Help if you’re self-isolating

Mental health and wellbeing support

Self isolating can cause difficulties with our mental health and wellbeing. Things can be made worse when we cannot meet up with our friends and families.

In an emergency, if you feel your life or someone else’s is in danger, call 999, or go to your nearest Emergency Department (A&E) – in Buckinghamshire, this is at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

If you can’t do this by yourself, ask someone to help you. A mental health emergency should be taken as seriously as a physical one. You will not be wasting anyone’s time.

If you need help fast, either:

  • call 111
  • contact your GP

Help for children and young people

Buckinghamshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

If you are aged 16 or 17, or are a parent or carer of a young person you are concerned about, you can contact the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service.

Phone: 01865 901951 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm)
Website: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Childline (national agency)

Childline counsellors are there to support anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through.

Phone: 0800 1111 (9am to 3.30am)
Website: Childline

Kooth (online support for young people)

Kooth is an anonymous online support service for people aged 11 to 18 years.

Website: Kooth

Youth Concern

Youth Concern offers emotional and practical support for young people aged 13 to 25, suffering abuse, poverty and homelessness.

Website: Youth Concern
Phone: 01296 431183

Young Minds

Young Minds provides information and support for young people and parents to look after their mental health.

Website: Young Minds

For anyone

Bucks Disability Services (BuDS) - BuDDies Befriending

Our BuDDies service offers companionship and support to some of the most isolated disabled people in Buckinghamshire.

Website: Bucks BuDDies
Phone: 01494 211179

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

Young Minds provides information and support for young people and parents to look after their mental health.

Website: Calm Zone
Phone: 0800 585858 (Monday to Sunday, 5pm to midnight)

Every Mind Matters

Simple and practical advice to get a healthier mind and get more out of life, online and through a variety of apps.

Website: NHS.UK: Every Mind Matters

They also have special advice to help cope with the experience of COVID-19.

Website: NHS.UK: Every Mind Matters - Coronavirus

Healthy Minds Bucks

Healthy Minds Bucks has a range of leaflets and short videos to help cope with coronavirus. If you are registered with a Buckinghamshire GP you can self-refer for free, NHS psychological therapies.

Website: Healthy Minds
Phone: 01865 901600

Mental Health Helpline

The mental health helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide mental health advice.

Call 111 to access the mental health helpline.

Adults mental health service: 0800 783 0119
Child and adolescent: 0800 783 0121


Mind offers a variety of online information and support, and a helplines for information about mental health problems and mental health law.

Website: Mind
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri 9am-6pm)

They also have a coronavirus information hub.

There is further information and advice, including support for people bereaved by suicide, on the Buckinghamshire Mind website.

PAPYRUS (Prevention of Young Suicide)

A confidential support and advice service for children and young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide, or anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide.

HOPELINEUK is open 9am to midnight every day

Phone: 08000 684141
Text: 07860 039 967
Website: Papyrus UK

Samaritans (24 hours)

If you need someone to talk to, we listen. We won't judge or tell you what to do.

You can contact the Samaritans for free, any time of day or night, on 116 123.

Other ways of contacting the Samaritans are listed on their website, and they also offer a self-help app.

Website: Samaritans
Shout (free 24/7 text service). Text "Shout" to 85258