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Bucks residents urged to colour in for mental health helpline

The 24/7 service was launched to support children, young people and adults struggling at the moment.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:44am 18th May 2020. 2-minute read.

Bucks residents urged to colour in for mental health helpline

Buckinghamshire's mental health support services are continuing their work despite lockdown. 

Oxfordshire's NHS trust is among providers urging people to use their services if their mental health is suffering. 

To raise awareness for their 24/7 mental health helpline they are asking Bucks residents to print out, colour in or create posters to display in their windows. 

8 Bucks colour in mental health helpline

The round-the-clock helpline aims to make it quicker and easier for people across Buckinghamshire to get the right advice for their mental health and emotional well being. 

DoctorJohn Pimm, lead for psychological therapies and head of Healthy Minds, and explains its a very anxious time for many:

"Worries about their health, or health of their family members. People maybe feeling quite isolated, feeling quite low about things but also people who have had quite difficult experiences because of this."

There are two helpline, one for adults and the other for children and young people.

The hope is anyone who is struggling with existing or new mental health challenges seeks help through the service.

Doctor Pimm explained its helping to fast-track help during lockdown:

"That means they can get someone on the other end of the phone who knows about the different services that are available that is able to find out more about the problem and arrange an appointment with a clinician to discuss what their difficulties are."

The number for adults is 01865 904997 and for children and young people the number is 01865 904998.

During office hours, people who already use mental health services should contact services directly using the numbers in their care plan.

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