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If coronavirus is affecting your mental health – don’t delay, self-refer today

24th August 2020 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

Health experts in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) are encouraging local people to seek mental health support if they have been left feeling anxious, stressed or depressed by Coronavirus and the impact of lockdown.

Dr Avinashi Prasad, a GP in Leicester said: “It’s inevitable that many people living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland will have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic in one way or another. Especially in Leicester and Leicestershire where we have experienced extended periods of lockdown, this has understandably brought a lot of uncertainty and has caused many to feel low in mood, anxious, stressed and even depressed.

“We are calling for anyone who is feeling this way to seek help from our Let’s Talk -Wellbeing service which provides dedicated support for anyone aged 16 and over to work through any common mental health problems they may be experiencing.

“Delaying seeking help could cause people to feel increasingly worse, that’s why we are encouraging anyone who is affected by mental health problems to self-refer today. The service has made getting help during lockdown easier by moving services to either telephone or video platforms ensuring it is safely accessible.”

The Let’s Talk – Wellbeing service offers a range of talking therapies for common mental health problems including depression, anxiety, panic, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), trauma and stress.

The support available includes one to one sessions via telephone or video conferencing with a therapist, online support through the dedicated digital platform Silvercloud which can be used at any time on any device, and online videos and interactive webinars covering different topics such as stress control, anxiety management and self-care. The service now also has a new phone number which covers the City, County and Rutland making referrals even easier no matter where you live. The new number is 0300 300 2200.

Claire Thompson, Operational Manager for Let’s Talk – Wellbeing, said: “We know that many people are feeling overwhelmed by coronavirus and the impact it may have on them or their family. Let’s Talk – Wellbeing is here to support people through this difficult time, with our trained therapists on hand to offer advice and support over the phone or online. If coronavirus or any of the stresses associated with lockdown have had an impact on your mental health then please contact us for help.”

If you are feeling anxious or low there are some things you can do to help:

  • Introduce a regular routine
  • Meet with friends and family whilst following social distancing guidelines
  • Take regular outdoor exercise and eat healthily
  • If you start to worry about the future, try to focus on things that you can do or change in the here and now
  • Take breaks from social media

If you need support don’t delay, self-refer today by visiting www.letstalkwellbeing.co.uk or call Let’s Talk – Wellbeing directly on 0300 300 2200.

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