NHS online services

Every Mind Matters

Everything you need to help you manage your mental health – tips and free resources offering simple steps to help you look after your mental health, reframe your thoughts, stay connected, stay fit and sleep better.

Website: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust Coping Leaflets

A series of leaflets about Coronavirus and mental health. The leaflets contain information about how the Coronavirus outbreak might affect your mental health, how to look after yourself, what to do if a problem persists, and where to find further information.

Website: www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/publication/coronavirus

For easy read guides on Coronavirus visit:

Website: www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/learning-disability-service/useful-stuff


Coronavirus and your wellbeing

The Mind charity provide helpful advice and ideas about how you can manage your wellbeing during the Coronavirus outbreak, as well as practical tips on how to plan and adapt if needing to self-isolate.

Website: www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing

Self-help leaflets

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust provide a useful self-help guide to managing stress.

Download: web.ntw.nhs.uk/selfhelp/leaflets/Stress.pdf

Be Mindful

A mindfulness course which is available online for improved mental wellbeing (£30).

Website: www.bemindfulonline.com


Samaritans is a free, 24-hour helpline which is open 7 days a week offering support to anyone if they are feeling distressed or in despair.

Phone: 116 123
Website: www.samaritans.org

Mental health apps

My Possible Self and Feeling Good (age 18+) are mental health apps which supports you to develop skills to manage anxiety and stress and improve your wellbeing.

Website: www.mypossibleself.com

Calm Harm is an app supporting those concerned about self-harm with managing emotions.

Website: calmharm.co.uk

Relax your body and mind with this series of NHS audio tracks designed to help you build confidence, energy and a positive mindset.

Website: www.nhs.uk/apps-library/feeling-good-positive-mindset


Self-help leaflet

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust provide a useful self-help guide to overcoming sleep difficulties.

Download: web.ntw.nhs.uk/selfhelp/leaflets/Sleeping%20Problems.pdf

Support for carers and the elderly

Age UK Buckinghamshire

A new telephone support service which is free of charge has been started to support those who are worried about Coronavirus. You can receive a weekly call to have a chat, check how you are and help you solve any practical problems you might be experiencing.

Phone: 01296 431 911

You will be invited to leave your name and telephone number on an answer phone for a team member to call you back as soon as possible (during normal working hours).

Website: www.ageuk.org.uk/buckinghamshire

Age UK Bucks COVID 19 Support group/Info pages:

Regular updates, with everything you need to know about Covid-19 Coronavirus Support/Community help, staying connected, how to get food and stay safe at home and online.


The Silver Line

The Silver Line offers a confidential, free helpline for people aged 55 or over which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Silver Line offers advice, information and friendship; such as weekly friendship calls, facilitated group phone calls between people who have shared topics of interest, as well protecting and supporting older people from abuse and neglect.

Helpline: 0800 4 70 80 90
Website: www.thesilverline.org.uk

Carers UK

Carers UK have published guidance for carers regarding what support is accessible to them, and the person they are caring for, during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Website: www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/health/looking-after-your-health/coronavirus-covid-19

Carers Bucks

Some activities are suspended, however Carers Bucks are still able to offer telephone support if you need to talk to someone about your caring role during these difficult times.

Phone: 0300 777 27 22
Website: carersbucks.org

Physical activity

NHS Gym-Free Workouts

A collection of free workout exercises which you can access at home such as chair-based exercises and fitness videos, which include dance, yoga and strength-building exercises.

Website: www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/gym-free-workouts

Active 10

Active 10 is a free app which supports you to build brisk walking into your daily routine.

Website: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/active10

Generation Games

Age UK’s physical activity service, Generation Games, offers an online video for home exercising for people over the age of 50.

Website: generationgames.org.uk/videos

Sport England

Tips, advice and guidance on how to keep or get active in and around your home

Website: www.sportengland.org/stayinworkout

Active Bucks

Active Bucks have provided a range of activities depending on your personal circumstances.

