Covid-19 Health and Wellbeing

Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at home because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

You may feel bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also be low, worried or anxious, or concerned about your finances, your health or those close to you.

It’s important to remember that it is OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently.

Remember, this situation is temporary and, for most of us, these feelings will pass.

Staying at home may be difficult, but you are helping to protect yourself and others by doing it.

Below is a list of further support if you feel you need it, but ring 999 if you need emergency support.

The government has wider guidance on staying at home as a result of coronavirus.


Public Health England – Easy Read document

Download Public Health Englands Easy Read document on Looking after your feelings and your body during the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Free online mental health webinars

Lancashire and South Cumbria Foundation Trust are hosting a weekly live webinar called ‘Mental Health Family Hour’ every Tuesday at 10am.

You can view a ‘taster session’ done by the team, with a focus on anxiety and can be viewed on the Mindset You Tube Channel.

The Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline

The Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline is now open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help people deal with the implications of the coronavirus pandemic and their mental health.

If you need mental health support call 0800 915 4640 or text ‘Hello’ to 07862 022846.

For more information visit Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust.

Sunnah Sports Plus presents – Ladies only Swimming (Aged 16+)

Sunnah Sports Plus are inviting expressions of interest (EOI) for anybody that is interested in learning to swim at a private pool with the aid of a female instructor in a female-only environment.

Free Classes – Nature, Art and Movement

Green Close are offering free friendly 6-week courses and one-day events on reducing anxiety and stress, boosting your mood and improve your confidence.

Mental Health Family Hour

The following video from the NHS Lancashire Care Trust is beneficial for both young people and parents, as the video talks about things from both perspectives. 

The Mental Health Family Hour, which focused on young people’s mental health. The focus of the episode was young people’s mental health, where we spoke about: anxiety, lack of motivation to do any work and the fear of losing someone to COVID-19.  

Emergency Support

If you or someone you are supporting needs emergency support and are in distress, please ring 999. 

If you need mental health support call 0800 915 4640 or text ‘Hello’ to 07862 022846.





Support Services

Information and guidance on services in the Preston area.

Wings Centre

Wings Centre



Al-Anon Family Groups

Al-Anon Family Groups


Talk to Frank is a natinal drug education service. Click the image to locate local drop in centres in Preston

Lancashire Care

If you click on the directory of services, then type what you are searching for a range of options will pop up.


Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard.

Lancashire Recovery College

Learn new skills to support your health and wellbeing Free courses in Central Lancashire.

The courses, which are being run by the Lancashire Recovery College, cover a range of topics that also include sessions on artistic meditation, stress, how to relax and dealing with gambling

Peer Talk

At PeerTalk we aim to set up a UK network of volunteer facilitated peer support group meetings for people who live with depression and to support their families

Disability Equality NW

Disability Equality North West is a Disabled People’s Organisation. The main aim is to further the human rights of disabled people across the North West and we provide a number of user-led services to support disabled people and achieve this aim.

Military Veterans mental health service (NHS)

You can get expert help from the NHS Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS) or the NHS Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service (CTS).


Home-Start Central Lancashire is an early intervention, family support charity which gives families support and friendship during difficult, challenging times.  They support parents as they grow in confidence and strengthen relationships with their children.


As a UCLan student, your health and wellbeing is very important to us. Alongside our on-campus medical centre and pharmacy, you have access to trained counsellors and mental health advisors

Young Addaction

Young Addaction Lancashire

We are a young people’s substance misuse service for under 25s. We cover Preston, South Ribble, Chorley and West Lancashire


Lancashire Mind

Our vision is Mental Wellbeing for All and with your help we can stop misconceptions about mental health, develop resilience in people from an early age and work with communities to build a happier Lancashire.

Central Lancashire Haven

The Haven is a welcoming and nonjudgemental place for individuals struggling socially and emotionally with life challenges or who are in crisis.

Caritas Care

A peer advocacy service for people with learning disabilities in Lancashire.

A day service for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities in Lancashire

Art Group in the Harrid Uclan room.

Lancashire Women

We’re working towards a Lancashire where allwomen and girls are valued and treated as equals, and are empowered to be able to transform their lives.

Release into Victory

Childhood Sexual Abuse Adult Support Service

RELEASE into Victory is a support service for adults over the age of 18 who have experienced or are affected by Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA).

Ideas Lancashire

Providing opportunities for autistic adults training for professionals, volunteers and carers

Alzheimer's Society Group

If you or someone you know are worried about or affected by dementia, we are here for you. Get advice on a range of topics and find support near you.

Happy Daze

Men’s mental health group

For those living with depression, anxiety or isolation

Men in Sheds

Age Concern’s men in sheds project brings blokes together to utilise old skills and to make bespoke items like garden furniture, gates, fences and bird boxes whilst socialising with like-minded gents in the process

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Let's Grow Preston

Let’s Grow Preston is community based environmental charity, promoting physical and mental wellbeing through volunteering in horticulture and creating and improving green spaces in Preston to impact the lives of people living in those communities.

