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Free sessions to help you deal with the impact of coronavirus

Published: 26 August 2020

Helping you to talk about how you're feeling

Would you like to talk to someone about how you're feeling, following the impact of coronavirus? Anyone can be at increased risk of stress or mental health difficulties at this uncertain time - isolation and loneliness, bereavement, income cuts or unemployment can all be contributing factors to low mood.

Mind Matters, is one of several talking therapies services in Surrey, offering a range of support online. Support used to be face-to-face but since lockdown, measures have been put in place to ensure you can be supported when you need it. The service offers short courses of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and counselling for mild to moderate mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, panic attacks and stress. New programmes have been developed for people affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – including people who find existing anxieties or depression have been made worse by the current climate.

Woking resident, Sam Priston, is just one of the residents who has benefited from Mind Matters and had been receiving face-to-face counselling, before moving to telephone sessions during lockdown. She tells us: "My counsellor is caring and easy to talk to and has really helped me to manage with all the stress of recent events. She made the transition to telephone sessions easy and because I have children it gives me more flexibility so I actually now prefer it to face-to-face sessions."

How to get help?

Anyone can refer themselves online without the need to speak to a GP. To find out how to refer yourself visit the Mind Matters webpage and click on 'How to Refer' or call the team on 0300 330 5450. To find out about other talking therapy providers in Surrey, visit the Healthy Surrey website.

You can also find out about virtual mental health and emotional wellbeing support, including coffee mornings and tailored exercise classes, on Healthy Surrey's Virtual Wellbeing hub webpage.

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