Mental health, we are here for you

By Dr Wirin Bhatiani

Coronavirus has taken a terrible toll on people’s lives and physical health.

Less obvious are the serious and potentially long-lasting effects it is having on people’s mental health and wellbeing.

After a year of lockdowns and restrictions, many people are desperately worried about their family and friends, or stressed about their job and income.

Isolation has been particularly tough for young people, who are missing their classmates or struggling with remote learning, anxiety, poor sleep and loss of interest in anything.

Technology has been invaluable in helping people to work, learn and stay in touch: but virtual relationships are not the complete answer.

Please be assured that people are here to help.

Services in Bolton have adapted to ensure they can continue to provide vital mental health and wellbeing support during the pandemic.

  • For help with anxiety or depression, contact Single Point of Access which can refer you to the most appropriate service. More information is on our website.
  • Silverwellbeing provides telephone therapy and online counselling, including support for bereavement and loss, for anyone living, working or studying in Bolton: email silverwellbeing@1pointbolton.org.uk.
  • Free support is available 24/7 from the Samaritans. Call 116 123 or visit their website.
  • The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership has details of other support in Bolton. This includes Shout, a free 24/7 text service.

For support for children and young people, visit Bolton’s Be Kind to My Mind website.

This has been created by young people for young people and has details of organisations such as Kooth, which offers mental health support to anyone aged 11– 25 in Bolton; Chat Health, a confidential text service for young people and parents/carers; and Bolton Lads’ and Girls’ Club which provides group and individual support.

The Covid-19 vaccination may hasten the end of the pandemic, but we must not allow this to be followed by a mental health pandemic. Please seek help if you need it.

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