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Support during Covid-19 Outbreak

We understand that the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting our lives in a lot of different ways and it's normal for it to have an impact on your mental health. This page contains some resources offering information, advice and support during the Covid-19 outbreak. Further coronavirus support and information can be found on the University's Student Wellbeing Website.

At this difficult time it's normal to feel anxious, unsettled and low in mood, along with many other feelings. If you are concerned about your mental health, you can access our support by self-referring using the tabs above. We will be able to offer you sessions via Zoom (video or audio). 

Mindfulness

Cambridge University Mindfulness Society are currently hosting daily meditations, drop-ins and live sessions. 

Online support services

Mind's Good Life Service are offering University of Cambridge students access to their online Good Mood Café and Open Door initiatives. These are weekly supportive spaces. If you are interested in joining for the Easter 2020 term or would like to join the pilot (week beginning 20 April) click here for more information. 

The Mix offer free information and support to people under 25 years based in the UK and have an on-line chat forum for young people. They offer lots of advice about coping with Covid-19.

Helplines

Cambridge Nightline is pleased to announce that, although we're not going to be able to offer our normal service this term, we will be running an email service instead. From Monday 27th April, you can email us at email@cambridge.nightline.ac.uk and receive a reply from a volunteer within 48 hours. Our software will automatically strip any personal information so all contact will stay anonymous, just as before. Just like with our usual calls and instant messages, feel free to write to us about anything that's on your mind.

If you feel in need of urgent support, the Samaritans are free to call and are open 24 hours a day 365 days a year: 116 123 or email: jo@samaritans.org 

Online resources for your mental health

The University of Cambridge's Dr Olivia Remes shares her top tips on looking after your mental health during this difficult period - based on science.

Staying Mentally Healthy during Social Distancing, Quarantine and Exit Restrictions due to the Coronavirus is a self-help CBT workbook and guide for coping with the change in our lifestyles. (Note this guide was not produced in the UK so please ignore the emergency contacts and resources at the end.)

Listen to Cognitive Behavioural Therapists discussing coping with anxiety about coronavirus, including links to helpful articles.

The Anna Freud Centre website has lots of advice and information aimed at young people. This includes a self-care resource with over 90 simple strategies for overcoming low mood and anxiety, suggested by young people. There is also an urgent help page with a list of organisations offering 24 hour support by text, phone and email.

Listen to Brene Brown's podcast about Grief and Finding Meaning where she talks with grief expert David Kessler against the backdrop of the coronavirus. 

The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust offers guidance on working from home, including a Wellbeing Action Plan and Daily Planner to download.

The Mental Health Foundation offers a range of tips and advice including for mental health, finance and for those in abusive relationships.

Mind provide useful links and practical advice on maintaining mental health and wellbeing, specifically during Covid-19.

Advice from the World Health Organisation regarding mental health considerations , including for those in a care-giving role, and on coping with stress.

Young Minds offer strategies for tackling anxiety about coronavirus and dealing with self-isolation.

Work through this comprehensive guide for Living With Worry and Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty.

The UK Government have published official advisory pamphlets in English and other languages.

 

Bereavement

If you, or someone you are supporting, have been bereaved as a result of the Coronavirus, there are further website and support resources listed in our Bereavement page. The University Counselling Service has a leaflet specifically about coping with Bereavement during the Covid-19 pandemic

The bereavement organisation, Cruse, share how bereavement and grief may be impacted by this pandemic.

The charity, Sudden, support people after sudden death, including those bereaved, or supporting the bereaved by Covid-19.

Disordered eating

The eating disorders charity, Beat, has specific advice for managing during the coronavirus outbreak.

Sexual and domestic abuse and violence, assault and harassment

If you are ever in immediate danger, please call 999. 

National Domestic Abuse Helpline
Refuge runs the National Domestic Abuse Helpline, which you can call for free, and in confidence, 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247. Its website provides guidance and support for potential victims, as well as those who are worried about friends and loved ones. It also has a form through which you can book a safe time for a call from the team.


Refuge's website includes a range of resources on identifying the signs of domestic abuse, and a safety guide for women and children who are living with a perpetrator. It also features a tech abuse chat-bot with step-by-step instructional videos on how to secure devices such as phones and laptops. Look for the pink button in the bottom-right corner.


Women's Aid
Women's Aid has a range of direct services for survivors, including a live chat service and an online Survivors' Forum. They have developed additional advice specifically designed for the current coronavirus outbreak. You can also find your local domestic abuse service on their website. They also provide information on the support helplines available in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


Men's Advice Line
The Men's Advice Line is a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse and those supporting them.
Telephone: 0808 801 0327


Galop - for members of the LGBT+ community
Galop runs the National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse specialist helpline.
Telephone: 0800 999 5428
Email: help@galop.org.uk


Hestia
Hestia provides a free mobile app, Bright Sky, which provides support and information to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship or those concerned about someone they know.

Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre (CRCC)

Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre offers support to self-defining women and girls who have experienced rape, childhood sexual abuse or any other form of sexual violence. Their ISVA service also offers support to survivors of any gender (see below for more information).

Helpline number: 01223 245888

Their confidential telephone helpline is open on Wednesday 7pm-9.30pm, Thursday 7pm-9.30pm, Saturday 10am-12.30pm, and Sunday 10am-12.30pm.

Their email support service is available at support@cambridgerapecrisis.org.uk and they respond to all emails within 10 days.

The Elms

The Elms - Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) is a specialist centre in Cambridgeshire for people who have been recently raped or sexually assaulted. Staff at the SARC, will be able to talk through different options with you and can store forensic evidence until you make up your mind about reporting.  Should you choose to do so, they, or you, can make a report anonymously. 

Contact:

Telephone: 0800 193 5434 (9am-5pm)

Out of Hours Help Line: 0800 193 5434

Email Address: theelms.sarc@nhs.net

 

SurvivorsUK

SurvivorsUK is a national charity for male survivors of sexual abuse.

Contact:

Helpline: (0)20 3598 3898

The confidential helpline is open 6pm to 9pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and from 12pm to 2.30pm on Wednesday and Thursday. Informal web chat is also available.

 

Don't forget, University services are still offering support, including: 

Advice about remote working for disabled students is available from the Disability Resource Centre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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