The current situation we find ourselves in can be scary and overwhelming. It is OK to feel worried, stressed, anxious or concerned about what is going on, you are not alone in feeling this way.
Everyone will react differently and again that is OK. To help everyone manage this difficult and uncertain time we have pulled together a range of support services and links to guide you through.
The College’s Safeguarding Team are here for you during this time and you can contact them via email Safeguarding@Southessex.ac.uk
A member of the team will contact you and provide some support. Students and staff can also access the Safeguarding Team’s Moodle page where there are resources on a number of topics including mental health, e-safety and mindfulness.
Things that you can do to help with how you are feeling
- Don’t overexpose yourself to the news or social media
- Arm yourself with the facts
- Talk to someone about how you are feeling
- Book a video chat with friends and family
- Find things that help you stay calm
- Do things that you enjoy
- Keep your mind active with college work, jigsaws, colouring or puzzles
- Plan your time at home by keeping roughly the same routine for getting up, meal times and evening chill times
- Improve your sleep and work on getting those 8 hours
- Look after your body by trying exercise videos or live streams to use up that pent-up energy and eat healthily
Out of hours and closure periods
We understand that mental health and well-being doesn’t fit with office hours and you may find you need support at any point in the day or night. Below are links for organisations where you can get support 24/7.
Text the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger, for free 24/7 support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis.
If you need urgent help text YM to 85258.
Young Minds also offer a helpline for parents who are worried about their young person. Call the Parents Helpline: 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm, free for mobiles and landlines).
The One You website from the NHS also provides a great list of apps you may want to download to help you towards positive mental health and well-being.
The Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation have a range of tips and advice for looking after your mental health during this time. They have also provided advice finance, housing and unemployment concerns.
The Mental Health Foundation offer lots of tips and their social media channels give lots of daily tips on staying healthy or seeking support during this time.
Random acts of kindness
The Mental Health Foundation also have great tips on being kind to others and how we can all spread a little bit of kindness during this difficult time.
When life is tough, Samaritans are here to listen at any time of the day or night. You can talk to them about anything that's troubling you, no matter how difficult.
Call free on 116 123.
Shout offers confidential 24/7 crisis text support for times when you need immediate assistance.
Text "SHOUT" to 85258.
If you are under 35 and feel that life is not worth living any more, call Papyrus's HopelineUK from 9am to 10pm weekdays and 2pm to 10pm on weekends.
Call HopelineUK on 0800 068 41 41.
Text 07786 209697.
Education Support Partnership
If you are a member of staff at the college or you work in education you can access the Education Support Partnership who offer a free 24-hour helpline.
Call 08000 562 561.
Therapy For You
Therapy For You is available to anyone over the age of 18 who needs support with their mental health. Using a range of different therapies including online courses, 1-2-1, group, telephone and video, there will be a service to meet your needs. It is a free service for those residing in Southend, Castle Point & Rochford.
You can contact Therapy For You on their website, by calling 01268 739 128 or emailing email@example.com
VitaMinds is your local NHS talking therapies service, known as IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies). It is a free service for those residing in Basildon & Brentwood.
You can self-refer on the website or by calling 01268 977 171 between the hours of 8am – 8pm Monday – Friday and 9.30am – 12.30pm Saturday.
Mental wellbeing audio guides
On this page you can listen to a series of mental wellbeing audio guides to help you boost your mood.
You can listen to them privately, in your own time, to help you through feelings such as anxiety or a low mood.
Havens Hospices Coronavirus Crisis Bereavement Line
A telephone helpline open seven days a week for bereaved adults and children from across Essex, whose loved one has died directly or indirectly as a result of Coronavirus.
Call 01702 220 321
Switchboard is a helpline for the LGBT+ community. The helpline is there to help you with whatever you want to talk about. Nothing is off limits. They want to support you so when you finish your call or chat you feel like you have options.
Call 0300 330 0630 Open 10.00 to 22.00 every day.
Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. The online community is a safe place to listen, share and be heard.
Sign up online or you can download the Elefriends app from Google Play or the App Store.
Most GP’s are still running telephone surgeries so you can book an appointment to speak to them about your mental health if you feel you may need medical support. You can also contact the NHS or emergency services on the numbers below.
Urgent, non-emergency medical advice
If you need help urgently but are not at risk of death or serious illness, use the NHS 111 non-emergency advice online.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
People with hearing problems can use the NHS 111 British Sign Language (BSL) service