WITH restrictions on daily life likely to continue for weeks, police have shared advice about mental health support in the county after speaking to a resident in need.

Lockdown measures to halt the spread of coronavirus have left some people completely isolated in their homes, and anxiety about the pandemic is also having a harsh impact on the wellbeing of many.

As part of the rules, healthy citizens are only allowed to leave their homes under a very restricted list of reasons like getting an hour of exercise outside, shopping for necessities or fleeing a dangerous situation.

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But some vulnerable people have had to cut off ties completely with the outside world, relying on good samaritans to help them.

Taking to Facebook, Thames Valley Police officers in Oxfordshire said they had spoken to a woman who needed a reminder about the non-face-to-face groups still running.

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Here is a list:

  • Oxfordshire Mind say that one in four people will experience bad mental health problems in their life – but the team can signpost anybody who wants to chat to the best place on 01865 247788
  • Samaritans are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 116 123
  • Shout is the UKs first free 24/7 text service for anybody who finds it easier to ping a message rather than physically talk on the phone. Text Shout to 85258
  • Rethink is a mental health advice line for people who need help and people who need advice on somebody they love. It is open from Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm or via email at info@rethink.org
  • Papyrus Hopeline was set up for anybody under the age of 35 who needs help with suicidal thoughts. The phone lines are open weekdays from 10am until 10pm, weekends from 2pm until 10pm and bank holidays from 2pm until 10pm at 0800 068 4141
  • The Mix is for anybody under the age of 25 struggling with general mental health. Phone 0808 808 4994 from 2pm to 11pm Sunday to Friday.
  • Age UK gives information and advice to elderly people as well as friendship and somebody to talk to at any time of the day on 0800 678 1602
  • The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) was set up to stop male suicide – the biggest killer in men under 35. If you are feeling down, or like you have hit a wall for any reason contact the volunteers through a webchat at thecalmzone.net or on the phone at 0800585858 – both are open 5pm to midnight 365 days a year.

In an emergency call 999.

In an urgent but not life-threatening event call police on 101 or the NHS on 111.