Gamblers Anonymous

Local support group that use the same 12-step approach to recovery from addiction as Alcoholics Anonymous. There are also GamAnon support groups for friends and family. Self-help tips for problem gamblers

The Foxton Art Group

Peer-led art activities group who meet at the Harris UCLan room on Weds pm

Paul 07597 830554


Every Dad, connected to parenting resources, entertainment and each other

Inspire Lancashire Integrated Substance Misuse Service

We provide all aspects of drug and alcohol treatment, including open access, structured treatment and referral to tier 4 rehabilitation. Our aim is to promote recovery from addiction and dependence and support people to make positive changes to their lives.

Art and Mind Group

Peer-led group exploring art & wellbeing

Meeting at the Harris (UCLan room every Thurs afternoon).

Lizzie Bryson


Soundskills offer a variety of projects and self-help groups.

Including Absolutely Everybody kids club, Creative Routes art group, Monday music, Brookie offbeat Samba group and creative crafting


Sahara is a voluntary organisation working predominately for the benefit of black and minority ethnic (BME) women and men.

Sahara provide a free and confidential service.

Lancashire Deaf rights group

This group welcome those who have some form of deafness, to fight against discrimination and barriers that prevent them to lead a normal life.

Preston mandala centre

NON-PROFIT Community Interest Company supporting Mental & Physical Health and wellbeing in Preston.

We aim to help you live your best life by maintaining physical, mental & emotional health. 

Mums United Movement

One mission – to connect and communicate with Mum’s in the North West, collaborating with local companies to help provide services to new mums and to get Mum’s of the North West moving! Combatting postpartum social-isolation and loneliness, through exercise and free activities.


At Mood we aim to work alongside others to help them develop the tools to better their wellbeing. Empowering people to empower themselves

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Myplace is currently offering free online sessions helping you connect with nature .

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Shout 85258

Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope.

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Together all

Togetherall formerly known as Big White Wall help with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues – from anxiety, depression, stress and trauma, to relationship problems and lifestyle challenges.


SANE’s vision has remained consistent throughout its history: to raise public awareness; excite research; and bring more effective professional treatment and compassionate care to everyone affected by mental illness.


The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is a leading movement against suicide. They run a free and confidential helpline and webchat – 7 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone who needs to talk about life’s problems. They support those bereaved by suicide, through the Support After Suicide Partnership (SASP). 


Our mission is to deliver a better life for people severely affected by mental illness by meeting not just their mental health needs, but also supporting their physical health needs, their place within their community and their right for control over their lives. We all support those caring for individuals in the community.

Papyrus UK

Prevention of young suicide. Are you, or is a young person you know, not coping with life? For confidential suicide prevention advice visit our website or  contact

OCD Action

We’re here to make a lasting difference to anyone affected by OCD.

We provide support and information to anybody affected by OCD, work to raise awareness of the disorder amongst the public and front-line healthcare workers, and strive to secure a better deal for people with OCD

Turning Point

We provide a wide range of health and wellbeing services.

Whether you come to us with drug or alcohol issues, a mental health concern or a learning disability, we’ll give you the individual support you need.

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With You

We’re one of the UK’s leading drug, alcohol and mental health charities. We believe everyone can change

Suicide Awareness Prevention UK

Suicide Awareness/Prevention UK is a voluntary organisation built to support people experiencing mental health problems. SAPUK offers a unique one-to-one chat service and leads campaigns related to improving mental health and suicide prevention

Spectrum Community Health CIC

Spectrum Community Health CIC is a social enterprise that delivers a range of community and offender healthcare services. Spectrum delivers enhanced primary care services across the North of England

Red Rose Recovery

We’re a Recovery Infrastructure Organisation. This means we provided a network of support throughout your journey and beyond. In short, we’re here for you whenever you need us. Also, we can help you find activities or any training opportunities you might wish to pursue.


Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people

Change Talks

A newly formed social enterpise who deliver educational talks, workshops and events focusing on mental health. ChangeTalks mission is to revolutionise the way we think, talk and act about mental health. 


Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria have partnered up with ORCHA. ORCHA carry out independent and impartial reviews of health and care related apps, and you’ll see that the resultant information is clearly presented for throughout the website

Zero Suicide Alliance

The Zero Suicide Alliance is a collaboration. All committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond. The alliance is ultimately concerned with improving support for people contemplating suicide by raising awareness of and promoting FREE suicide prevention training which is accessible to all.

Mental Health Learning

Mental Health Learning is a North West based organisation, founded with the community in mind. 

We bring knowledge and build skills around serious topics to the heart of the community because our community is where it really matters. 


An all in one portfolio combining Kane’s ‘Personal Journal’, his professional ‘StoryWork Journal’ and his ‘Wanderlust Journal’.


Health, Advice, Recovery, Resilience, Information Bus

The vehicle is available to hire for a whole range of health events and campaigns. It’s the perfect vehicle to support communities and promote local services to a wide audience in just a few hours.

Mental Health Learning

Mental Health Learning

Mental Health Learning is a North West based organisation, founded with the community in mind. 

We bring knowledge and build skills around serious topics to the heart of the community because our community is where it really matters. 

Preston Wellfest Community Network

Preston Wellfest Community Network

The network includes local NHS, public health, public sector and charity organisations along with local people with mental health experience or interest.

ICANN Telephone Befriending Service

ICANN Telephone Befriending Service

Would you like someone to talk to regularly?

It can be a lonely time at the moment, particularly if you are used to sharing your home and time with others.

Please call Icann on 01772 746061, stating your name and contact phone number clearly and that you are interested in accessing our Telephone Friendship Service.