Mental health

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - looking after your health and wellbeing

To help yourself stay well while you're at home:

  • Stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media.
  • Try to keep yourself busy – you could try activities like cooking, reading, online learning and watching films.
  • Do light exercise at home, or outside once a day.

Mental health support

If you’re under the care of a mental health team and have a care plan that states who to contact when you need care and support, follow your plan.

To talk to someone about your mental wellbeing you can call the 24/7 NHS mental health telephone support helpline on 0800 038 5300 for advice and triage. Support is available to anyone, regardless of age, all day every day. If you or someone you know feels they need to access urgent mental health support, they will listen to you and asses how best to help.

The Samaritans operate a free to call service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, if you want to talk to someone in confidence. Call them on 116 123. Callers who are deaf or who have hearing or speech impairments can email jo@samaritans.org or use the Next Generation Text (NGT) service.

If you've had thoughts of self-harming or are feeling suicidal, contact someone you can trust immediately, such as your GP, or a friend or relative.

Call NHS 111 if you or someone you know requires urgent mental health care, but it is not life-threatening. Call 999 for mental health emergencies.

Feeling anxious or depressed?

Outlook South West's psychological therapy services are for people aged 16 and above in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

If you are registered with a GP practice in Cornwall, you can access also their NHS-funded therapies for mild-to-moderate anxiety and depression.

To register for help with difficulties such as stress, low mood, worry, anger, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), self-refer using the online registration form.