Mental Health and Domestic Abuse

 Mental Health

In recognition of the unprecedented challenges which the outbreak and extended periods of self-isolation can pose, Public Health England has published new online guidance setting out principles to follow to help people to manage their mental health during this difficult time, such as:

  • maintaining contact with friends and family via telephone and video calls, or social media;
  • keeping a regular routine and sleeping pattern; and
  • focusing on a hobby or learning something new.

 The guidance has been developed in partnership with leading mental health charities and clinically assured by the NHS. It also includes steps that those living with serious mental health problems can take, including seeking support from their mental health teams.This guide provides advice on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Parents and carers will also benefit from tailored advice on how to support children and young people with stress during the COVID 19 outbreak, which includes providing clear information, being aware of their own reactions and creating a new routine.

Staying at home can be difficult. If you feel you need extra support with your mental health, please do reach out to organisations who can help you. There is good information available on the MIND website.

Provide will offer support at this time for all things to do with mental health:


See Also  

Community Mental Health & Wellbeing Support - Trust Links: REACH Wellbeing Hub

The REACH Wellbeing Hub team is available for anyone experiencing mental health and wellbeing issues at this time, albeit over the telephone until restrictions are lifted. The REACH Wellbeing Hub is available for anyone facing any mental health issues including anxiety, depression and stress. We work closely with clinical and crisis services, should these be required. The service is open to anyone living in Southend, Castle Point and Rochford, and is available throughout the week and over weekends. Please register or make a referral on the online form which can be found at this link: For more information or to make a referral over the phone please contact us on 01702 213134 or email [email protected] 

Essex Welfare Service

Do you need support, information or advice? If you or someone you know is feeling isolated, Essex Welfare Service (EWS) is here to help. Anyone without help from family, friends, neighbours or the local community can contact EWS. Support is available from specialists in mental health, dementia care and more. Regardless of your age, health or circumstance, EWS can support you. If you, or someone you know, needs support you can: • request support • refer someone for support • phone 0300 303 9988.

Support for Your Children 

 It's normal for your child to feel stressed or anxious during these uncertain times. This Mental Health Awareness Week, we're encouraging parents and carers to have a conversation with their child about how they're feeling. We've spoken to Steve Whitfield, a Senior Specialist Educational Psychologist. In this video, he talks about what support is available for parents and carers. This video could help you start those conversations and spot the signs a child is suffering with their mental health and wellbeing. Remember, you're not alone - every family matters. For more resources to help you support your child's wellbeing, visit:


Domestic abuse

Recent news articles have highlighted the increase in domestic abuse reports to police across the country at this present time.

Local nformation  is set out below:

  • Peabody - all drop-in sessions are currently suspended. All support staff will be contacting their customers by phone and will be carrying out telephone support. Contact number 0800 0224040 - Mon - Fri, 8am - 8pm
  • Tours - 01268 206798 - Mon - Fri, 10am -4pm
  • Compass - 0330 333 7444 - if you are unable to get through please leave a message if safe to do so and they will call back. 
Updated 29/05/2020

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