Looking after your mental health and wellbeing

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Mental health support

The outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected all our lives and understandably many people will be feeling very anxious and scared at the moment. We’ve compiled a list of services and tips aimed at helping people in different situations, should you be feeling anxious, under too much stress, having trouble sleeping, or struggling to cope during this time. See the support available to you below.

Accessing mental health support

If you’re feeling anxious and/or worried about your mental health, call your GP or if you prefer, you can contact the local services below for support:

  • Barnet, Enfield and Harringey Mental Health Trust (BEH CAMHS)

BEH CAMHS have introduced a new helpline for people (including children and adults) experiencing a mental health crisis: 24-hour helpline: 0300 0200 500

You can call this number to get help or advice in a crisis from our trained mental health advisors and clinicians, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

For more details, visit our website at http://www.behcamhs.nhs.uk/help/

  • Barnet Wellbeing Hub

For people who would like mental wellbeing support, the Barnet Wellbeing Hub (based at the Meritage Centre, Church End, Hendon, London NW4 4JT) has moved all its service provision online and via telephone, including yoga classes, virtual wellbeing cafes and emotional health checks. To find out more call 03333 449088 or email: info@barnetwellbeing.or.uk.

  • SilverCloud – Free online CBT

If you are experiencing anxiety, stress and sleep difficulties, SilverCloud are providing a free online CBT support programme. For further details, please visit their website at: https://beh.silvercloudhealth.com/signup/

  • Age UK Barnet Covid-19 help (over 55 years old)

If you are struggling to cope on your own or have received a letter from the NHS stating you are part of the “shielded group” and are in need of support with essential shopping, prescription delivery, befriending or want to access the handy person scheme, get in touch with Age UK Barnet via email at laterlifeplanners@ageukbarnet.org.uk or call their helpline on 020 8203 5040.

  • CommUNITY Barnet COVID-19 help (18-55 years old)

If you are 18-55 years old and struggling to cope on your own or have received a letter from the NHS stating you are part of the “shielded group”, you can get in touch with CommUNITY Barnet seven days a week, between 9am and 5pm during this lockdown period. They can provide support with essential shopping, getting your prescriptions delivered or just someone to talk to. Get in touch with CommUNITY Barnet via email atcovidhelp@communitybarnet.org.uk or by calling their helpline 020 8016 0016

  • Mind in Barnet – IAPT

Mind in Barnet - IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) are offering counselling support. To find out more about this service, get in touch by calling 020 8343 5703 or emailing Counselling@Mindinbarnet.org.uk

  • Let’s Talk IAPT in Barnet

Let’s Talk Barnet IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) offers assessments and short-term therapy for people with mild to moderate low mood or anxiety to people aged 16 and over registered with a Barnet GP. People can refer themselves directly by visiting: lets-talk-barnet@nhs.net or calling 020 8702 5309.


Secondary mental health services

Secondary care are services which generally need a referral from a GP. Examples of secondary mental health services are hospitals, some psychological wellbeing services, community mental health teams (CMHTs), crisis resolution and home treatment teams (CRHTs), assertive outreach teams and early intervention teams.

If you are requiring secondary mental health service support and are not currently known to these services already please call 03000 200 500

If you are known to secondary mental health services in Barnet and requiring support from your care coordinator please contact your care coordinator or contact the BEHMHT Hub on 03000 200 500


Urgent help - getting help if you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis

The word “crisis” can be used to describe many different situations. In mental health, the term “crisis” usually suggests that someone may need urgent help to support them with mental health problems.  A mental health emergency should be taken as seriously as a physical health emergency. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and you don’t feel like you can keep yourself safe right now, seek urgent specialist mental health support through one of the following routes:

Contact the BEHMHT Crisis Resolution Team helpline. They’ve introduced a new helpline for people experiencing a mental health crisis 0300 0200 500. You can call this number to get support or advice 24/7.

If it is an emergency and cannot wait, you should call 999

You can also contact your local GP surgery and ask for an emergency appointment. You don’t need to be registered as a patient already.

NCL suicide prevention and bereavement support service

If you are experiencing suicidal feelings or thoughts or affected in any way by suicide and you are over 18 years old, you can contact the new North Central London helpline, provided by Rethink Mental Illness.

The new service has been initiated to ensure people can access additional support during the COVID-19 pandemic and is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6pm-8pm and on Sunday from 6pm-9pm.

