COVID-19: Advice and support on health and wellbeing
You will find information and support if you are feeling anxious about coronavirus (COVID-19) or how your personal situation is being affected by current restrictions.
Use the headings below to help you find the information you need:
I want to stay healthy and active. What can I do at home?
You can find ideas about staying active at home from the Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership.
The Somerset Health and Wellbeing website also has information on how to stay healthy, happy and safe during this time.
I want to be useful in this crisis and am over 18, so can do something? How do I go about it?
Spark Somerset has launched Corona Helpers, an online platform on which individuals can pledge to help, and groups can let people know what they're doing and how to get involved.
GoodSAM is the platform powering the onboarding and deployment of Volunteers for the NHS in partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service. There is a pause in recruiting to give time to process the current applications. Keep checking back to see when the application process is open again.
I’m under 18, can I volunteer?
Visit the Somerset County Council website for ways that you may be able to help your community here >
HEALTH AND WELLBEING SUPPORT SERVICES
The following are support services that you can access if you need help or advice:
Advice and mental health support if you are struggling with self-isolation, coronavirus and the impact it is having on your mental health.
Relate has increased the availability of highly trained counsellors to support everyone’s relationships during this unprecedented time.
Mindline has extended their hours, so the helpline is now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 01823 276892 for young people parents and carers. The confidential listening service is run by Mind in Somerset. It is a safe place to talk if you, or someone you know, is in distress. As well as listening to your issues, Mindline can give basic information on mental health issues, information about local services and where to go to get help. For more information about the service, visit Mind in Somerset.
Advice and support for coping with self-isolation and coronavirus.
If you or someone that you know is experiencing abuse, help is available at Somerset Survivors or by phoning 0800 69 49 999. If you or someone you care about is in immediate danger, please call 999 and ask for the police.
The Somerset Survivor Pathway is a guide for anyone wanting to know more about specialist sexual violence support services in Somerset.
You can contact the Samaritans free, 24 hours a day on 116 123.
The Prince's Trust
During this challenging time, the Prince's Trust is we're committed to delivering you the one-to-one support, advice and guidance you need so you can continue to develop your confidence and upskill.
Free and confidential sexual health advice.
The Proud Trust
The Proud Trust is a life-saving and life-enhancing organisation that helps LGBT+ young people empower themselves, to make a positive change for themselves and their communities.