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Lifeline

For people who are experiencing distress or despair.

0808 808 8000

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Helps anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night.

0800 1111

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MindWise and Coronavirus - An Update from our CEO

Mon, 30 - March - 2020

MindWise remains committed to meeting the needs of the most vulnerable in our society.

We know that this is an uncertain time for many of our clients and service users, as well as those who are living with mental health issues.  We've created a Coronavirus and Mental Health resource to help you in supporting your mental health, know your rights, and to access help and support. 

At MindWise, our three aims are to, "Stay Calm, Stay Connected and Stay the Course". 

Stay Calm

  • MindWise services are essential.  We are part of the wider health and social care network - it is essential that we are able to deliver our services to our clients who are some of the most vulnerable in our community.  Our Housing services - which are peoples' homes - and our Northern Ireland Appropriate Adult Service are operating business as usual, ensuring all our clients and safe and supported. We are closely following advice and updates from the Public Health Agency and the Government. Our client and staff safety is of the utmost importance. 
  • Our community services are moving into providing support on the phone and online. We will ensure we are supporting our clients when they need us most. 
  • A number of our estates will be operating with skeleton staff, and our Head Office is closed. Staff have been advised to work from home, where possible.
  • We're supporting our staff with regular Teams meetings, as well as our dedicated Coronavirus Wellbeing Hub. 
  • We're supporting our staff who are self-isolating. 

Stay Connected

  • Our staff continue to have the means to connect with and safeguard our clients.
  • Email, our staff intranet and telephone are the key methods of communication.
  • We're actively reaching out to other vulnerable people during this time and keeping in touch. 

Stay the Course

  • We want to sustainably develop MindWise through this period and beyond. Our mission is and remains transforming lives by developing new visions for mental health. 
  • This crisis has opened up innovation and new ways of working, to help us to keep being there for people affected by mental illness, now, and for the next 50 years. 

We are a resilient organisation and we have a passionate and dedicated Team of essential health and social care workers, with a supporting professional infrastructure.

Together we will come through this.

Anne Doherty, Chief Executive