Mental Health & Wellbeing
There is so much support available relating to health, wellbeing and coping with uncertainty & anxiety. Sometimes the hardest thing is knowing where to start looking. We have put together selected information for you and also some useful links that we think may help you continue your journey.
The 24/7 urgent mental health access service number has been updated (July 2020). This is because the old number was not free to call for certain mobile phone operators. The following number is free to call on all networks and landlines to enable access to emergency mental health assistance:
Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin – 0808 196 4501
Useful Links: (click for links)
- Apps and websites to support emotional health and wellbeing
- National organisations & Online Resources for parents/carers
- BEAM information - coping with anxiety
- BEAM information - supporting children & young people with anxiety
Places Offering Support: (click for links)
- https://iaptshropshire.silvercloudhealth.com/signup Any Shropshire GP patients can sign up to SilverCloud, which provides online support for anxiety, stress or depression.
- Every Mind Matters provides excellent user-friendly information, tips, advice and support
- MentalHealth.org are another resource for good user-friendly information, tips, advice and support
- BEAM provides support for children & young people. Young people aged 13+ can contact BEAM via AskBeam@childrenssociety.org.uk. Young people aged 13 and under need a parent/carer to contact BEAM on their behalf at the same email address
- www.kooth.com offers a confidential, safe online service for children & young people
- The Ludlow and Area Youth Forum Text Help Line Number is 07984352478 Monday-Friday 10am-5pm.
- Further support groups and specialist support groups are listed at www.NHS.uk
- Don't forget that our mental health practitioner and GPs are always here if you need us - 01584 872461
Mental Health Awareness Week: 18th-24th May 2020
"Last week, I waited in a socially distanced queue outside the supermarket as the rain started to fall. One of the staff noticed we were getting wet. He scurried away to find a pile of umbrellas, carefully disinfected the handles and passed them out with a smile. To my surprise, my eyes started to well up. At a time when I felt alone, I suddenly felt connected.
If I asked you the last time you gave or experienced kindness, you would tell me stories of when you felt moved, protected, held, seen, loved."
Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation.
The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is kindness. Please have a look at our Facebook page, where we will spending the week posting about mental health & wellbeing, and also about coping with change and uncertainty.
One thing we have seen all over the world - and Ludlow is a brilliant example - is that kindness is prevailing in uncertain times. We have learnt that amid the fear, there is also community, support and hope. The added benefit of helping others is that it is good for our own mental health and wellbeing. It can help reduce stress and improve our emotional wellbeing.
The Magician’s Hat of Uncertainty
Few of us cope well with uncertainty. It is like a magician’s hat: huge inside and full of useless stuff like speculation (and its friend, worry). Speculation and worry are a form of fortune telling (without the crystal ball) and if you were good at it you’d be very rich making investments…
We function better with certainty, and we can take charge of that by organising ourselves in the face of uncertainty.
One of the ways we can do this is to deal only in fact, not opinion. The news is padded out with speculation, so…
• Only check the news once a day. You won’t be missing much;
• Avoid the self-appointed social media “experts” and doom-mongers;
• Practice spotting the magician’s trapdoor of “what-if…”. It leads to speculation (and worry);
• Be kind to yourself. Don’t give yourself a hard time for not achieving more with your time. Stress is tiring us all out;
• Try to keep a normal routine and structure to your day, especially bed and meal times;
• Remember that this will pass;
• If you don’t have a reliable crystal ball, beware of speculating about the future.
Sandy Russell, Mental Health Practitioner at Station Drive Surgery
Published: Jul 1, 2020