Mental health: Where can I find support?

There's no denying that things are tough for many of us right now and it's important that we take care of our mental health, just as we look after our physical health.

Everyone has been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic in some way. It's thrown schedules and routines into disarray, isolated individuals from their support networks and created financial worries for many. These issues affect everyone differently. We've put together the following resources to help you care for your mental health and access the best services for you. 

Taking care of your wellbeing during the pandemic:

With so much uncertainty in the air, it's perfectly normal to be confused or unsure of how you feel. The NHS offers an online Mood self-assessment that can be helpful for understanding how you've been feeling recently. With this information, you'll more easily be able to find the resources and support that are relevant to your situation.

Cycling isn't just excellent physical exercise, it's great for our mental health too. Getting outside for some fresh air and a change of scenery is more important than ever, you can find our latest guidance on cycling during the pandemic here.

Volunteering is also a great way to support your wellbeing, please see some of the benefits of volunteering on your mental heath and wellbeing.  A recent survey showed that 82% of our Member Group Secretaries are satisfied or very satisfied with their life nowadays and 80% found their volunteering role worthwhile or very worthwhile. This year Mental Health Awareness Week theme is kindness. Volunteering is the perfect platform to demonstrate structured kindness please see our Cycling UK volunteering opportunities.

Other support services:

From keeping your surroundings clean and tidy to remembering to take a pause for some 'me time', the following resources will help you take care of your general wellbeing:

Mind - The mental health charity Mind have some excellent tips and advice for taking care of your wellbeing during the pandemic

Every Mind Matters - This NHS service offers excellent advice on how to cope with how you may feel whilst staying at home.

Anxiety UK - Resources and support for those suffering from anxiety due to Coronavirus

If you're concerned about yourself or a loved one, the following helpline and support groups will be able to offer expert advice:

The Mental Health Foundation - Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.

Samaritans - Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

YoungMinds - Information on child and adolescent mental health, including services for parents.

Refuge - Advice and support on dealing with domestic violence.

Relate - The UK's largest provider of relationship support.

Cruse Bereavement Care - Support, advice and information for children, young people and adults when someone dies.

National Gambling Helpline -  Confidential help for anyone who is worried about their or someone else’s gambling.

AA - Support for those suffering from alcohol addiction