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It's essential to take care of our minds at this difficult time.

Adults and children across Greater Manchester can access free digital services and online support.

Our Wellbeing and Mental Health During COVID-19 booklet (pdf) is full of tips and ideas for things you can do to look after yourself and support others.

Every Mind Matters offers simple tips to care for your mental wellbeing, and a personalised Mind Plan.

If you’re worried that someone might be thinking about suicide, find out how you can help them. Visit Shining A Light On Suicide.

If you need to talk to someone yourself call Samaritans on 116 123.

Stay connected

Now more than ever, it’s important we keep in touch with our family, friends and neighbours.

You can help put a smile on someone’s face by keeping in touch:

  • call and say hello
  • email and include some pictures
  • ask if they need anything

Doing a small thing can make a big difference.

For information on how to help other people safely, visit the government website.

Easy read information on helping others is also available.

Dementia

If you’re affected by dementia, or caring for a loved one with dementia, this could be a time of added stress.

Dementia United and its partners have information on keeping active and looking after your mental health and wellbeing.

Bereavement

If you’ve lost someone close to you through the coronavirus, or under any circumstance, you are not alone.

For support or advice, visit the Greater Manchester Bereavement Service website or call them on 0161 983 0902.

The Miscarriage Association has useful information for women and their partners affected by miscarriage.

Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, has information to support the safety and wellbeing of women and their families.

Feeling alone?

For people of all ages and backgrounds, staying at home does not need to lead to loneliness.

The national Let’s Talk Loneliness campaign offers tips and advice on what to do to look after yourself and others safely.

If you are lonely you can:

  • keep in touch with friends, family and neighbours
  • ask for help with shopping, medicine or a conversation
  • set a routine with online activities, regular tasks or by volunteering

If you are worried about someone who might be lonely:

  • give them a phone call or contact them online
  • smile, wave or chat from a safe distance
  • help out through volunteering by picking up food, medicine or by offering regular conversation

Easy read information on being on your own is available from Keep Safe.

For LGBT people, LGBT Foundation's new telephone befriending programme Rainbow Brew Buddies aims to reduce loneliness resulting from reduced opportunities to make social connections due to the recent coronavirus outbreak or other circumstances.

 

Living with a learning disability, autism or ADHD

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership has a wide range of advice and support.

This includes both information about coronavirus and help on staying safe and well during the outbreak.