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Mental health support available to everyone

by Jonathan Kearney

The last few months have put extra pressure and strains on our health and wellbeing, but support is available to people who are struggling with their mental health at this time.

Whether it’s dealing with stress, anxiety, low mood or lack of sleep, help and support is available.

Websites such as Kind to Your Mind has resources including online therapy courses and specific advice around dealing with mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

It also includes dedicated crisis helplines, including 24/7 support for people living in Knowsley. If you need immediate help, call 0800 051 1508.

The Hive Men’s Group, which is based in Huyton, continues to meet remotely via Zoom every Wednesday evening from 7-8pm. New people are very welcome – simply contact Tom on 07950 987 944 for more details on how to join the call.

Young people in Knowsley aged between 10 and 19 years can access free counselling and wellbeing support with Kooth. The online support is free, safe and anonymous and you can get advice on a range of topics developed by young people themselves, chat to the friendly Kooth community or speak to a member of the Kooth team.

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has been challenging for everyone and it is so important to look after your mental health at this time. While it’s vital we work to stop the spread of coronavirus we should never neglect our mental health and wellbeing. You should never feel like you’re alone or have nowhere to turn because there is so much support available to you. Sometimes simple changes or advice can have a big impact on your life and your health and wellbeing.”

A wealth of resources and mental health support can be found here.