The Big Rotary Cornish Coastal Footpath Challenge
We all know that the coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on our mental health and we also know that doing physical activity can help improve our wellbeing. It can help with better sleep, happier moods and help us manage stress and anxiety.
We are very proud to announce the launch of our very exciting challenge, The Big Rotary Cornish Coastal Footpath Challenge, lead by the Rotary Club of Truro Boscawen. We have invited the 29 Rotary Clubs across Cornwall to join us in raising mental health awareness and funds through sponsorship during the month of August.
Each club will be asked to walk one or several sections of the Cornish coastal path and invite family and friends to join them. It’s a team effort and our motto for the event is that ‘a good walk can do wonders for your mental wellbeing’. Cornwall Mind has a team of enthusiastic staff and volunteers ready to walk and help raise those vital funds, you can donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cornwallmindteamchallenge
Social distancing will be easy to maintain and the 293 miles of Cornish scenery will be stunning. Our joint efforts can help us to make a significant impact on mental health support in Cornwall in addition to encouraging us to look after our own mental wellbeing.
A big thank you to Rotary Club of Truro Boscawen rotary-ribi.org for leading on this, and thank you to all Rotary Clubs that are taking part, your involvement is really appreciated and we are looking forward to walking with you!
For map information, updates and news visit the Rotary Club of Truro Boscawen website and our social media platforms.
Understandably, we had to respond to the coronavirus pandemic by following Government guidelines to keep clients, volunteers, staff and the community safe. This means we had to stop our wellbeing groups and appointments back in March.
We are currently busy planning how we can safely restart our usual services, adapting where necessary and making sure we are Covid-19 secure. We want to continue supporting the people in Cornwall during this difficult time. We have reopened our garden and allotment projects and will be offering other services via telephone or video call. Our Creative Writing Workshops are already running via Zoom and the feedback has been great. Please bear with us while we make the adjustments, we will keep you posted in our news page and on social media.
If you need support please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond to your email as soon as we can.
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Coming out of lockdown
Mental Health Support
If someone is in immediate danger
If you are in a mental health crisis, or know someone who is, then here are some ways you can get help. If you, or someone you know, are at immediate risk of harming themselves or others, then please ring 999.
For other crisis situations
The first step in getting help can often be speaking to your GP. All GP surgeries will have a ‘duty GP’ to deal with emergencies, and you can contact the surgery to make an emergency appointment to see them or speak to them on the phone. Outside of normal working hours, you can access the out-of-hours GP service by ringing 111. If you, or the person you’re concerned about, is already in contact with NHS mental health services, then you should have a care plan which outlines what to do in a crisis. This might be to contact your GP or the Adult Mental Health Team that supports you.
What can I do to help myself cope?
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or out of control, you might want to try different methods of calming yourself down. There are some specific strategies that a crisis team might try to use with you to manage and minimize any symptoms you might be experiencing.
Someone to talk to
- To talk about anything that is upsetting you, you can contact Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can call 116 123 (free from any phone), email email@example.com
- If you’re experiencing a mental health problem or supporting someone else, you can call SANEline on 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm–10.30pm every day).
- Text support, Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help, https://www.giveusashout.org/
- If you’re under 25, you can call The Mix on 0808 808 4994 (Sunday-Friday 2pm–11pm), request support by email using this form on The Mix website or use their crisis text messenger service.
- If you’re under 35 and struggling with suicidal feelings, or concerned about a young person who might be struggling, you can call Papyrus HOPELINEUK on 0800 068 4141 (weekdays 10am-10pm, weekends 2pm-10pm and bank holidays 2pm–10pm), email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07786 209 697.
- If you identify as male, you can call the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) on 0800 58 58 58 (5pm–midnight every day) or use their webchat service.
- If you’re a student, you can look on the Nightline website to see if your university or college offers a night-time listening service. Nightline phone operators are all students too.
- If you identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, you can call Switchboard on 0300 330 0630 (10am–10pm every day), email email@example.com or use their webchat service. Phone operators all identify as LGBT+.
Mind operates an Information Line which provides information on types of mental health problem, where to get help, medication and alternative treatments and advocacy. It operates from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays)
- 0300 123 3393
- Or text 86463
Elefriends is an online, supportive community provided by Mind, www.elefriends.org.uk
Mindline Trans+ is a confidential, mental health support helpline for people who identify as Trans, Agender, Gender Fluid, Non-binary and also supports family members and friends and provides signposting to other services and resources. Tel No: 0300 330 5468
True Butterflies Foundation can offer support to survivors of domestic abuse and their families in the Falmouth/penryn area. https://www.truebutterflies.org/support
Coronavirus practical help and support
There is a great community spirit happening across the county during this difficult time.
