Health leaders at Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) are urging people struggling with mental health challenges during the coronavirus outbreak to continue to access local support.
Local mental health services have adapted to social distancing measures by setting up phone lines and online support so they can help people who were already accessing services before the outbreak.
This week – Mental Health Awareness Week – BNSSG CCG is reassuring people that services are still in place and here to help those who need them.
GP and Mental Health Lead at the CCG, Dr David Soodeen said: “The changes to our lives and uncertainties around the coronavirus outbreak have, understandably, caused many people a great deal of anxiety which can be especially difficult for those who already experience mental health challenges.
“We want to reassure people that mental health services are still running throughout the outbreak and encourage people to continue to access these if they need them. Please don’t suffer in silence - reach out for support if you are struggling to cope.”
If you are concerned about your mental health please speak to your GP or you can self-refer via the Vita Health website. There is also a list of useful support services which can be found on the Independent Mental Health Network website.