Earlier this week, mental health support charity Samaritans launched a new web app called Samaritans Self-Help. With access to face-to-face support services currently limited due to Covid-19, this new digital channel provides an additional level of support for people struggling with their mental health, and is particularly beneficial for those who may feel anxious about using telephone or face-to-face services anyway.
The web app includes features such as:
- Mood tracking log
- Evidence-based interactive coping techniques
- Recommendations for manageable mood-boosting activities
- Crisis safety planner
Samaritans product manager Felix Macpherson said: “Over the past two years we have worked alongside people who have experienced emotional distress and suicidal thoughts who have found it difficult to talk to a Samaritans volunteer, in order to understand what they find most useful for coping with distress.
“We brought the launch of Samaritans Self-Help forward in the hope that it will prove a valuable place for support for those observing social distancing, facing prolonged isolation or lacking the privacy to make a call to the helpline.”
Positive actions for difficult times
From muscle relaxation to breathing and written exercises, the app offers people a range of techniques for coping with difficult feelings, as well as suggestions for non-screen activities that people can build into their daily lives to help themselves cope. Whether it’s meditation or exploring volunteering opportunities, the activities cover a wide range of topics including kindness to yourself as well as kindness to others.
As well as launching the new app, Samaritans has also created new online resources for people who are supporting someone who is struggling, which include practical ways for people to look after themselves when they are supporting others.
Mental health minister Nadine Dorries said: “During these extraordinary and unprecedented times, it’s so important we look after our mental health and wellbeing as well as our physical health. Each and every one of us knows the steps we can take to look after our emotional wellbeing but this app will be a fantastic resource for anyone struggling during the outbreak or looking for additional support, and I’m sure will make a real difference to so many people.”
Visit selfhelp.samaritans.org to create a free login and try it for yourself!