Mental wellbeing

The impact and experience of COVID-19 has been different for everyone, it has been a really difficult time for us all.

That's why it's so important to do what we can to look after our mental health and wellbeing, now more than ever.

On this page you will find information about where you can find support or what steps you can take if you are concerned for another person.

  • 5 ways to wellbeing 

  • Help and support lines

  • First contact plus

  • COVID-19 specific support 

  • Family support

  • Mindfulness, breathing and coping in a stressful situation

  • More support and information

5 ways to wellbeing

The charity Mind have created some steps to help you look after your wellbeing. These are the 'Five Ways to Wellbeing';

  • Connect
  • Be Active
  • Take Notice
  • Learn
  • Give

Visit our 5 ways to wellbeing page now for further information. 

5 ways to cope with lockdown stress- Thank you for our colleagues at Melton Sport and HA. Read their blog here.

Help and support lines

North West Leicestershire District Council have pulled together a range of support lines for you. Please visit our support helplines page to look at the support available to you over the phone.

Here are just a few more that are available:

Please note:
The inclusion of a link to an external website from nwleics.gov.uk isn't an endorsement of that website or service.

Elefriends: This supportive online community created by Mind provides a safe place to listen, share and be heard. You can sign up online for free.

National Domestic abuse helpline: Support for domestic abuse, sexual violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, honour based violence and human trafficking/slavery. 0808 2000 247 (Freephone 24hrs) or visit their website. 

NHS Mental Health - Central access point (CAP): For people of all ages across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland – including existing and previous service users and people who have never used mental health services before. It also supports carers, stakeholders and health and social care professionals looking for information and advice. 24hour NHS phone support for all urgent mental health needs. Tel: 0116 295 3060

Relate: Offers counselling services for every type of relationship nationwide. Contact 0116 2543011 or reception@relateleics.org

The Mix - essential support for under 25's: They are there to help you take on any challenge you’re facing - from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Talk to us via online, social or our free, confidential helpline - 0808 808 4994

United Against Violence and Abuse (UAVA): Domestic and sexual abuse service in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland - 0808 802 0028

Young Minds Parents Helpline: Helpline for parents or others concerned about a young person - 0808 802 5544

The Hope House Befriending Service: A service to support people whose life expectancy or quality of life will be affected by their condition, plus their carers and partners. For more information contact Carol on 07483 124926 or email

Hospice Hope Confidential Counselling Service: offer counselling service during this very difficult time by phone or video link. For more information contact Linda Mould on linda@hospicehope.org.ukor call 07516 505 421.

Leicestershire Recovery College: an NHS college offering a range of recovery-focused educational courses and resources for people aged 18 and over who have lived mental health experience. For more information contact 0116 295 1196 or email recoverycollege@leicspart.nhs.uk.

Wellbeing Supportive App for self-help - https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/worrytree/ 

Trussell trust foodbank services- https://ashby.foodbank.org.uk/

The way of the horse- Personalised and subsidised equine therapy. To learn more please visit here.

Supporting your mental health while working from home- to learn more and watch animated videos please visit here.

First contact plus

This system is a self-referral service for people living in Leicestershire to access support on mental health, finance, physical activity and much more. You can find the support you are looking for via:

Health SupportFinance SupportMake a self-referral

For more information, please contact Emma Knight on

Covid-19 Specific Support

There can be a lot of confusing and worrying information around, One Prepared can help you understand what is happening in your area. 

Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport have created an adult - wellbeing at home page. Here you can find information from One You, NHS Live well and Every mind matters plus more.

They have also created one for children and families, so here you can find cartoon workshops and reading plus more. 

The World Health Organization has also created some information on considerations for mental health and psychosocial during the outbreak. On page 4 there are messages for carers of children, and messages for older adults, people with underlying health conditions and their careers. And page 5 gives some messages for people in isolation.

Every Mind Matters have also provided us with 12 tips for mental wellbeing while staying at home, including tip number 8 - 'carry on doing things you enjoy'.

Mind have released a webpage called coronavirus and your wellbeing, and here you can find advice about taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during this difficult times, plus more. 

Mental health first aid England have created a YouTube video on supporting your mental health while working from home.

The government have released some guidance providing advice on how you can look after your mental health and wellbeing during the outbreak. You will find tips for what you can do to help your mental health and wellbeing, as well as advice for groups with specific mental health needs. Find their guidance for the public here.

Ways to protect mental health during Covid-19 - Take a look at the infographic to learn more about coronavirus and mental health.

The NHS and Suicide is preventable have released three new documents to support mental wellbeing during coronavirus: 

Suicide prevention - Where you can find mental health support during COVID-19 (list) (PDF Document, 0.19 Mb)

Suicide prevention - Getting the right mental health support for you during COVID-19 (poster) (PDF Document, 0.18 Mb)

Suicide prevention - 5 ways to wellbeing (PDF Document, 0.2 Mb)

Coalville Area Food Forum- Access to food and meals in and around Coalville during Covid lockdown restrictions. Coalville Food Leaflet (PDF Document, 0.47 Mb) 

Family support

This time can be quite stressful for people with families, juggling work and home schooling, finding activities to keep the children occupied, concerned about screen time, eating well amongst other concerns. Well the Children and Families Wellbeing Service are there to support your family.

Follow North West Leicestershire’s Children and Families Wellbeing service on Facebook here for advice, ideas, recipes and more.

Visit their service website to find out what support is available or call the Children and Families Wellbeing Services Triage Team on 0116 3058727

Also follow North West Leicestershire Home-Start on Facebook for lots of ideas and support.

The NHS and health for teens have created some new resources aimed at younger people and mental health support. Take a look at there three resources here; 

Mental health support in Leicestershire - guide for young people (PDF Document, 3.11 Mb)

Mental health support for children, young people and families during COVID-19 (PDF Document, 0.83 Mb)

Mental health support for children, young people and families during COVID-19 (poster) (PDF Document, 0.61 Mb)

Mindfulness, breathing and coping in a stressful situationMental health 2

Breathing and meditation

Why not try a relaxation on Facebook with Leigh's yoga at home. This link takes you to a 10 minute relaxation that helps relax your mind and your body. You will need a comfortable space that you can relax in.

There is also a breathing practice with Leigh available. Have a go and see if it makes you feel more relaxed.

Stress

So what is stress and how does it affect people differently? Here is some information on understanding stress from Mental Health First Aid England.

They also have their address your stress toolkit which was created as part of their 2018 campaign but still has lots of useful advice on including tips on self-care for stress. 

Mindfulness 

Mindfulness is described as the ability to be fully present in the moment. Read more about what it is from Headspace now.

You can also find out more about getting started with mindfulness from the Mindful website.

Headspace are now providing 3 free practices for relieving stress, walking at home, and panicking

They also offer a year free subscription to Headspace plus if you would like to learn and try more.

Mindfulness for children - Here is a mindfulness session for children.

More support and information

One-in-four adults and one-in-ten children experience mental illness during their lifetime, and many more of us know and care for people who do. 

St John's ambulance have created a great wellbeing self-assessment tool. On this tool you will go through 4 sections of questions around your personal mental wellbeing, including current wellbeing, stress factors, physical and mental health, and self-care. After each section you receive a tips and resources page and at the end of the tool a score for your overall wellbeing is provided. 

Download the Mental Health booklets from the British Heart Foundation and you will find all the information you need around common mental health problems, including: the early warning signs of stress and mental health problems, mental health awareness training, and managing someone with a mental health problem.

Why not try the NHS Mood self-assessment here.

Or look at NHS Resources of Mental Health.

Your mind plan is another great support tool from every mind matters. Take your time to answer the 5 questions in the interactive quiz and receive some top tips and advice for you.

Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport have also created their wellbeing at home page for adults. On here you will find advice about looking after your mental wellbeing at home. They have also created a page for children and families

Support with digital skills

If you need help getting online, Enrych Connect is a new service to help disabled people in Leicestershire get online. You can access their help by calling 01530 234 545 or by visiting their Enrych Connect website

Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport have created some webpages to try and support people with IT skills. There is a page for older and vulnerable people, which provides links to IT advice from BT. Then a page for helping families to get the most out of technology which also signposts towards support from BT. 

Other activities

Singing is said to improve brain activity and wellbeing and mood. The Alzheimer’s society have recently hosted, on Facebook, a national virtual singing for the brain singalong session

Leicestershire Libraries have made it possible to download brilliant eBooks and eAudiobooks from their Digital Library for free.

Last updated: Mon 9 May, 2022 @ 11:24