  • Freephone: 08088 02 00 80 Calls to this helpline are free from landlines and mobile phones within the UK and do not appear on itemised bills.
  • Text message: 07860 058 793 Text messages are charged at usual network rate and texts will be responded to during helpline opening hours.

Samaritans

A safe place for you to talk at any time, in your own way, about whatever is getting to you. You don't have to be suicidal. Call 116 123 for free or send an email to jo@samaritans.org or visit the Samaritans website: https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/

Crisis Text Line UK

Shout an affiliate of Crisis Text Line® in the UK that provides free, confidential support, 24/7 via text. It’s the first free 24/7 texting service in the UK for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. Shout is available in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Text SHOUT to 85258 in the UK to text with a trained Crisis Volunteer.


National mental wellbeing resources

Good thinking

A London-wide NHS digital wellbeing service designed to support low-level mental health needs. It offers digital self-assessment followed by a range of personalised, clinically approved digital and local interventions based on your preferences and location. For further details, please visit their website at: https://www.good-thinking.uk/

MIND

Self-isolation can be a frustrating and lonely time. For tips on how to stay well if you’re self-isolating at home, visit the MIND website.

Every Mind Matters

The One You Every Mind Matters website has expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing, from advice to other support helplines. Visit https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

Sleepio

Sleepio is an online self-help programme to help reset sleeping patterns without relying on sleeping pills. There are six core sessions and each takes about 30 mins. It requires a time commitment over a 6 – 8-week period. You can access Sleepio via the Good Thinking website.

NHS Moodzone

NHS mental health and wellbeing resource containing advice, mood self-assessments, self-help materials and treatments and other people’s stories. Visit the website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/


Other things to do to support your mental wellbeing

Online mindful yoga & movement classes with Inclusion Barnet

Inclusion Barnet are now offering free mindful yoga and movement classes online. To sign up visit: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vKssaLuBTMmK-I-1_EM8-w or for more information contact patricia@inclusionbarnet.org.uk

Keep active at home

The NHS has 24 free instructor led videos covering aerobics, strength and resistance and Pilates and yoga at the online NHS Fitness Studio.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/

Short on time? Here are some handy 10-minute exercises

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/10-minute-workouts/

Practice mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness can help calm anxieties should you start to feel overwhelmed. There are several freely available apps:


Click here to return to the Community Help Hub homepage.



Mental health support

The outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected all our lives and understandably many people will be feeling very anxious and scared at the moment. We’ve compiled a list of services and tips aimed at helping people in different situations, should you be feeling anxious, under too much stress, having trouble sleeping, or struggling to cope during this time. See the support available to you below.

Accessing mental health support

If you’re feeling anxious and/or worried about your mental health, call your GP or if you prefer, you can contact the local services below for support:

  • Barnet, Enfield and Harringey Mental Health Trust (BEH CAMHS)

BEH CAMHS have introduced a new helpline for people (including children and adults) experiencing a mental health crisis: 24-hour helpline: 0300 0200 500

You can call this number to get help or advice in a crisis from our trained mental health advisors and clinicians, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

For more details, visit our website at http://www.behcamhs.nhs.uk/help/

  • Barnet Wellbeing Hub

For people who would like mental wellbeing support, the Barnet Wellbeing Hub (based at the Meritage Centre, Church End, Hendon, London NW4 4JT) has moved all its service provision online and via telephone, including yoga classes, virtual wellbeing cafes and emotional health checks. To find out more call 03333 449088 or email: info@barnetwellbeing.or.uk.

  • SilverCloud – Free online CBT

If you are experiencing anxiety, stress and sleep difficulties, SilverCloud are providing a free online CBT support programme. For further details, please visit their website at: https://beh.silvercloudhealth.com/signup/

  • Age UK Barnet Covid-19 help (over 55 years old)

If you are struggling to cope on your own or have received a letter from the NHS stating you are part of the “shielded group” and are in need of support with essential shopping, prescription delivery, befriending or want to access the handy person scheme, get in touch with Age UK Barnet via email at laterlifeplanners@ageukbarnet.org.uk or call their helpline on 020 8203 5040.

