Looking after your mental health: useful contacts and information
It’s really important that we look after our mental health and that of those around us. With one in four of us experiencing a mental health problem at any one time it’s vital that we talk about mental health and support each other.
Life has changed for many of us during lockdown and when lots of things change at once it’s easy for us to feel overwhelmed.
We all react in different ways. For some of us, particularly those who live alone, will feel lonely. Some of us may feel anxious or worried at this time.
Please remember that support is available for you. Here are a list of useful contacts and numbers.
Are you alone and would like to talk to someone?
If you are over 70 and you do not have someone to talk to, Age UK Wolverhampton offers a telephone befriending service for people who may be lonely and isolated, please call 01902 572060.
Serenity are offering a service for anyone who is at home during the Coronavirus outbreak. If you are alone and would like to talk with someone then get in contact with the service by calling on 07968 006142 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Are feeling anxious, depressed or struggling and think you need specialist mental health advice?
Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
The Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has launched a helpline for adults, teenagers and children of all ages during the current Coronavirus outbreak.
Please don’t suffer in silence. If you are experiencing increased distress or anxiety during these uncertain times, pick up the phone and speak to one of their specialist mental health professionals who will be able to support you.
The helpline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Telephone: 0345 6460827
Black Country Helpline
There is a new helpline for people of all ages requiring urgent mental health support, hosted by the Black Country Healthcare Trust and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Call: 0345 6460827 (Residents of Wolverhampton to press 1)
Wolverhampton Healthy Minds
offers psychological therapy services for people experiencing common mental health problems such as low mood, depression, anxiety and stress. If you are 16 or over, live in Wolverhampton or are registered with a Wolverhampton GP, we can help.
Call the service on 0800 923 0222 or 01902 441 856, 9am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays)
Rethink Emotional Support Helpline is a freephone service for those who are in need of support, reassurance and understanding.
The service can be contacted on 0808 802 2208 at the following times:
Monday- Friday 6.00pm – 3.00am
Saturday- Sunday 2.00pm – 3.00am
Are you worried about money?
You may be worried about work and money if you have to stay home – these issues can have a big impact on your mental health. For guidance on what your rights are at work, what benefits you are entitled and what further support is available you can contact:
Citizens Advice Bureau
For debt text: 07850 209529 with your name and they will call you back or Email email@example.com
For urgent crisis text 07525 844112 and they will call you back.
If you are worried about debt you can seek advice from the National Debt Line on 0808 808 4000
Benefits and COVID-19 Council helpline
A new helpline ‘Benefits and COVID-19’ has been launched by the Council for people living in Wolverhampton who are worried about their Social Security benefit rights and entitlements following the COVID-19 outbreak. The helpline which is run by the Council’s Welfare Rights Service can be accessed at:
Telephone: 07966 292321
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm.
Have you been affected by bereavement?
Unfortunately, some of us may lose someone through coronavirus. There is support available for people at this distressing time.
They offer a free helpline: 0808 808 1677
Every Mind Matters is a range of online resources to help you manage your mental health. It is run by the NHS and includes a personal mental health plan, top tips, links to useful apps to help track your mood as well as information about urgent
Visit their website: Here