Some useful resources for guides seeking emtional support. Assembled by Dr Barry Walsh MITG, trustee of the Benevolent Fund.
It is understandable that many guides are feeling anxious about the Coronavirus Pandemic. NHS 111 is under pressure dealing with calls relating to the virus.
The NHS website, www.nhs.uk, has details of mental health services available in each borough. The Mental Health Support Services page allows you to find these services through a postcode search. Not all of the services are able to provide face-to-face support, but they are increasingly using telephone and internet support systems.
The following resources to support colleagues anxious about their situation has been put together by the British Guild of Tourist Guides Benevolent Fund. Whether you're concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines and support groups can offer expert advice:
Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm) Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk
24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.
Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm) Website: www.mind.org.uk
Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD.
Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider's Access Charge Website: www.nopanic.org.uk
Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline) Website: www.samaritans.org.uk