If you are isolated, lonely, can’t get to a shop easily, self isolating and can’t walk the dog, need a prescription getting or just want to hear a human voice, then here are some great sources of help and support starting. We will keep adding to this list as we find more.
Coronavirus Cornwall website covering Launceston, Bodmin, Bude and Callington. The aim of this website is to connect people in need of support with those who are able to offer support, and also signpost people to local services and information during this challenging time. https://coronacornwall.org
Volunteer Cornwall is taking referrals and getting people out on the ground, helping Cornwall residents feel less isolated. https://www.volunteercornwall.org.uk/latest-news/22-news/394-covid19-support
Feock Parish Coronavirus help with shopping, dog walks etc.https://www.falmouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Feock-Parish-Coronavirus-help-leaflet-.pdf
Falmouth and Truro volunteer support https://www.falmouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Volunteer-Support-during-Covid-19.pdf
Falmouth, Truro and Perranporth food support https://www.falmouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Food-Support-during-Covid-19.pdf
Falmouth – Providing meals for people that are isolated 01326 567526: https://falmouthfood.coop/
Roseland Surgeries Patient Group are offering support https://www.falmouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Roseland-Together-info-leaflet.pdf
Threemilestone & Gloweth Coronavirus Neighbourhood Support https://www.falmouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Threemilestone-Gloweth-Response-to-Cornavirus-Flyer-18.03.2020-3.p
Bodmin – Bodmin Town Council have set up a helpline service for people that do not have internet access. The hotline is a first response telephone service for people who have a problem associated with being isolated in their homes. This may include things like not being able to get food or medicines or a household emergency such as a boiler breaking down The hotline number is 01208 455 163. It will be manned by Bodmin Town Councillors and other local volunteers from 10 am to 7 pm. Outside of these hours, calls will go through to a voice mail service and callers will be contacted when the service reopens.
IT Telephone Support
Free telephone support to help you use your laptop, tablet or smartphone and access online services whilst you are self-isolating at home. https://www.cornwallrcc.org.uk/
Monday to Friday 10am-12pm and 1pm-4pm
For help with IT related questions, problems or issues
Call: 01872 243557 or 01872 243534
About Our Frontline
A single service to support millions of key workers
Leading mental health organisations have come together to provide, for the first time, a single service to support the millions of key workers who are putting their mental health under pressure as they form our frontline against the coronavirus.
Together, they are providing a round-the-clock service so they can be there for key workers, whenever and wherever they need support with their mental health and emotional wellbeing. By combining services they are able to offer practical, non-judgemental support with problems ranging from feeling overwhelmed or stressed through to coping with the bereavement of a colleague or family member.
This support is important right now. But it will be equally critical in the months ahead, when we want to make sure that we rebuild and recover the mental health of our frontline workers, alongside our economy and communities.
Our Frontline is a partnership between Shout, Samaritans, Mind, Hospice UK and The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Find out more about them here, join the social channels below, and see some of the latest updates and real-life stories from Our Frontline.
Financial help and support
Cornwall Council Website: https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/advice-and-benefits/benefits/benefits-and-coronavirus/
Citizens Advice: General Advice:Text ADVICE to 78866 Financial Advice: Text DEBT to 78866
An adviser will aim to call you back within 48 hours excluding weekends. Helpline: 03444 111 444 available Monday to Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm
Turn to Us
Providing financial support to help people get back on track. Website: https://www.turn2us.org.uk/get-support/Benefits-and-Coronavirus
Specific advice for financial support during Covid-19. Website:https://www.entitledto.co.uk/help/coronavirus_help
Get active at home
Supporting you to get active in fun and creative ways in the home and outdoors.
There are lots of resources available to help you to be more active in your home or outdoors in fun and creative ways.
Getting active when you’re short of time:
NHS 10 minute workouts: Only got a few minutes? The 10-minute workout ideas are perfect if you’ve only got a bit of spare time when you’re at home. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/10-minute-workouts/
10today: Tune in to 10 minutes of activity via the radio, online videos and on social media. https://10today.co.uk/
British Heart Foundation 10 minute workout: Work up a living-room sweat in 10 minutes with the British Heart Foundation. You only need a small space and no fancy gym gear to take part. Get started below!