  • CommUNITY Barnet COVID-19 help (18-55 years old)

If you are 18-55 years old and struggling to cope on your own or have received a letter from the NHS stating you are part of the “shielded group”, you can get in touch with CommUNITY Barnet seven days a week, between 9am and 5pm during this lockdown period. They can provide support with essential shopping, getting your prescriptions delivered or just someone to talk to. Get in touch with CommUNITY Barnet via email atcovidhelp@communitybarnet.org.uk or by calling their helpline 020 8016 0016

  • Mind in Barnet – IAPT

Mind in Barnet - IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) are offering counselling support. To find out more about this service, get in touch by calling 020 8343 5703 or emailing Counselling@Mindinbarnet.org.uk

  • Let’s Talk IAPT in Barnet

Let’s Talk Barnet IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) offers assessments and short-term therapy for people with mild to moderate low mood or anxiety to people aged 16 and over registered with a Barnet GP. People can refer themselves directly by visiting: lets-talk-barnet@nhs.net or calling 020 8702 5309.


Secondary mental health services

Secondary care are services which generally need a referral from a GP. Examples of secondary mental health services are hospitals, some psychological wellbeing services, community mental health teams (CMHTs), crisis resolution and home treatment teams (CRHTs), assertive outreach teams and early intervention teams.

If you are requiring secondary mental health service support and are not currently known to these services already please call 03000 200 500

If you are known to secondary mental health services in Barnet and requiring support from your care coordinator please contact your care coordinator or contact the BEHMHT Hub on 03000 200 500


Urgent help - getting help if you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis

The word “crisis” can be used to describe many different situations. In mental health, the term “crisis” usually suggests that someone may need urgent help to support them with mental health problems.  A mental health emergency should be taken as seriously as a physical health emergency. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and you don’t feel like you can keep yourself safe right now, seek urgent specialist mental health support through one of the following routes:

Contact the BEHMHT Crisis Resolution Team helpline. They’ve introduced a new helpline for people experiencing a mental health crisis 0300 0200 500. You can call this number to get support or advice 24/7.

If it is an emergency and cannot wait, you should call 999

You can also contact your local GP surgery and ask for an emergency appointment. You don’t need to be registered as a patient already.

NCL suicide prevention and bereavement support service

If you are experiencing suicidal feelings or thoughts or affected in any way by suicide and you are over 18 years old, you can contact the new North Central London helpline, provided by Rethink Mental Illness.

The new service has been initiated to ensure people can access additional support during the COVID-19 pandemic and is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6pm-8pm and on Sunday from 6pm-9pm.

  • Freephone: 08088 02 00 80 Calls to this helpline are free from landlines and mobile phones within the UK and do not appear on itemised bills.
  • Text message: 07860 058 793 Text messages are charged at usual network rate and texts will be responded to during helpline opening hours.

Samaritans

A safe place for you to talk at any time, in your own way, about whatever is getting to you. You don't have to be suicidal. Call 116 123 for free or send an email to jo@samaritans.org or visit the Samaritans website: https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/

Crisis Text Line UK

Shout an affiliate of Crisis Text Line® in the UK that provides free, confidential support, 24/7 via text. It’s the first free 24/7 texting service in the UK for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. Shout is available in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Text SHOUT to 85258 in the UK to text with a trained Crisis Volunteer.


National mental wellbeing resources

Good thinking

A London-wide NHS digital wellbeing service designed to support low-level mental health needs. It offers digital self-assessment followed by a range of personalised, clinically approved digital and local interventions based on your preferences and location. For further details, please visit their website at: https://www.good-thinking.uk/

MIND

Self-isolation can be a frustrating and lonely time. For tips on how to stay well if you’re self-isolating at home, visit the MIND website.

Every Mind Matters

The One You Every Mind Matters website has expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing, from advice to other support helplines. Visit https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

Sleepio

Sleepio is an online self-help programme to help reset sleeping patterns without relying on sleeping pills. There are six core sessions and each takes about 30 mins. It requires a time commitment over a 6 – 8-week period. You can access Sleepio via the Good Thinking website.

NHS Moodzone

NHS mental health and wellbeing resource containing advice, mood self-assessments, self-help materials and treatments and other people’s stories. Visit the website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/


Other things to do to support your mental wellbeing

Online mindful yoga & movement classes with Inclusion Barnet

Inclusion Barnet are now offering free mindful yoga and movement classes online. To sign up visit: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vKssaLuBTMmK-I-1_EM8-w or for more information contact patricia@inclusionbarnet.org.uk

Keep active at home

The NHS has 24 free instructor led videos covering aerobics, strength and resistance and Pilates and yoga at the online NHS Fitness Studio.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/

Short on time? Here are some handy 10-minute exercises

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/10-minute-workouts/

Practice mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness can help calm anxieties should you start to feel overwhelmed. There are several freely available apps:


Click here to return to the Community Help Hub homepage.