Coronavirus support for Sandwell businesses: mental health and wellbeing

This strange and unprecedented crisis is 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 tell your team to look after themselves too. Below are some links that may be helpful.

This page was last reviewed on Thursday 2 July.

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

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has launched 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.

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 Mental Health Foundation has shared many resources to help you look after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak. Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 18-24 May. See this post on kindness (this year’s theme) from the Sandwell Business Ambassadors.

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.

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.

Aston Business School is releasing 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.

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).

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

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