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New Surrey online hub for mental health support during lockdown

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New Surrey online hub for mental health support during lockdown

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 2:20pm 4th May 2020.

People in Surrey needing mental health support during the coronavirus lockdown can now access it online through a new hub launched by the county council.

As part of moves to help the most vulnerable and ensure socially isolated residents remain connected during COVID-19 isolation, Surrey Virtual Wellbeing has been set up as a one-stop shop - replacing face to face sessions.

Residents wanting help for mental health issues or emotional wellbeing can view, register and access online activities.

These include virtual coffee mornings, group chat sessions and tailored exercise classes from third sector organisations including Community Connections (Richmond Fellowship, Catalyst, Mary Frances Trust and their partners), Age UK Surrey and The Surrey Coalition of Disabled People. 

The council says more organisations could be signed up as the project progresses - and the hub will carry on running after lockdown to continue supporting those in need.

The initiative is a joint partnership between Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership, Surrey County Council and Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Tim Oliver, Leader of Surrey County Council said the Hub would help residents "stay connected" and have their mental wellbeing needs looked after.

Professor Helen Rostill, Director of Mental Health at Surrey Heartlands and Chief Innovation Officer and Director of Therapies at Surrey and Borders Partnership, said this first stage would connect those people needing support with third sector organisations - and that the next step would be "to  explore how we can expand on this to include other mental health services such as talking therapies."

Residents can access the hub by visiting the Healthy Surrey website here

Those who are unable to access the online service, can access emotional wellbeing support through a free, 24 hour confidential helpline on 0808 802 5000 (in high demand periods an answerphone system may be in place) or by SMS Text 07537 432411 (staffed Monday to Friday 9am-2pm).