16 Apr Free mental health helpline launched amid Coronavirus fears and police reports of increased incidents
Mental health treatment specialists Smart TMS have launched a free mental health helpline to provide support for those struggling with mental health concerns brought about by Covid-19.
The helpline has been launched amidst police reports that mental health incidents and attempted suicides have already increased since the introduction of the lockdown in the UK, showcasing the damaging effects of long-term social distancing policies and anxiety brought about by the virus on the nation’s mental wellbeing.
Smart TMS’ helpline also provides an alternative to oversubscribed NHS talking therapies – this comes as the mental health charity Mind reports that the waiting list for cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and other talking therapies on the NHS is typically several weeks, with over half of patients waiting up to 3 months to access support and one in 10 waiting for over a year.
The helpline is a completely free service and provides callers with an opportunity to book a 30-minute appointment with a Smart TMS practitioner, to receive support and advice on how to manage their anxieties and any exacerbation of existing mental health concerns as a result of the circumstances surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic. The first hour of the helpline’s opening hours will represent a priority hour for NHS workers whose mental health has been impacted whilst working to stem the virus outbreak.
As experts in mental health, Smart TMS’ qualified practitioners are offering additional support for those suffering from increased anxiety or worsening mental health due to the COVID-19 pandemic:
Smart TMS Mental Health Support Helpline
UK: +44 (0) 20 3855 4578
Ireland: +353 1 592 3560
Lines open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm