Gloucestershire residents in need of mental health support during the coronavirus lockdown can turn to many places for help.

Anxiety about health, job security and finances, social isolation and changes in routines and family relationships are some of the many ways a person’s mental health can worsen during the pandemic, the local health and care trust said.

Health experts are encouraging people across Gloucestershire to look after their mental health and wellbeing, and can do so partly by connecting with friends and family over the phone and keeping the mind active.

Locally and nationally, there are agencies and websites someone can turn to for help, which include:

Contacting your local GP surgery if you are struggling with your mental health and finding it difficult to cope with everyday life.

Let’s Talk – 0800 073 2200 or

For more information on the Five Ways to Wellbeing or to find further support visit

The Samaritans on 116 123 or

Teens in Crisis –

Gloucestershire’s Rethink Self Harm Helpline on 0808 801 0606

Swindon and Gloucestershire Mind on

The trust said there are five ways to improve wellbeing, which are:

Connect with friends and family over the phone,

Be active, get outside once a day to exercise if you can or if you’re isolated try yoga or gardening,

Take notice of what’s around you and what’s happening happening in the moment,

Keep learning and keep your mind active,

Give a small act of kindness to a friend or volunteer for the community help hub.

Alex Burrage, consultant psychological therapist with the county’s NHS Let’s Talk service, said: “This is a really difficult time for all of us in different ways. None of us will have experienced anything like this in our lifetime and it’s only natural that we will be worried, unsettled and frightened about what lies ahead.

“While it’s normal to feel anxious and down, if it starts to take over and it stops you from functioning or feeling like yourself, it’s important to get help. The earlier you speak out about how you are feeling the sooner you can take steps to get better, so our message would be – don’t suffer in silence.”

Siobhan Farmer, deputy director of public health with Gloucestershire County Council, said: “It’s really important to try and maintain our mental health and wellbeing as much as we possibly can – all of the time, but particularly at the moment.

“It may be hard to maintain a routine, stay in contact with family and friends and stay positive but we all need to do what we can and support each other in doing this.”

Mental health lead for NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Lawrence Fielder, said: “Together, it’s important we do all we can to support people through these unprecedented times and recognise the impact this can have on the mind.

“Many of the routines we are used to have had to change and a great many people are having to juggle and manage family, financial and work related pressures.

“Our message is that advice and support remains available and if you are struggling to cope, we want people to know that asking for help and reaching out is the right step to take. You are not alone and there is someone to listen.”