A range of mental health digital services and online support have been launched for children and adults in Tameside and Glossop, adding to the support and services available.
Time spent indoors self-isolating can be scary with many people now facing the added worries about finances, being out of work/furloughed or feelings of loneliness.
The COVID 19 crisis has presented challenges which will create additional pressure on mental health services from trying to support people already accessing services to dealing with new cases caused by people's sense of loneliness and isolation.
These services which can be assessed by those who are experiencing mental health issues, as well as those who may be struggling with new social distancing and self-isolation restrictions, will minimise the need for people to attend GP practices or hospital.
- SHOUT Service – a confidential 24/7 text service for people aged 16+, operated by trained crisis volunteers, overseen by clinical supervisors, who will chat using text responses. Advice is available for anyone struggling with a host of issues, including: anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, abuse or assault, self-harm, bullying or relationship issues. Text GMTandG to 85258 https://www.giveusashout.org/
- SilverCloud – an online therapy programme for people aged 16+ proven to help with stress, anxiety, low-mood and depression is available via https://gm.silvercloudhealth.com/signup
- Elefriends- a mental health social network, managed by the mental health charity Mind. It aims to provide a supportive online community for people aged 18 and over to chat about their lives, including their mental health, and be themselves. https://www.elefriends.org.uk/
- Recovery College Online – Digital recovery college providing a range of online educational courses and resources to people with experience of mental illness, from service users to their family, friends and staff. https://www.recoverycollegeonline.co.uk/your-mental-health/
- Companion App - CBT based program offers support for stress and anxiety using a range of CBT techniques and mindfulness. https://www.companionapproach.com/
- Insight Timer- A free meditation app https://insighttimer.com/meditation-app
- Sanvello- a free stress & anxiety app, giving people techniques to help better manage moods and thoughts. https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/sanvello-stress-anxiety-help/id922968861
- BlueIce – an evidence-based app to help young people manage their emotions and reduce urges to self-harm. This app is available from a clinician working in Healthy Young Minds (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service).
Other services that will be launched soon include:
ChatHealth – a secure and confidential text messaging service for children and young people which allows patients to easily and anonymously get in touch with a healthcare professional for advice and support. This will be launched soon.
Kooth – an online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform for children and young people. Currently limited to Bolton, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Trafford and Wigan and will be extended to Bury, Salford, Stockport and Tameside by May 2020. https://kooth.com/
NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group Co-Chairs, Drs Asad Ali and Ashwin Ramachandra, said: "We understand it can be a difficult time for everyone but there is support available.
"We're all in this together and we're here to help you. It's a good idea to seek advice early rather than waiting until it becomes unmanageable.
"It can happen to anyone, so there's nothing wrong with seeking advice if you're not feeling yourself. This could include a lack of energy or motivation, loss of appetite, disturbed sleeping patterns, feeling worried or upset."
To learn more about mental health developments and to look up information on all the mental health support and services in Tameside and Glossop please go to https://www.tamesideandglossopccg.org/mentalhealthsupport or https://www.tameside.gov.uk/coronavirus/mentalhealth.