We understand that the current situation is difficult and stressful,. We are saddened that we are unable to provide our usual support and encouragement to you. Instead, we are offering free video support/mentoring and phone support. This service is available for our current members, carers and individuals with additional needs, autism and mental health barriers.
Have a look below for more information, and get in touch if you feel you can benefit from this.
We are offering a free service for individuals to receive support and have a safe space to talk through any worries or stresses in more depth.
Sessions can be up to 45 minutes and you can have a session every week or when you feel you need it. This is done through Zoom with someone who has experience in mental health and therapy work.
You will need access to a computer or phone, and have a space you feel comfortable in to talk.
Experience of mentor:
Trainee MSc Art Psychotherapy
BSc Psychology and Counselling
Counselling Skills Certificate
Member of BAPC
If you want something lighter and just a blether, give us a call or a text.
Phone Danielle on 07931 560936 (9am to 5pm) or Paula on 07948 212504 (9am to 5pm).
Or WhatsApp on 07931 560936 if you find talking stressful or message our Facebook page, Uppertunity.
Use the above number if you just want to chat if you're feeling lonely or stressed, or need help with something. We can't solve all the problems, but we can be a listening ear or signpost you to further support.
If you are isolated and need assistance:
- For information about accessing local services please contact Dial-OP on 01382 305757 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are feeling stressed or anxious:
- Phone Samaritans 24/7 on 116 123
If you are at risk of abuse or domestic violence:
- Call Refuge 24/7 on 0808 2000 247
There are other helplines available. If there is something else you need that is not listed above, please contact email@example.com or 07931 560936
1. Support each other. Check in with your friends and family, as well as with isolated and elderly family and neighbours.
2. Connect with each other. Although the government rules means less face-to-face interaction, make sure you are still digitally connecting to friends and family. Video chats, funny photos, texts, phone calls. Keep chatting.
3. Stay active and busy. Make sure you are stretching and doing some form of exercise. Do things you enjoy such as drawing.
4. Keep healthy and have a routine. Life will go back to normal, so it's best to stay as normal as possible till then. Eat healthy meals, don't snack all day. Set a daily routine and plan tasks for each day.
5. Stay positive and calm. Yes, it's stressful now, but it will get better. Focus on the present. If you are struggling, ask for help. Together, we will come out stronger.