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Mental health

Looking after your feelings and your body - easy read versionDownload a government leaflet about looking after your feelings and your body during COVID-19

You may find that spending long periods inside the home can be stressful or frustrating, and this is understandable. Moods and feelings can be affected and people may feel low, worried or have trouble sleeping.

Trying to focus on the things we can control, such as behaviour, phone calls, routines and getting out for fresh air may be helpful.

Every Mind Matters provides simple tips and advice to start taking better care of mental health, particularly now, including limiting time spent online or absorbing the news.

Services in Camden have adapted to support people dealing with mental health issues generally, but particularly for people who are struggling due to increased pressures from isolation and from stress related to coronavirus. You may already have good support links and relationships with organisations that you trust and it may be good to contact these services now.

Camden has a Resilience Network which comprises of a group of mental health charities and community organisations. They are working together to make services more accessible.

How to get support

Camden residents not known to Camden mental health services can access the following voluntary and community sector programmes, which can link them into different services:

Care Navigation and Social Prescribing service supports with a range of needs not necessarily specific to mental health. More information can be found on Age UK Camden's website. You can self-refer to this service by calling 0800 193 6067 (always leave a message to receive a return call) or by emailing Camccg.socialprescribingreferral@nhs.net.

Healthy Minds Social Prescribing service is for people with more established mental health needs. More information including how to refer is found on Mind in Camden's website. You can call 020 3317 6257 or 020 8938 2703 for information, but to be referred you will need to speak with your GP.

Healthy Minds Programme offers an open programme and a referral process/criteria for people who need more intensive support. Face to face services are no longer available but each week. Visit Mind in Camden's Healthy Minds web page to download the new temporary online programme, Healthy Minds Digital Collective.

You can find more information and complete a referral form downloadable from Mind in Camden's Healthy Minds web page. You can also call 020 7241 8996 for more information.

Camden Hub 6-8 Session Service is a time limited prevention service to keep people well in the community. Further information is available from Likewise's website.  To discuss services that might be available you can call 020  7278 4437 or email contactus@likewise.org.uk

General information about support and resources can be found from Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, Coronavirus / COVID-19 Changes to our services and general advice.

iCope Psychological Therapies Service offers a range of resources such as suggestions, webpages, podcasts and applications, that may help, iCope COVID-19 useful advice and suggestions.

iCope accept self-referrals to their service, and you will receive a brief phone call offering practical and emotional support suggestions.

Acute and urgent mental health services

Camden and Islington NHS Trust Crisis Team

If you are in mental health crisis you are urged to telephone the 24 hour 7 day crisis line

Telephone: 020 3317 6333

Or contact your usual community mental health team

Camden & Islington NHS Trust has moved the service normally offered in emergency departments to a 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service at St Pancras Hospital.

The service will see people who need urgent care for their mental health so that they do not have to go to a hospital emergency department unless they have an urgent medical need. Emergency departments are under increased pressure due to COVID-19,  the illness caused by coronavirus.

If you attend the 24 hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service in person then you will be seen, however, a call should be made before attending to ensure that you only leave the house when necessary.

Information about all acute and urgent services provided by Camden & Islington NHS Trust is available.

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