It’s important to us that we provide as much support as possible during this difficult time – and that includes signposting to Useful Resources which you can access to benefit your mental health at home. This page will collect some useful resources – from activities, to helplines, and everything in-between – all designed to provide you with access to additional support.
If you can think of additional things which could be added to this page to support others, then please E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helplines & Online Resources
Release The Pressure
Our friends at Release The Pressure are working hard to ensure that their freephone support remains available 24/7 during this difficult time.
If you would benefit from talking to someone, then you can call Release The Pressure on 0800 107 0160
Samaritans will continue to offer telephone support as much as possible during this period – providing you with someone to talk to.
To chat to a Samaritan, call freephone number 116 123.
Shout is a 24/7 text service which you can access throughout the current period of time – providing you with over-the-phone text support if you need it.
To get support, text 85258.
The Blurt Coronavirus Helpful Hub
A fantastic assortment of free resources which is constantly being updated by the team at Blurt.
Supporting Your Mental Health Whilst Working From Home From MHFA England
MHFA England have produced a fantastic document which provides lots of advice and guidance on how you can look after your Mental Health whilst working from home.
Kent Together – 24 Hour Helpline
The helpline will provide a single, convenient point of contact for anyone in the county who is in urgent need of help during the Coronavirus outbreak. It is a collaboration between KCC, central Government, District, Borough and local councils, the voluntary and community sector, the NHS, emergency services and other partners to ensure help is at hand for vulnerable people.
For full details you can click here, or can call Freephone 0300 041 9292.
Maidstone Borough Council Community Support Hub
MBC are delivering food parcels and medicines to individuals who are in need and are isolated during this difficult time.
For full details you can click here, or can call Freephone 0300 303 1650
Porchlight Aspirations Service
The Porchlight Aspirations service will continue to support mental health and wellbeing through the use of Aspirations Coaches who will work with individuals to continue to support their mental health through proactive steps.
Samaritans Four Second Breathing Video
The four-second breathing square is something we use to help keep ourselves calm – so it is great seeing Samaritans creating a video version of it.
Playmobil Explains Coronavirus To Kids
Struggling to explain what is going on to the young people you have to look after? Smyths and Playmobil have put together a fun video which explains to children the importance of staying at home – and why we all have to adhere to current guidelines around the outbreak.
An Introduction to Infection Prevention and Control
A FREE 30-Minute course allowing you to increase your knowledge on preventing the spread of infection.
FREE Children’s Audiobooks from Audible
Audible have made several fantastic children’s audiobooks available for FREE on their website – including classic hits like Winnie the Pooh and Peter Rabbit.
FREE Streams from The Metropolitan Opera
The Met Opera are offering nightly streams of their shows for FREE in an attempt to bring people together, and provide a positive wellbeing boost to people who may be looking for something to do whilst they are in isolation.
We think this is a fantastic initiative – and a great chance to try something different! Click here to learn more.
Live-Stream Animals At A Zoo
Did you know there are several great Zoos which provide live-stream services? You might not be able to visit them in person, but this is still a great activity which animal lovers are sure to enjoy!
Virtual Museum Tours
Need your fix of history and culture during the isolation period? You can take virtual tours of some of the most famous museums in the world!
Explore locations and sites of interest in 3D from the comfort of your very own home, thanks to Google Arts & Culture.
Chester Zoo Learning Resources For Kids
Chester Zoo are offering a great assortment of activities for young people to learn about the Zoo whilst they are at home.
Kent Life Virtual Activities
Kent Life have compiled a fantastic list of free Musicals, Stage Shows and Concerts which you can access from at home.
Google’s 3D Animals
Play around with animals in 3D thanks to google.
Experience Disney From Your Own Home
Our friends at the MHUVoice team have published a fantastic list of different apps which you can use to look after your mental health during this difficult time.
This is a live page – so we will update it with additional information as and when we can.