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Mental Health & Wellbeing

The coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak is having an impact on everyone’s daily lives.  It may be difficult, but by following guidance on social distancing and staying at home, we are helping to protect ourselves, our families, the NHS and our community.

During this time, you may be bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also feel low, worried, anxious, or be concerned about your health or that of those close to you. Everyone reacts differently to events, and changes in the way we think, feel and behave vary between different people and over time. It’s important that you take care of your mind as well as your body and to get further support if you need it. The government have produced some very useful guidance:

How to talk to Children about Coronavirus

An excellent user friendly resource to help parents and carers guide their children through what is happening:


At home shouldn’t mean at risk, but sadly for many people the lockdown has meant that they are trapped in isolation with their abuser under a pressurised situation.

Over the weekend, the government launched its #YouAreNotAlone domestic abuse campaign to reassure victims of domestic abuse that there is still help for them during the Covid crisis, and that the household isolation instruction as a result of COVID-19 does not apply if you need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse. (

Help is also available from (all hyperlinked):

Childline 0800 1111

Refuge 0808 2000 247

Women’s Aid

Men’s Advice line - 0808 801 0327 (weekdays 9am-5pm)

The Mankind Initiative - 01823 334244 (Mon-Fri 10am-4pm)

National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Domestic Violence helpline - 0800 999 5428

Respect Phoneline offers confidential advice and support to help domestic violence perpetrators stop being       violent and abusive to their partners or ex-partners. 0808 802 4040