Mental Health Support
05 May 2020
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Help, can't cope, won't cope. These are some of the thoughts I have been struggling with recently. Along with where can I get help while we can't go out, while I'm stuck at home? 

All the services are shut down aren't they?

Well I'm very pleased to say that they are not, it seems they have just changed the way they are working. I'm lucky in the fact that I can navigate my way around the internet thing, and I have found that nearly all services are still offering help! They may not be offering physical face to face contact until this is all over but they are most definitely still there. They are offering support by phone at the least.  They are even embracing more modern technology!

I had a great experience only the other day.  I used to go to a small community café event before we all got stuck indoors.  I hadn't seen anybody since then, the occasional text message but that was it. 

Then we all got invited to a video conferencing thingy.  We got guided through how to set it up on our phones which was reasonably easy. As we all connected we could hear each other, then the video appeared. Oh my word the difference when you are able to see your friends, big smiles and giggles, everyone got quite excitable as we hadn’t seen anyone in weeks! We all managed to have a great chat and catch up and had a bit of a chat on things we could do while being at home. Everyone is now looking forward to the next one.

So quite a turnaround from where I started this. I have now seen my friends and will do again.

So don’t be worried to reach out to services, they are still there and can help, even in these strange days.

Thank you to West Sussex Mind

Here's the link I found to their service update:

Chris, service user