Mental Health Support
The coronavirus pandemic has reminded us all just how important it is to be kind to ourselves and prioritise our mental health.
We are more much more susceptible to anxiety and depression during these uncertain times and it's not just the threat of the virus that can weigh heavy on our minds. The isolation caused by lockdown, worries about job security, a relationship breakdown or a bereavement can also have a serious impact on our mental health.
Thankfully there are a number of support groups, both nationally and locally, that are available to support us through this difficult time.
Sussex Oakleaf, a local provider of mental health services, has launched a new online platform aimed at providing advice, information, support, and resources to people who are struggling with their mental health.
The platform, which can be accessed through the Sussex Oakleaf website www.sussexoakleaf.org.uk allows visitors to chat one to one, through any internet enabled device, with one of Sussex Oakleaf’s trained mental health Recovery Workers.
Visitors can ask questions, share their concerns, or receive guidance on how best to manage their mental health or the mental health of a loved one. Recovery Workers will be on hand to signpost visitors to services or resources relevant to their needs.
The Sussex Oakleaf website also hosts a new resource library with links to useful websites, videos and apps which can help to support better mental health. Visitors will find a link to Sussex Oakleaf’s Community Support Facebook Group, where members have already been supporting each other since the onset of the UK lockdown.
Find out more at www.sussexoakleaf.org.uk.
For a full list of national mental health support groups and helplines visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines