Coronavirus – update

Due to the impacts of Coronavirus, many of our services have remained available but have been delivered in an adapted way, to ensure we keep people safe. Here is an update on all aspects of our services and activities.

We are still here to support you over the phone and online, having adapted our activities that are normally delivered face-to-face to continue remotely. We have delivered limited, safe and socially-distanced support in exceptional circumstances where this is crucial to people’s wellbeing.
 
Our decisions have been taken in line with guidance from the government and Public Health, to ensure the maximum safety of everyone. 

For details on support available from other services which complements the work of Stockport Mind – as well as other key links and information – please click here

Telephone/email support
 
We are still available for anyone (you do not have to have been a user of our services) to phone for support during our standard opening hours. If you can’t get through right away, please leave a message and we will get back to you – 0161 480 7393

Our hours are Mondays/Wednesdays 9.30am-1pm, Tuesdays/Thursdays 9.30am-4.30pm (closed for lunch 1-1.30pm), and we are closed on Fridays.

You can email us too – info@stockportmind.org.uk

If you need to speak to someone immediately, please look at the helpline numbers here:

Stockport Council have set up a support network and dedicated helpline – please see details of the helpline here, and a further page here which includes links to support around: money, health, for older people, domestic abuse, housing, counselling, special educational needs and disabilities, homelessness, Carers, advocacy, food poverty, mental health and safety. 

Groups
 
Our groups – Rendezvous, Singing 4 Fun, Hearing Voices, Thursday at One and Carers Choir – haven’t been running as normal, but we have kept in touch with group attendees over the phone. Group members can continue to keep in touch with us by phoning our helpline. Our Thursday at One art group has been continuing virtually, with members and guest contributors alike welcome to submit their artwork. Our Carers drop-in has continued but via video call.
 
Office
 
Our Dove House office is closed to the public until further notice.

One-to-one appointments
 
If you’re already under our Carers or Isolation and Engagement services, telephone support continues to be available – 0161 480 7393 for the Isolation Service, 0161 475 6229 for Carers Support. For new referrals you can contact us on the same numbers.

It is likely that you may need to leave a message but we are monitoring the answer machine and will get back to you. We will be on the other end of the phone as much as possible within standard working hours.

What if I’m worried I may have the virus? 
 
If you have any concerns that you may have the virus, head to https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/.

Resources and support from other services

Click here for up-to-date advice on the virus from the NHS, and here for the up-to-date advice from the government.

This blog from Mind, ‘Coronavirus and your wellbeing’, has lots of information and resources about how COVID-19 might affect your life, and how to manage worries and anxieties around this, as well as a comprehensive range of practical tips to take care of yourself and loved ones at this concerning and difficult time.

Mind also have Coronavirus support resources specifically for young people, workplace teams, and parents/Carers of those aged 11-18. Mind are part of Our Front Line as well, joining with other mental health charities to ensure frontline staff and key workers have round-the-clock support available.
 
We would advise that you try as much as possible to keep active with things like exercise, music, films, or anything else that interests you. Avoid negative social media and try to look at factual information – as linked above and below – and take care of yourself and loved ones as much as you can.

More resources and support

There are many other services and groups out there providing support and information at this difficult time. We have produced a separate page for this, so please click here for details.

For our arrangements, please keep an eye on this website and our social media, which we will update with new information as we go. Take care of yourselves and each other, thank you.
 
Shirley Williams (Chair), Collin McCabe (Manager), and staff
Stockport and District Mind

How you can support us
 
Giving to others is one of the five ways to wellbeing, and we know lots of kind and amazing people out there like to help us and other charities out, even at times of personal tragedy and difficulty.
 
Therefore, if you want to help us so we can continue to support people at a time when our services are needed more than ever, a small donation to our Emergency Appeal would be very welcome.