Here's how to access mental health support in Hampshire during the Coronavirus lockdown

MENTAL health support remains on hand during the coronavirus pandemic, health chiefs across Hampshire have insisted.

Tuesday, 7th April 2020, 5:41 pm
Updated Tuesday, 7th April 2020, 5:43 pm

Teams are still working across the county but with increased precautions now in place to prevent the spread of the virus.

Mental health professionals are also providing help in other ways, via the telephone, text messages and video calls, as well as occasional home visits.

And as the pandemic enters its third week of UK-wide lockdown, health bosses have issued advice on how people can access support.

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Dr Nick Broughton, a psychiatrist and chief executive of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Nick Broughton, a psychiatrist and chief executive of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘During this difficult time it is all the more crucial to ensure mental health services continue to operate and provide effective care and treatment to patients. We are working hard to make sure our patients get the support they need, whilst preventing the spread of the virus.

‘We also know that people are feeling anxious and worried about the current situation, and that social distancing measures can be tough for many. That is why we are also sharing simple advice and guidance with the public to help us all look after our mental health and wellbeing while we stay at home.

‘Finally, we understand that even after the pandemic has passed, many will still feel its effects. That is why we are already planning to ensure that people are able to access the support they will need in the aftermath of the current crisis.’

A new mental health rapid response service has been launched, with calls triaged through 111 or 999 service before being routed to specialist teams.

In Portsmouth, the organisation PositiveMinds is offering support to anyone struggling with their mental or emotional health. The service can be reached on 023 9282 4795.

People already using community mental health services are urged to continue to contact their care teams in the usual way.

Sue Harriman, chief executive of Solent NHS Trust insisted teams were committed to helping residents across the county.

She added: ‘It is absolutely vital that in times like this that we look after ourselves and each other. We are incredibly fortunate to have some wonderful mental health services across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, and Solent NHS Trust is committed to ensuring safe and effective mental health care remains available to our communities.

Specialist advice on coping with isolation and dealing with mental health problems during the lockdown can be found on the NHS website.

Those facing a life-threatening emergency are urged to call 999.

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