• Intro
  • Welfare Resources
  • Lockdown Tips

Now, more than ever, it is important that we look after ourselves and stay positive. A recent survey completed by Young Minds found that 83% of young people said their mental health was going downhill as a result of the pandemic/lockdown. Please use the resources provided here if you feel like you need to, but also remember that there is more help and support out there. Use the links on the page to contact mental health professionals, get in touch with your schools and colleges and talk to your family and friends.

Below are some amazing resources to check out if you're struggling:

The Student Minds website is an amazing place for mental health support. They offer a wide range of resources for all young people to use. We borrowed some of their well-being tips:

  • Stay in touch - keep in contact with your family and friends, you can still connect from a  distance - call your friend, have a video-call catch up with your family or check in with someone on social media.
  • Continue the things you enjoy -  try reading that book you’ve been meaning to start, watch that new series or try a new skill.
  • Get into a daily routine - you might find it helpful to plan out your time in advance and know what you are doing each day, so you have something to look forward to. 
  • Look after your personal environment - create a space that you are able to enjoy and feel comfortable in.
  • Take a break from social media if you need to - if the updates are getting too much it is okay to take a step back. 
  • Check in with your university and students’ union - this will help you to understand any changes to your course and assessments, where you can go for support and institution specific updates.
  • Reach out - stay connected with people even if you can’t see each other in person - send a text, make a call or be inventive online with your university community.
  • Check in - ask how this is affecting your friends and family and if there is anything you can do to help each other. Check-in with those who might be at more of risk during this time to see if there is anything you can do to help.
  • Stay informed - make sure you are following and sharing reliable information from trusted sources (NHS)
BBC Radio Cumbria, Mental Health

This is BBC Radio Cumbria's take on mental health in young people, looking at why the lockdown has affected us so badly, talking to a current student to share their story, and also talking to a mental health professional.

Also, check out this YouTube video with some tips on how to look after your own mental health during lockdown! You can find more videos like this just by scrolling through YouTube and checking out the recommended videos attached to this video.

Useful Contacts

If you need to chat to someone use the links below to connect to local and national welfare organisations:

Qwell  (www.qwell.io)

Free online counselling and well-being for adults

Monday – Friday 12pm – 10pm

Weekends 6pm – 10pm

NHS Crisis Team

For severs situations of emotional distress, contact by presenting at A&E or through NHS 111

MIND in Furness (www.mindinfurness.org)

Has a ‘need help now’ section that directs individuals to support helplines

GP Surgery

Any person that you come into contact with who discloses mental health difficulties should be directed to contact their GP to ensure ongoing support is provided

SAFA (www.safe-selfharm.org)

A local Self-harm charity providing a helpline and counselling service

South Cumbria First Step (www.lscft.nhs.uk/first-step)

NHS counselling service to which people can self refer.

Rethink Mental Illness (www.rethink.org)

Can provide a link to other services and support in the local area.

Samaritans

24 hours a day, 365 days a year

Call 116 123 for support

Supportline (www.supportline.org.uk)

Confidential emotional support online, by phone or email. Helps to provide positive coping strategies

Helpline 01708 765200

https://www.camhs-resources.co.uk/websites

Useful all in one place links to services that may be able to support including domestic violence, substance abuse, self-harm, depression and anxiety

https://www.camhs-resources.co.uk/apps-1

This site has a range of useful APPS for mental well being that may be of use to some individuals.

www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters

NHS Every Mind Matters website with resources, tips and urgent support links

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