Website: www.makesportfun.com/activebucks-covid19


Turn 2 Us

Turn2us is a national charity helping people when times get tough. They provide financial support to help people get back on track with a range of tools including benefits calculators and specific advice around your personal circumstances.

Website: www.turn2us.org.uk

Money Advice Service

This service provides free money guidance and debt advice online and by telephone.

Website: www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk

UK Government

Keep up to date with the most recent government changes.

Website: www.gov.uk/coronavirus

National Debt Line

A debt advice charity with free help and advice on dealing with your debt.

Website: www.nationaldebtline.org

Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre Plus is the part of the Department for Work and Pensions which delivers working-age support services. Find your nearest job centre or check eligibility for benefits online.

Website: www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus

Citizens Advice Bureau

This service can provide free advice on debt and money issues.

Website: www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Step change debt charity

A service that helps people with debt problems take back control of their finances and their lives.

Website: www.stepchange.org

Buckinghamshire Mind

Buckinghamshire Mind provide benefits and money advice to people using their service.

Website: www.bucksmind.org.uk/category/guide/advice-and-information/benefit-advice

Mental Health and Money Advice

A service helping you to find out what financial help is available in relation to welfare benefits and how to make a claim or appeal.

Website: www.mentalhealthandmoneyadvice.org/en/welfare-benefits


UK Government

Stay up to date with the latest government information and advice for employers, employees and businesses.

Website: www.gov.uk/coronavirus


The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service can offer online and telephone guidance on employment related matters.

Website: www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus

Citizens Advice Bureau

This service can provide free advice on your employment rights and ways to solve problems at work.

Website: www.citizensadvice.org.uk

National Careers Service

Provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.

Website: nationalcareers.service.gov.uk

Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre Plus is the part of the Department for Work and Pensions which delivers working-age support services.

Website: www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus


The Coronavirus helpline is a help line specifically for the self-employed and businesses who are struggling due to the current situation. They can provide advice and guidance on tax and benefits you may be eligible for.

Phone: 0300 456 3565

Five ways to work well from home

Some top tips for working from home and how to manage this.

Website: www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51868894


Citizens Advice Bureau

The service is able to discuss your needs with you and how to access food banks.

Website: Using a food bank – Citizens Advice

The Trussell Trust

Allows you to search for food banks near you in a network of food banks in the UK.

Website: www.trusselltrust.org

Buckinghamshire food banks

The following links provide information about accessing food banks in the Buckinghamshire area and can be contacted to explore gaining access to food due to financial difficulties.

Emergency support from Buckinghamshire council for food (also emergency utilities):

Website: www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/business-and-benefits/apply-for-local-emergency-support

Aylesbury Food bank:

Phone: 01296 395 514 (Mon-Thurs 10:30am-5pm)

Website: aylesbury.foodbank.org.uk

Chiltern Food bank:

Phone: 01494 775 668

Website: chiltern.foodbank.org.uk

Healthy Start

Healthy Start is a government scheme to improve the health of low-income pregnant women and families on benefits and tax credits.

Website: www.healthystart.nhs.uk


Citizens Advice Bureau

A service offering advice and information regarding money and housing and what your rights are.

Website: www.citizensadvice.org.uk/housing

Shelter England

Provides helpful housing advice in light of Coronavirus, including rent payment problems and income and benefits.

Website: england.shelter.org.uk/housing_advice/coronavirus

Buckinghamshire Council

Recovering from Covid-19

Your Covid Recovery

Supporting your recovery after Covid-19. Your COVID Recovery helps you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery.

Website: www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk

Stay well

Whatever you are doing, remember to take the recommended health advice to stay well physically.

Go to trusted websites for advice such as GOV.UK and NHS.UK on how to reduce transmission and protect the vulnerable.

For more ideas, visit Mental Health Matters’ guide to mental wellbeing while staying at home.

Page last reviewed: 14 April, 2023