STAYING SAFE AND WELL
Written by Paula Herrington on 9th January 2021
STAYING SAFE AND WELL
Every single person in this country has been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, but it has affected us all in many different ways. You might be having a crisis with money, or maybe you are feeling really low or even suicidal, maybe you or someone you know is suffering with domestic abuse, perhaps you’ve lost your job, have no food or money and maybe you are even having to sleep rough. Perhaps you are struggling with an addiction or something else you just need help with. Whatever your crisis is, you are not alone. There are lots of resources and services out there that can help you to stay safe and well, so here are just a few-
SUICIDE SUPPORT – THE ORANGE BUTTON SCHEME.
The Orange Button Scheme from Every Life Matters and Healthier Lancashire & South Cumbria is a Scheme which identifies individuals in the community who are trained in Suocide Awareness. The trained individuals wear an bright Orange Button and if you are someone who is thinking about suicide, these people are there to listen, they are approachable, supportive, non judgemental and caring. They will be an understanding and confidential listener and can provide you with information about suicide and signpost you to professional suicide support that is available in our area.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT – STEP CHANGE DEBT CHARITY.
If you’re worried about your financial situation, or maybe you have no money and no food, whatever your worry, if you are struggling with money and need urgent help please Call the Step Change Debt Charity FREE on 0800 138 1111 (Monday-Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday 8am-4pm),
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT – ABLE FUTURES.
Able Futures can help you manage your mental health at work so you can enjoy more good days. They can give you nine months advice and guidance from a mental health specialist who can help you learn coping mechanisms, build resilience, access therapy or work with your employer to make adjustments to help your mental health at work. Call Able Futures free on 0800 321 3137 from 8am to 10.30pm, Monday to Friday or apply online at able-futures.co.uk.
NEED A SAFE SPACE – BOOTS
Did you know? If you are a victim of domestic abuse you can access a safe space at Boots pharmacies consultation rooms where they can contact specialist domestic abuse services for support and advice. The scheme is in response to the recent increase in domestic abuse cases.
NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE – SAMARITANS.
The Samaritand run a 24/7 Support Line for anyone suffering a mental health crisis. So of you are feeling anxious, depressed, low in mood and just want someone.to talk to, then.please just call the Samaritans on 116 123, thats 116 123.
SOCIAL MEDIA WORRIES – FACEBOOK.
You might not be aware of this, but If a person you know on Facebook has written a worrying comment or post about struggling to cope or about suicide and you can’t get in touch with them, you can report the information to Facebook. Facebook will put Samaritans in touch with the distressed person to offer their expert support.
MENTAL HEALTH TALKING THERAPIES – FIRST STEPS.
If you have been struggling with your mental health, maybe finding life in general quite difficult or you feel constantly in a low mood, you can self refer to FIRST STEPs for Talking Therapies at https://www.lscft.nhs.uk/first-step
YOUNG PERSONS SUICIDE SUPPORT – PAPYRUS.
If you or another young person under the age of 35 are not coping with life, you can get confidential suicide prevention advice from Papyrus on their HOPELINEUK. They are open 9am to 12 midnight every day of the year. Call them now on 0800 068 41 41
MENS SUICIDE SUPPORT – CALM.
75% of all UK suicides are by Men. So if you are a man and.you are feeling miserable, get in touch with CALM ( the Campaign Against Living Miserably) – Call 0800 58 58 58 now. Its open 5pm – Midnight 365days of the year.
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT – SHOUT.
If you don’t feel comfortable talking to someone on the phone about how you are feeling but you need help, why not try SHOUT’s CRISIS TEXT SERVICE. All you do is Text Shout to 85258 to get immediate support over text.
SUICIDE EMERGENCIES – 999.
If you ever think that there is an immediate danger to your life or someone elses life because of suicide, never be frightened to just call the Police on : 999
SELF HELP APP – SAMARITANS.
The Samaritans have launched a new, free “Self-Help App” this year to encourage people to be kind to themselves and look after their emotional wellbeing. You can find it at www.samaritans.org
DOMESTIC ABUSE / VIOLENCE – 999 55 SILENT SOLUTION.
Are you aware of the 999 Silent Solution Telephone system. This is a special service offered by the 999 emergency services. If for whatever reason, you are in a difficult situation and not free to speak, all you do is call 999 and wait for the operator to answer then all you have to do is then either dial 55, or make any kind of noise like tapping the phone or coughing, crying or even just talking to the offender, these actions will alert the operator to the fact that you need help and you can’t talk.
HOMELESS OR ROUGH SLEEPING – STREETLINK
StreetLink exists to help end rough sleeping by enabling members of the public to connect people that are having to sleep rough with the local services that can support them. So if you know of someone that is sleeping rough, go to www.streetlink.org.uk now.
DRUG & ALCOHOL ADDICTION – CADAS
Cadas provides free and confidential services across Cumbria to community members who are experiencing a drug and alcohol problem and to those who support someone with a drug and/or alcohol problem. Call 0300 111 4002.
DRUG ADDICTION – FRANK
If you need free, friendly, confidential advice, on drugs and drug abuse, you can get it 24 hours a day 7 days a week by getting in touch with Frank on 0300 1236600 or you can Text 82111 with a question and someone will get back to you. More information available at www.talktofrank.com
DRUG & ALCOHOL ADDICTION – UNITY
Unity is a drug and alcohol recovery service, providing treatment and recovery support for individuals (aged 18 years and above) and their family members who are affected by substance misuse (including alcohol, illicit drugs and over the counter and prescribed medication). Call 01229 207020.
SELF-HARM SUPPORT – SAFA
SAFA provide self-harm awareness for all and are committed to making a positive difference to the lives of individuals who self-harm and to those who support them. For help and advice go to their website “safa-selfharm.com”
SELF EMPLOYED./ SMALL BUSINESS ADVICE AND SUPPORT DURING COVID-19 – BUSINESS DEBTLINE.
The Business Debtline is a UK charity that give free and independent debt advice over the phone and online. They will never cold call you and will not pass your personal information to other companies. Their Webchat service and their contact details are available on their website https://www.businessdebtline.org/
LOST YOUR JOB? – NEED HELP?
If you have lost your job as a result of Covid-19 and you need help or advice, then first visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-what-to-do-if-you-were-employed-and-have-lost-your-job
You can also speak to the NCS (National Careers Service) for advice on 0800 100 900. They are open 8am – 8pm Monday – Friday and 10am – 5pm Saturday.