Stay connected, stay positive and stay safe.

Just as you are finding your way through this uncertain and difficult time, as an organisation, we are too.

The whole world as we know it is shifting and adapting. However, some things remain the same and one constant is our commitment to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our local community. Now more than ever, our services are needed and demand is increasing every day.

While our offices may not be open, we are continuing to support existing and new service users remotely via the telephone and online. We’re also sharing advice and guidance online especially across our social media feeds and working in partnership with the local authorities to provide specialist assistance wherever necessary.

People are living in very new and different ways and experiencing diverse concerns and issues. It’s inevitable that the vulnerable are likely to feel more vulnerable while isolated and those that rely upon a routine to help them through each day will struggle more than others. Then there are those who are typically emotionally resilient but now find themselves anxious or depressed because of the challenging situation and the sense of unknown. Some people may have adapted and found a way to make this new restricted way of living their new 'norm' and if so that's great. Some people may still be struggling and having good or bad days, and that's ok too. It’s important to remember that no one planned for this and we're just trying to do the best we can and some days will inevitably be better than others. And that's ok. Accepting this isn't ideal for any of us and that we don’t have all the answers makes life a bit easier I think.

The one thing that we do know though is that it’s vital that we take care of our mental health and wellbeing, particularly now. We are here for anyone who is struggling to cope, who is feeling depressed or anxious. You just have to reach out and we’ll be there to help you.

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