On this page we have tried to include lots of helpful information about subjects such as exercise and well being, mental health (adults and teens), support for domestic violence and bereavement.
Staying at Home (including financial worries and staying physically active)
Advice for Teens
Mental Health Support
Domestic Violence Help
Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at home because of Corona Virus (COVID-19).
You may feel bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also be low, worried, anxious, or concerned about your finances, your health or those close to you.
It’s important to remember that it is OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently. Remember, this situation is temporary and, for most of us, these difficult feelings will pass. Staying at home may be difficult, but you are helping to protect yourself and others by doing it.
One of the things you can do to self care is give yourself a mood boost and stay active whilst you are at home.
If your mental health is suffering below are some tips and advice to help you cope and sources of support. Make sure you get further support from the practice if you feel you need it.
Advice for Teens
Kooth provides a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and well-being support designed specifically for young people.
Kooth offers young people the opportunity to have a text-based conversation with a qualified counselor. Counselors are available from 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop-in basis. Young people can access regular booked online counselling sessions as needed. Outside counselling hours’ young people can message our team and get support by the next day.
YoungMinds Crisis Messenger
- Provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis
- If you need urgent help text YM to 85258
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Childline Advice and Support for managing children’s understanding of Corona Virus
Mental Health Support for Adults
Every Mind Matters is a website dedicated to helping you with how you are feeling, providing practical tips and support to help. This can range from support and apps to help you relax to dealing with anxiety and where to go for help. If you are experiencing anxiety, panic attacks or an escalation in an existing mental health diagnosis contact the practice for more specialist advice.
TALKWORKS is a free, confidential, NHS talking therapy service helping you to feel better by giving you the tools and techniques to improve your mental and physical wellbeing. They can support with feelings of struggling to cope, feeling low, anxious or overwhelmed. Patients living with a long term health condition that is making you feel tired, frustrated and worried.
You can self-refer direct to TALKWORKS:
Call 0300 555 3344 or complete the online form on our website
Watch our film to see how TALKWORKS can help you. Talkworks Short Film
Domestic Violence Support – Devon Domestic Violence and Abuse
It is not acceptable under any circumstances to feel unsafe in your own home. We can support you in finding help to get accommodation and advice on keeping yourself and your family safe. Domestic abuse can take many forms including physical, emotional, sexual, psychological and not meeting your care or financial needs. You can get help from a number of different sources including Splitz, National Domestic Abuse Helpline, NSPCC, LGBT+ National Helpline, National Mens Advice Line,
Contact the surgery for more advice if you need support
Losing a loved one to Corona Virus can be a very difficult experience. Often you are separated from your loved one and may not have seen them for sometime before their passing. As human beings we often want to hold a hand to comfort a loved one or be there to say goodbyes. It is important that you get support if you have been affected by the death of a friend or relative, particularly if you were unable to be there to support in the way you would have expected too. Cruse have a comprehensive service to support individuals and families affected by bereavement.
We also need to remember that in our communities we have many patients living in care homes and at home who are nearing end of life. As a practice we will do everything we can to support, providing palliative care in the normal way and ensuring that you feel supported. This is however a time of great uncertainty and you may not be able to visit friends or relatives who are living in care homes or are in hospital. Marie Curie is an excellent resource to help you understand the arrangements for palliative care and support and to support friends and relatives in managing bereavement.
The practice is always here to support patients and carers who need our help at this difficult time. Please call reception to speak to us.