Mental Health Awareness and Support during COVID19
We will be adding Resources regularly to this page in the coming weeks and months ahead so stay tuned.
Health Care Apps to help you during COVID19
Click Here: apps4healthcareni.hscni.net
Health and Social Care (HSC) in NI in partnership with ORCHA (Organisation for Review of Care and Health Apps) has developed a library of high quality, convenient Apps to support health and social wellbeing during these difficult times.
The outbreak of COVID-19 has impacted on us all, leading to unprecedented changes in our everyday lives. The restricted living conditions and daily challenges we face can lead to feelings of stress and other difficult emotions.
Health Minister Robin Swann said: “Since taking up post as Health Minister I have made mental health and wellbeing a priority. In these unprecedented times it is hugely important to consider the impact that this deadly virus can have on our lives, including the impact on mental health and wellbeing.
“We must support people to look after their mental health and this new App library will provide a one stop shop where the public can access safe and secure apps to help them during the pandemic.”
The Apps included in the library provide useful support and information on how to manage stress and improve wellbeing, sleep management, staying fit and nutrition.
You can access the Apps Library via your smart phone or PC at:
Welcoming the Apps Library, Dr Kevin Dyer, Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the Health and Social Care Board said: “In the current COVID19 crisis, finding the most effective health care apps that meet trusted standards is so important. People need assurance when selecting apps to feel confident that the information being provided is accurate, and that the apps are both secure and helpful.
“I am pleased that we can offer this assurance to the public and HSC staff and I am delighted that we are launching our own HSCNI Apps library. It will be a great enhancement to our existing eHealth services across NI.”
In the longer term, the Apps Library will be extended by HSCNI to support everyone, including health care professionals dealing with the impact of the pandemic and other medical conditions including for example, Diabetes and Asthma.
Hugo Van Woerden is the Director of Public Health added; “During the coronavirus pandemic, is it essential that we all take steps to look after our mental and physical wellbeing.
“As we are required to stay at home as much as possible, digital technology offers a unique opportunity in the current circumstances to access support in an innovate and quick way from the comfort of our own living room.
“The new Healthcare NI Apps Library is an excellent example of effective collaboration.
We look forward to working with our colleagues in the HSC Board, Department of Health to ensure the Apps Library is further developed with additional apps, as we meet the ever- changing needs of people within the cycle of the COVID19 pandemic.”
Mental Health Helplines
- Lifeline – a crisis-response helpline service operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you are in distress or despair, you can call Lifeline on 0808 808 8000 and talk to an experienced counsellor in confidence.
- Samaritans – A safe space for you to talk: 116 123
- Childline – If you are a child or young person, you can talk to Childline by phoning: 0800 1111 for free, 24hours a day or online at www.childline.org.uk
- 24 Hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline – Free phone support, advice and signposting for men and women: 0808 802 1414
- NSPCC Helpline – helping adults protect children 0808 800 5000
- Inspire Workplace Helpline – Formerly Carecall 0808 800 0002
All of the helplines above are free to call.
For all other local helplines for a variety of services in Northern Ireland, please visit: Helplines Network NI
- Useful Websites
Recovery College - Reaching Out Campaign
Click here to visit the Recovery College Page where you can find more resources to help you learn about and manage your mental health and wellbeing.
Click on the image above to view Finding Hope, the Western Trust Recovery College’s guide to help and support for mental health and wellbeing in the Trust area.
Here at the Recovery College we are constantly trying to develop new ideas to reach out to people. This has become more challenging since our classes have been cancelled, however, it’s helped us to appreciate that there are more ways to get our messages of hope, control and opportunity out to our students. Having hope, taking control and seizing opportunities helps aid growth and development, and our overall wellbeing.
To view the videos and resources as part of the Reaching Out Campaign – Click Here
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
Click Here to visit the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Page
- When your parent is a keyworker – advice for children and young people – Click Here
- What is Coronavirus? – Story book for Children – Click Here
- Talking to Children about illness – Click Here
- Supporting Parents of Children and Young People during Lockdown – Click Here
- Advice for Keyworker Parents – Helping Your Child Adapt – Click Here
- COVID19 Bereavement Resources – Click Here
Mental Health Awareness Week Messages
Health Improvement, Equality and Involvement Department
As part of Mental Health Awareness Week the Health Improvement, Equality and Involvement Department have developed a resource ‘In a World Where You Can Be Anything Be Kind’ highlighting advice, signposting and online training to support your mental health and that of your family. There’s also lots of ideas for ways to share the kindness with other people. Click Here
Health and Social Care Board
Take 5 Messages: