At Healthwatch Slough we have heard from many people telling us about how the pandemic and lockdown have affected their mental health.
Below are reports we published which include feedback around mental health.
Every July 24, The Samaritans run a campaign to remind those who are struggling that they are here to listen 24/7 and that you are not alone in your troubles. They have recorded an increase in calls and contact during the pandemic.
You can read their research here.
If you don’t want to call The Samaritans but are looking for advice and support, they have some really useful advice and information on their website about how to look after your mental health:
The Samaritans also have a Self-Help app which you can download to track your moods and follow self-care advice and programmes to look after your mental health every day:
At Healthwatch Slough we can also signpost you to local mental health and wellbeing support services if you are struggling to find the help you need. You can get in touch with us on 0300 0120184 between the hours of 10:00 – 16:00 Monday to Friday.
If you are going through a hard time and need someone to talk to:
Call the Samaritans free on 116 123
If you prefer, you can email them: firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more here:
Here is a list of other useful organisations for specific problems: