It’s very important for our mental health and wellbeing to feel connected with other people. Find out about local social activities, groups and organisations that can help you to connect more with other people.
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It’s important to our health and wellbeing to feel connected to others and we all need a certain amount of social interaction with other people. On this page you will find lots of links to organisations and trusted sources of information that can help you to connect more with others.
If you would like to join others on a local walk in Hounslow visit our community health walks page.
If you are feeling cut off from other people and would like some support there is some very helpful information on things you can do and support groups and helplines available on the Every Mind Matters Loneliness page.
Social connections are really important. Watch this short video from Every Mind Matters on how you can improve your social connections.
Well-known charity Mind also has a local website for people in Hounslow and surrounding boroughs with information on things you can do to look after your mental wellbeing.
If you are experiencing anxiety and feeling like you need support then The West London Trust Single Point of Access (SPA) is a 24/7 helpline which provides telephone-based support and access to urgent care and treatment for people in a mental health crisis.
MECC LINK also has both local and national organisations who are able to support adults, parents and children and young people needing support.
An important way to understand how we are feeling is to assess our mood. The NHS web page on mindfulness has useful tips such as taking the mood assessment test, doing yoga, tai chi, breathing exercise or taking up meditation.
Another excellent resource is the Good Thinking website which has many approved mental health apps such as mindfulness courses for looking after your wellbeing, reducing stress and anxiety.
Unfortunately for many people there are financial uncertainties during these times which are worrying and stressful. The mental health and money advice website provide helpful advice, information and signposting for support.
Beware of scams relating to money through unprotected websites, unidentified telephone calls or text messages and phishing emails. Don’t share your bank details and credit card details if you don’t know the person or the company contacting you.
If you are concerned about your mental health then why not try the Mind Plan tool. The Mind Plan tool provides simple actions you can take to help you to improve your mental health.
Many of our partner organisations in Hounslow are offer advice and support around connecting more with others:
Healthwatch Hounslow are offering information and signposting, and guidance and support to residents worried about the current outbreak of COVID19, through Whatsapp and Zoom.
Hounslow Wellbeing Network have a range of different activities that they run each month, from walks to days out and sessions to connect with other people.
Let’s Go Outside and Learn Let’s Go Outside and Learn CIC connects local communities with the nature on their doorstep. They introduce people to the natural environment, show the benefits of improved health and wellbeing that spending time outdoors offers, and bring people together to make new friends.
Speak Out in Hounslow offer information and support for those with learning disabilities on general advice, how to cope and staying safe during COVID19.
Heston West Big Local are supporting local residents who are self isolating with picking up groceries, medicines and a friendly phone call.
The Community Solutions team provide a range of resources and activities for residents in places that are suitable to you. They can be contacted through the Hounslow Connect which is the new information and guidance hub from Hounslow Council.
If you live locally in the Feltham Community which includes Feltham, Hanworth, Bedfont and Sunbury have stepped up and are working together to try and help those in need across their community during the COVID19 crisis. Visit their website for more details.