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New virtual hub offers mental health support during lockdown

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A new online wellbeing hub has launched to enable Surrey residents to access a range of mental health and emotional wellbeing sessions virtually from their own homes.

Surrey Virtual Wellbeing is designed to become a one-stop-shop where those who require mental health or emotional wellbeing support can view, register and access online activities, including virtual coffee mornings, group chat sessions and tailored exercise classes.

As a joint partnership between Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership, Surrey County Council and Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, the initiative is one of a number of measures being introduced to support the most vulnerable and sometimes socially isolated residents remain connected during COVID-19 isolation.

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The Hub will continue to run post lock-down measure to continue supporting those requiring mental health or emotional wellbeing support.

Tim Oliver, Leader of Surrey County Council said “Current isolation measures have created many challenges, including how residents continue to access support they often rely for matters such as their mental health. The online Hub will help bring a range of interactive sessions and workshops together in one place, enabling our residents to stay connected and look after their mental wellbeing.”

The sessions are being hosted by third sector organisations including Community Connections, Age UK Surrey and The Surrey Coalition of Disabled People. It is intended to sign-up more organisations as the project progresses.

Professor Helen Rostill, director of Mental Health at Surrey Heartlands and chief innovation officer and director of Therapies at Surrey and Borders Partnership, said: “I am delighted that Surrey’s health and care organisations have come together to develop this innovative response to the coronavirus crisis.

“In this first wave of the Hub’s development, we’re connecting Surrey residents with emotional wellbeing support from third sector organisations in our area – and linking this with the wealth of wider information for vulnerable people and key workers already available on the Healthy Surrey website.

“Our next step is to explore how we can expand on this to include other mental health services such as talking therapies.”

Residents can access the hub by visiting the Healthy Surrey website at healthysurrey.org.uk/virtualwellbeing.

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