To mark this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (18 May – 24 May 2020), residents who are feeling low and anxious around the lockdown are reminded that there are a number of free services that can help.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week theme is ‘kindness’. Whilst there have been countless acts of incredible kindness shown across the borough to help with COVID-19, being kind to yourself is also important. A way of doing this is to get support for your mental health if you need it.
Below is a list of support services and resources available to residents:
- Evidence suggests there are five easy steps you can take to help improve your mental wellbeing. These are to connect with others, be active, keep learning, take notice and to give. For more information on easy ways of how to do this, go to www.richmond.gov.uk/coronavirus_and_your_wellbeing
- If you are concerned about children and young people’s mental health, a range of services are available from Richmond and Kingston Safeguarding Partnership, including access to online counselling. Click here for guidance.
- A new online service Good Thinking is a free virtual resource provided by Thrive London, Public Health England and the NHS. It aims to provide digital mental wellbeing support for London through online quizzes, workshops, podcasts and activities. To visit the website, click here.
- Richmond Wellbeing Service offers a range of free and confidential talking therapies and specialist support for adults. You can visit the website here or give them a call on 020 8548 5550.
- RB Mind’s Helpline offers a safe place where you can speak to someone who will listen, offer you support and guide you to further help if needed. The service is for anyone over 18 years old living in the borough. The emotional support line is open Monday to Friday from 9.00am – 10.00pm, Saturday from 2.00pm – 10.00pm and Sunday 2.00pm – 8.00pm. Call 0203 137 9590.
- If you need mental health support in a crisis, you can call the South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust 24/7 Mental Health Support Line on 0800 028 8000. It is open to everyone and if required you can then visit the 24/7 Orchid Mental Health Emergency Service at Springfield Hospital in Tooting, London, to receive specialist care from expert mental health professionals.