Mental health has risen to the top of the public awareness in a way that no-one could have predicted, pre-lockdown. There are many new and existing resources out there to support everyone: professionals, volunteers adults, young people and children. You should be able to find something that suits you.
If you are in crisis and need support then contact your GP or NHS Direct on 111. Other support available includes:
- Cornwall 24/7 NHS mental health telephone support helpline: 0800 038 5300
- Valued Lives – 01209 901438
- Samaritans – 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)
- SANE – 0845 767800
- Papyrus – for adults up to age 35– 0800 068 4141
- CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) – for men – 0800 585858
- Childline – for under 19s – 0800 1111
- Community Mental Health Team – 0845 2077711
Cornwall Council expanded their mental health information pages in Feb 2021, and now have quite extensive information and support resources. They also have specific Mental Wellbeing and the coronavirus pages. Particular resources include:
- Five Ways to Wellbeing – tips and advice on nourishing and protecting our mental health
- Mental health safety plans and a list of Apps to support you with your mental health, visit their Safety Plan webpages.
NHS information includes
- Every Mind Matters – a range of useful resources that help spot the signs of common mental health concerns, provides practical self-care tips and guidance and, importantly, explains when to seek further support.
- NHS Kernow’s web pages around Mental health, including routes into formal treatment.
- Outlook South West, part of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, has a range of talking therapy services available to people aged 16 and above in Cornwall. These include psychological wellbeing courses like Stress Buster, currently being delivered as live online webinars. They also provide one-to-one therapy for anxiety and depression via telephone and video appointments, as well as various digital platforms for guided self-help.
Online wellbeing programmes
Online CBT programmes are available through SilverCloud, via Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. It offers secure and immediate access to a range of mental health and wellbeing programmes which you work through, using your computer, tablet or mobile phone. The modules include interactive tools, activities and videos to help you identify and challenge negative thought and behavioural patterns.
Anyone aged 16 or over who feels that participating in online cognitive behavioural therapy will help them improve and take control of their mental health can access the online self-help via the CFT website.
Support from Mental Health charities
Mhend project – ‘Mental Health, Employment Need and Debt’ advice outreach project, from Pentreath and Citizens Advice Cornwall. Referrals via Pentreath – please specify Mhend project.
Valued Lives offers 24 hour crisis services, wellbeing focused workshops and activities, and residential recovery and transition services. They have a mobile crisis lorry which offers a walk-in service and bookable slots. Find out where it is here.
Mind offers all kinds of support to those who have mental health difficulties, and those around them.
Pentreath, a mental health support charity, has great COVID-19 resources.
Specific support for disadvantaged groups
Learning Disability England has resources to help people with learning disabilities with their mental health, anxiety, etc, at this time.
National Autism Society has resources to support people with autism around the coronavirus, including with their mental health.
Doctors of the World has tips and advice for migrants’ mental health and wellbeing, in 27 languages.
Training for professionals and volunteers
Healthy Cornwall offers free training around MH awareness & support – particularly of benefit to voluntary organisations are:
– Mental Health First Aid full 2 day or half day awareness course
– Making Every Contact Count training
Information around suicide
Cornwall Council has extensive resources offering support for people who may be feeling suicidal, and those around them.
Specific support for the Voluntary Sector
Cornwall VSF has been collating a series of useful resources specifically designed to support the staff and volunteers in the sector, and encourage them to be aware of, and take care of their mental health. These include:
- Winter Workforce Wellbeing – information and ideas for the workforce
- A list of organisations that have open spaces, or resources around the outdoors, nature and the environment, to help improve mental health as well as caring for and appreciating the beautiful place we live in.
- In Feb 2021, as a result of a short survey we carried out, we have produced a list of good practice examples that organisations can introduce to benefit their staff and volunteer mental wellbeing.
The King’s Fund has produced a series of resources to help care workers and volunteers with their own mental health.
Reports and information
The Mental Health Foundation has been carrying out a regular survey around mental health, which provides month-by-month data around the subject. You can read the reports here.
Information and support for people experiencing problems with finances, debt, housing and mental wellbeing.