It can be difficult having to cope alone at the best of times, and the Covid-19 crisis has exacerbated many existing societal and mental health issues such as loneliness, anxiety and depression. Talking Therapies which are part of the NELFT Community Emotional Support Programme are a free and confidential NHS service that work with people across Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest that need support.

If you live in Barking and Dagenham find out more and complete a self-referral form here: https://www.talkingtherapies.nelft.nhs.uk/barking-and-dagenham or call: 0300 300 1554 (option 3)

If you live in Havering find out more and complete a self-referral form here: https://www.talkingtherapies.nelft.nhs.uk/havering or call: 0300 300 1554 (option 2)

Jon Cruddas MP commented: “during lockdown and throughout the current pandemic loneliness is becoming ever more prevalent in society, especially amongst the most vulnerable. Whilst technology has played a vital role in connecting people during the crisis, some are also susceptible to an information overload which can cause high levels of anxiety. 

“Sometimes all you need is a friendly voice at the end of the phone, someone to talk you through what you are experiencing – Talking Therapies is an excellent NHS service and I would encourage anyone struggling with mental ill health at the moment to complete a self-referral to get help.”

To adapt to the current circumstances, Talking Therapies are engaging clients by delivering online support through group webinars and 1:1 therapy, alongside telephone sessions. The particular emphasis at this time is to help service users manage their worry, cope with uncertainty and build a stronger sense of resilience.