As we go through the next few days and weeks, my team and I will continue to be here to provide help and support to those who need it. We are having to change some of the ways we are working but phone lines and emails will continue to be answered and all of my team are currently still working.
We have pulled together contact information for some of the other key organisations which might also be useful.
The most up to date information about the Coronavirus, from public health advice to guidance for workers and businesses can be found on the Government’s website here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
If you require any medical advice, the NHS website has important information about the virus here: nhs.uk/coronavirus
The Citizens Advice website also has a great deal of support covering a variety of different topics including the Coronavirus and can be found at: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ You can also call them on 03444 111 444
If you feel that it would be helpful to speak to the Samaritans their website can be found here http://samaritans.org and you can call them for free by dialling 116 123 from any phone.
Calderdale Council is providing a live-chat service throughout the pandemic if you need to contact them; https://bit.ly/CalderdaleLiveChat
For business support from the council and information on grants and business rate relief, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are staying at home and in need of help obtaining food or medicines or would like to volunteer to support those who do then please email email@example.com
If you are affected by any aspect of Domestic Abuse Calderdale’s Staying Safe team can help by providing telephone support including domestic abuse support, safety advice and access to legal advice: 01422 323339 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday).
OpenMinds Calderdale provides advice, information, support and signposting on local and national emotional health and wellbeing services that help children, young people and families who are going through a difficult time.
Healthy Minds is a Calderdale local mental health charity who are dedicated to providing support and offer a range of services to improve and maintain your emotional health and wellbeing. http://healthymindscalderdale.co.uk
In addition to these, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Mental Health has also produced a list of useful resources to support those with ongoing mental health needs and those who find that they might require some support for the first time over the course of the Coronavirus pandemic.
This dedicated Hub from Rethink Mental Illness includes information on the changes to the Mental Health Act and social care during the coronavirus crisis, as well as information for carers who are caring for someone with a severe mental illness and tips for staying active from your home.
There is Public Health England guidance for the public about how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak. It contains information for people with specific mental health needs or an existing mental health condition, which is part of wider guidance from Mind.
Every Mind Matters is another valuable resource during this period.
For constituents who are psychiatrists or are health care professionals, then this range of guidance produced by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and NHS England/Improvement may be helpful.
There are a number of free courses available with Future Learn that can improve your mental health and enable you to support others.
Finally, you can continue to contact my office on 01422 399 515 (10am – 4pm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org (please include your name, address and phone number)