Infectious disease outbreaks, like the current Coronavirus (COVID19), can be scary and can affect people’s health and wellbeing. This page has guidance to help during this time.

 

Mental Health

We are all having to change the way we live by staying home and maybe not being able to see the people we care about. This might feel strange, uncomfortable and stressful. There is lots of support available to help us through this.

The Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation mental health support helpline is available 24-7 for adults, older adults, and children and young people requiring urgent mental health support during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Call 0345 6460827, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Press 1 if you live in Sandwell or Wolverhampton. Press 2 if you live in Dudley or Walsall

Please see the links below for further support:

MIND UK

NHS Every Mind Matters (Stay well at home)

Mental Health Foundation (Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak)

Samaritans

COVID19: Government guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing

 

Wellbeing Guidance – please follow the links for the most up to date information

If you have a long term health condition, your GP can give you specific advice.  Below are links to sites with general information on how you can look after yourself during the outbreak if you have a long term condition.

Asthma

Diabetes

Heart Disease

Cancer

 

Pregnancy

Pregnant women do not appear to be more severely unwell if they develop coronavirus than the general population. As this is a new virus, how it may affect you is not yet clear. It is expected the large majority of pregnant women will experience only mild or moderate cold/flu like symptoms.

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists COVID19 and Pregnancy

 

Domestic Abuse

This is a difficult and worrying time for everyone – but particularly so for adults and children living with domestic abuse. Please follow this link to find more information for victims of domestic abuse and their children.  

 

Financial Guidance:

Please see below links to guidance on the following

Benefits

Pensions

Scams

Support and advice

Loan Sharks

Support and advice

 

Bereavement

This is already a difficult time and it may be made more so if you are bereaved.

Support and advice

 

Healthy Eating

Eating a healthy diet is important to maintain health and boost your immunity.

 

Local services and organisations

For locating and contacting local services and organisations please visit Dudley Community Information Directory.