Coronavirus support for Sandwell businesses: mental health and wellbeing

For over a year, the Covid-19 pandemic has been testing people in ways we could never have imagined. Add to that our separation from friends and family, and we have a very difficult situation. Please treat yourself gently – and support your team members to look after themselves too. Below are some links that may be helpful.

This page was last reviewed in April 2021.

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Here is government guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus.

Personal support: someone to listen

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has a 24-hour support line for all Black Country residents (adults, young people and children) requiring urgent mental health support during this health crisis. You can reach it on 0345 646 0827.

Sandwell Healthy Minds offers psychological therapy services for people over 16 experiencing common mental health problems such as low mood, depression, anxiety and stress. Call 0303 033 9903 (8am – 5pm, Monday to Friday).

For anyone under sixteen, the online mental wellbeing community Kooth provides free, safe and anonymous support.

The Black Country Emotional Support Helpline can be contacted on 0808 802 2288. It is open from Monday to Friday from 6pm to 1am and on Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 1am.

The Samaritans line is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for you to talk about anything you’re going through. You can call 116 123 for free.

Personal support: resources

Healthy Sandwell covers all aspects of mental and physical health, from losing weight to sexual health, and challenges surrounding everything from early years to ageing.

The Sandwell Family Life website has contact details for a wide variety of support services such as counselling and meditation, English language and immigration support, after school clubs and recreation activities, relationship help, money management and job hunting.

Nationally, Every Mind Matters from the NHS offers articles, tips and even this Your Mind Plan quiz to get top tips tailored for you.

When under stress, some people may turn to smoking, drinking or drugs to help them cope. Cranstoun Sandwell provides free and confidential advice and support to adults in Sandwell who would like to talk about alcohol or drugs. The website includes drug and alcohol self assessment tools to help you assess your use, or you can call on 0121 553 1333. For local support to stop smoking, visit the Everyone Health website, or call 0333 005 0095.

The Mental Health Foundation has shared many resources to help you look after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

This post from the mental health charity Mind relates to coronavirus and wellbeing. It’s a useful one to share with people who may be anxious.

If you are a carer, we know this may be a particularly difficult time for you. Please see the support available from Sandwell Crossroads which includes advice for unpaid carers and bereavement support (you can download the information letter here).

The NHS Every Mind Matters programme also has a lot of advice for those supporting children and young people at this difficult time.

BBC Sounds has a selection of mental health-boosting listening options, which includes a special edition of the Mindful Mix with David Attenborough.

For employers and colleagues

ACAS – the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service – has a suite of pages on health and wellbeing, including a dedicated section on coronavirus and mental health at work.

This free Thrive at Home mental health toolkit from the West Midlands Combined Authority is for employers and managers, to help their businesses support employees who are working from home.

The charitable organisation Embrace Resilience is offering online tools – including free courses – to ‘improve the mental health of your workforce and their families’.

In November 2020 the Enterprise Research Centre released this paper: ‘Talking about workplace mental health: How do employers in the Midlands understand and experience mental health issues?’
Aston Business School has released a series of podcasts focusing on the stories of SMEs responding to the coronavirus crisis. One of them looks at mental health, and includes interviews with Rosie Ginday of social enterprise Miss Macaroon and Dr Wladislaw Rivkin, an expert in leadership, wellbeing and employee resilience.

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