There are a number of local and national sources of support and advice to help you maintain good mental health and wellbeing should you be feeling anxious, under too much stress, having trouble sleeping, or struggling to cope. See the range of mental health and wellbeing services and support available to you below.
The outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected all our lives and understandably many people will be feeling very anxious at the moment. Many of our services have adapted their approach to be able to support you online or over the phone during this time.
Barnet Wellbeing Hub
For people who would like mental wellbeing support, Barnet Wellbeing Hub (based at the Meritage Centre, Church End, Hendon, London NW4 4JT) has moved all of its service provision online and via phone, including yoga classes, virtual wellbeing cafes and emotional health checks.
To find out more call 03333 449088 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SilverCloud free online CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
If you are experiencing anxiety, stress and sleep difficulties, SilverCloud are providing a free online CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) support programme.
For further details, please visit their website at: https://beh.silvercloudhealth.com/signup/
AgeUK Barnet Covid-19 help (over 55 years old)
Are you struggling to cope on your own or have you received a letter from the NHS stating you are part of the “shielded group” and have been strongly advised to stay at home until the end of June, and are in need of support? AgeUK Barnet can assist you with essential shopping, organising prescription delivery, befriending or accessing the handy person scheme.
Please get in touch with Age UK Barnet via email at email@example.com or call their helpline 020 8203 5040.
Community Barnet Covid-19 help (18 to 55 years old)
Are you between 18-55 years old? Are you struggling to cope on your own or have you received a letter from the NHS stating you are part of the “shielded group” and have been strongly advised to stay at home until the end of June, and are in need of support? From Monday through to Sunday, 9am to 5pm during this period, you can get in touch with Community Barnet for support with essential shopping or getting your prescriptions delivered or just someone to talk to.
Get in touch with Community Barnet via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling their helpline 020 8016 0016
Mind in Barnet IAPT
Mind in Barnet IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) are offering counselling support.
To find out more about this service, get in touch by calling 020 8343 5703 or emailing Counselling@Mindinbarnet.org.uk.
Let’s Talk IAPT in Barnet
Let’s Talk Barnet IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) offers assessments and short-term therapy for people with mild to moderate low mood or anxiety to people aged 16 and over registered with a Barnet GP. People can refer themselves directly by visiting: email@example.com or calling 020 8702 5309
Secondary mental health services
Secondary care is services which generally will need a referral from a GP. Examples of secondary mental health services are hospitals, some psychological wellbeing services, community mental health teams (CMHTs), crisis resolution and home treatment teams (CRHTs), assertive outreach teams and early intervention teams.
If you are requiring secondary mental health service support and are not currently known to these services already please call 03000 200 500.
If you are known to secondary mental health services in Barnet and requiring support from your care coordinator please contact your care coordinator or contact the BEHMHT (Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust) Hub on 03000 200 500.
BEHMHT Crisis Resolution Team
If you require crisis mental health intervention and support please contact the BEHMHT (Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust) Crisis Resolution Team by calling 020 8702 4040
NCL suicide prevention and bereavement support service
If you are experiencing suicidal feelings or thoughts or affected in any way by suicide and you are over 18 years old, you can contact the new North Central London helpline, provided by Rethink Mental Illness.
The new service has been initiated to ensure people can access additional support during the COVID-19 pandemic and is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6pm-8pm and on Sunday from 6pm-9pm.
- Freephone: 08088 02 00 80 Calls to this helpline are free from landlines and mobile phones within the UK and do not appear on itemised bills.
- Text message: 07860 058 793 Text messages are charged at usual network rate and texts will be responded to during helpline opening hours.
- Web-chat: which can be accessed during service opening hours by visiting the Rethink Mental Illness website.
Crisis Text Line UK
Shout an affiliate of Crisis Text Line® in the UK that provides free, confidential support, 24/7 via text. It’s the first free 24/7 texting service in the UK for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. Shout is available in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
Text SHOUT to 85258 in the UK to text with a trained Crisis Volunteer.
National mental wellbeing resources and crisis helplines
Good Thinking is a London-wide NHS digital wellbeing service designed to support low-level mental health needs. It offers digital self-assessment followed by a range of personalised, clinically approved digital and local interventions based on your preferences and location.
Self-isolation can be a frustrating and lonely time. For tips on how to stay well if you’re self-isolating at home, visit the MIND website.
Every Mind Matters
The One You Every Mind Matters website has expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing, from advice to other support helplines.
Sleepio is an online self-help programme to help reset sleeping patterns without relying on sleeping pills. There are six core sessions and each takes about 30 mins. It requires a time commitment over a 6 – 8 week period. You can access Sleepio via the Good Thinking website.
NHS Moodzone is an NHS mental health and wellbeing resource containing advice, mood self-assessments, self-help materials and treatments and other people’s stories.
Things to do
Keep active at home
The NHS has 24 free instructor led videos covering aerobics, strength and resistance and Pilates and yoga at the online NHS Fitness Studio.
Short on time? Here are some handy 10-minute exercises.
Practicing mindfulness can help calm anxieties should you start to feel overwhelmed. There are several freely available apps:
- Insight Timer – available on Apple iOS, Android
- Headspace – available on Apple iOS, Android
- Calm – available on Apple iOS, Android
Online Mindful Yoga & Movement classes with Inclusion Barnet
Inclusion Barnet are now offering free mindful yoga and movement classes online.
Other community wellbeing support
- Employment or benefits support - BOOST 0208 359 2442
- Debt or legal advice - Citizens Advice Barnet 0300 456 8365
- Dementia support - Alzheimer’s Society 0203 725 3001
- If you have a learning disability or Autism - Barnet Mencap 0208 349 3842
- If you are a carer - Barnet Carers Centre 0208 343 9698
- Disabled People Peer Support - Touchpoint Barnet 0203 475 1314
- If you need Personal Assistance – PA Choices, NHS Choices search, care directory
- Jewish Care 020 8922 3222
- Grants and financial support
- Home library service
- If you have a hearing impairment the Jewish Deaf Association (JDA), (open to all faiths) staff and volunteers are communicating using FaceTime to alleviate isolation. For people who are unable to communicate with their GP, hospital or pharmacies, JDA can liaise with them using FaceTime and phone on their behalf to make arrangements. JDA has a group of volunteers who are supporting with shopping and could possibly assist with prescription collection from pharmacies and deliveries, if essential.
- If you are living with hearing loss and need practical advice, help and support visit Action on Hearing Loss
- If you are blind, partially sighted or experiencing problems with your sight and need support, please visit the Barnet Borough Sight Impairment Group or Middlesex Association for the blind.