2020 has been a very different year for all of us. Not just in the UK but around the world we have been on lockdown for months not being able to go about our daily business. We’ve listed some Coronavirus Helpline Phone Numbers for you if you need any support or advice.
As we emerge gradually out of lockdown, and return to some sense of normality things will not be the same as before the lockdown for a long time – if they ever are.
Islolation, Loneliness and Mental Health during Covid-19 Pandemic
During this time many vulnerable people have been on their own for weeks, and that has a knock on effect with mental health. Many have got no family to speak to on the phone and have not been able to go outside for weeks. Thanks to volunteers like myself and my husband we have been able to pick up prescriptions and go food shopping for these people but we have been the only faces then have seen for weeks in some cases. This had led to an increase of loneliness and depression amongst the shielding community.
For those that have been shielding since March the thought of going out can cause anxiety as everything has changed. Standing apart, wearing masks, one way systems and queuing to get in the shops has got many of us worried about going out before we put our shoes on. Even getting public transport has changed since before lockdown.
The good news is that we have put together a list of useful phone numbers for you.
If you feel that you need help from volunteers in your area, ring your local Council or your GP who can give you details of volunteer groups in your area.
There are plenty of charities out there that you can contact if you are feeling low or anxious.
AGE UK – 0800 055 6112
Samaritans – 116123
The Trussell Trust FoodBanks – 01722 580 180
NHS Coronavirus Helpline for those with no support network – 0800 028 2816
NHS Coronavirus Helpline – 119
National Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247
Covid Mutual Aid (Find your local volunteer group) https://covidmutualaid.org/
HMRC for self Employed – 0800 024 1222
Asthma UK – 0300 222 5800
You can join our FREE Coronavirus Forum and chat with other people here.