session at Mahdlo via invitation for the young person for a wellbeing conversation and also offer a resource pack to support with home schooling such as pens, pencils, and paper
Oldham Brokerage Service
Visit the Oldham Brokerage Service website to access useful mental health resources. It caters to everyone and the information has been broken down into parents/carers, children and young people so that you can find the right information for you
- Brokerage service Webpage
Oldham Opportunity Area
Find lots of useful information on wellbeing for professionals, parent and young people.
- Opportunity Area - Webpage
Mindfulness is a technique you can learn which involves making a special effort to notice what's happening in the present moment.
By learning to be “present” you can achieve a sense of calm and focus.
It can take some practice, but it’s a really effective way of boosting your sense of wellbeing and helping you to achieve your goals.
Here are some great free resources to get you started:
Use free guided meditations on their website and youtube channel, or downloading the free app on your phone
The Free Mindfulness Project
The Free Mindfulness Project brings together 100's of free mindfulness videos, audios and other resources all in one place:
Stay in touch
Stay in touch with other people using your mobile phone and video chat apps:
Free access to wellbeing apps for NHS staff
NHS staff have been given free access to a number of wellbeing apps from now until the end of December 2020
- Free access to wellbeing apps for all NHS staff - NHS employers website
Baby Buddy app
The Baby Buddy app guides you through your pregnancy and the first six months following your child’s birth.
It is designed to help you look after your baby’s mental and physical health, as well as your own, and give your baby the best start in life.
MoodZone is an NHS resource which includes an assessment tool to check in with your mood, and audio guides to boost your wellbeing and manage stress and anxiety.
Healthy Minds – Talking Therapies
Healthy Minds Oldham offer cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) which is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave.
It's most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems.
- Healthy Minds Oldham self referral form - IAPT Patient Portal website
- Phone: 0161 716 2777
Healthy Young Minds Oldham
Offer specialist services to children and young people who are experiencing mental health and emotional wellbeing difficulties.
- Phone: 0161 770 7777
- Healthy young minds - NHS web page
Covid Alcohol Awareness
During the Covid pandemic, alcohol intake has risen dramatically as people have been turning to it as a way to relieve stress and anxiety during lockdown.
GM Health Hub
Free online courses designed to improve feelings, beat stress and boost your ability to live well.
- Living life to the full - GM Health Hub website
Working with the University of Manchester GMCA have produced a guide to help older people in Greater Manchester keep well while at home.
- Support and advice for older residents - GMCA website
Oldham Age UK
Daily wellbeing calls
Receive daily calls from their team of volunteers.
- Phone: 0161 622 9252 (Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm)
Befriending and wellbeing
Age UK have a fantastic team of volunteers who are making regular telephone calls to local people here in Oldham. This could include a friendly chat or catch-up to check on general welfare. It could also include making sure you have essential supplies and providing you with general information and reassurance.
- Phone 0161 633 0213 (9am–4pm, Monday to Friday).
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- Phone: 0161 633 0213
- Age UK website