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Coronavirus and mental wellbeing

    Looking after your mental health

NHS websites

The NHS Every Mind matters website has advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing:

  • Advice for staying at home
  • Worried about coronavirus

The NHS UK website has mental wellbeing audio guides to help you through feelings such as anxiety or a low mood.

Visit the Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust website for information and advice on how you can manage your stress and mental well being during this difficult time.

Helpful websites

Useful websites offering advice and comfort to support your good mental health:

Further information can be found on our coping during coronavirus web page.

    Stay active - Signposts to on-line exercise resources and exercise apps

Please seek medical advice if you have existing health conditions or Covid-19 symptoms

Visit the Wokingham Borough Councils YouTube channel for home workouts from Wokingham’s Sports & Leisure team.

NHS UK website:

The following websites have ideas for staying active at home during the coronavirus outbreak:

Further information can be found on our coping during coronavirus web page.

    Wokingham Borough Libraries

Wokingham borough libraries e-services

Did you know you can borrow a range of e-books, e-audio, e-comics newspapers and magazines completely free of charge if you are a library member?

Visit our library section of our website for further information or download the RB Digital app and use your library card number to create a free account with a username and password.

The service allows you to:

  • Read and download newspapers and magazines on your computer, smartphone or tablet
  • Read the current copy of most daily and Sunday newspapers, many local newspapers and a wide selection of magazines
  • Access a selection of newspapers and magazines from all over the world 

Join our libraries online

You can sign up for free library membership by visiting the Spydus website to join our libraries online.

Art Challenge

Each month we will be highlighting a different artist for you to explore, then design and create your own Masterpiece! Visit the Wokingham Borough Librairies website to find out more.

Online music

Get access to 15 million songs from thousands of artists through the Freegal Music website.

This service allows you to:

  • Listen to music on your home computer, smartphone or tablet
  • Stream music for 3 hours per day, and download 3 tracks each week
  • Choose from over 15 million tracks from thousands of artists
  • Create your own playlists, or choose from existing lists   

Please note: Some of the titles may contain content of a more adult nature. As with all library usage we recommend parents and carers give their child support in choosing appropriate items to match their needs.

Login to Freegal Music with your barcode and PIN, or download the Freegal Music app from the App Store or Google Play Store, then select your library and log in with your barcode and PIN.


Ancestry Online website is a family history website with access to census records, births, marriages and deaths records, and much more. Available at Wokingham, Woodley and Lower Earley libraries. Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. To log in from home, visit the Spydus website

    Sign posts to apps and podcasts


Headspace (App)

An app which guides you through meditation.

Calm (App)

An app which provides guided meditation and helps with sleep.

Sleepio (App)

An online sleep improvement programme.  

Free for all NHS patients living and working in Berkshire.

Podcasts apps

    Joy Live - Free activities for everyone


Sign up to free online community-led classes at the click of a button.

Classes on Joy Live are designed to:

  • Promote good mental health
  • Keep people active
  • Be sociable and fun

From chair-based exercise to vitual singalongs - there is a lot going on!

Go to the Joy Live website to sign up!

Watch people joining in and having fun with Joy Live!

    Helplines for those who are struggling with isolation

Silver line helpline

Provides information, friendship and advice for older people.

Samaritans of Wokingham, Bracknell, Ascot and Districts 

Offers a safe place to talk any time day or night for anyone who is emotionally distressed.

  • Phone: 116 123 or 0300 094 5717
  • Website

Rethink Mental Illness advice line

Offers advice and information on a wide range of topics.

Phone: 0300 5000 927


Website: Rethink Mental Illness advice line


Offers an advice, information and signpost service.

Phone: 0300 123 3393

Website: Mind


Provides emotional support, guidance and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including families, friends and carers.


Website: SANEline

Online help:


Elefriends website is a supportive online community run by Mind where you can be yourself.


Joy is a web tool helping to connect vulnerable residents (including those with mental illness) with quality care.

    Please give me space’ social distancing cards or badges

If you have concerns about social distancing you can go to the UK Government website and download a badge or card that lets others around you know that they need to pay attention and give you space.

    Information on how to stay safe during the coronavirus outbreak

The following websites offer information on staying safe during the coronavirus outbreak:

  • The Age UK website has a helpful information page on frequently asked questions about the Coronavirus.
  • NHS Every Mind matters website has advice for staying at home and tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus

    Helpful resources for people with additional needs

Visit our useful information and resources web pages for local and national services who are providing support for people with learning disabilities and their carers during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Urgent mental health support

If someone is having thoughts of suicide, thinking of harming themselves or are harming themselves go to the urgent support page on the Every Mind Matters website for contact details of organisations who can help. 

The Rethink Mental Illness website has information and advice on getting help in a crisis and supporting someone with mental illness.

    Mental Health Services in Wokingham

Samaritans of Wokingham, Bracknell, Ascot and Districts

Registered charity of dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to support the Samaritans mission to offer a safe place to talk any time day or night for anyone who is emotionally distressed.

Anyone who is feeling troubled can call into our branch during our opening hours or contact us.

Phone: 116 123 or 0300 094 5717

WebsiteSamaritans Bracknell branch 


SMART Wokingham

Registered charity providing practical help and mental health support for residents who are struggling with drug and alcohol use.

This service provides.

  • One-to-one support for issues you are facing with drugs and alcohol
  • Educational, interactive and fun group activities
  • Counselling
  • A young persons service
  • Substitute prescribing for opiate addiction                                  
  • A needle exchange for safer drug use

Website: SMART Wokingham


NHS Talking Therapies

This NHS service offers help and support to people in Berkshire suffering with depression or anxiety based problems. The team is made up of Therapists, Counsellors and an administrative support team.

WebsiteTalking therapies

Phone: 0300 365 2000


Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

This service works with young people who are experiencing significant, severe and complex difficulties with their mental health. These difficulties range from feeling low a lot of the time and worrying about lots of things to finding and fitting in with friends, hearing voices, having significant difficulties around eating, self-harming and even considering killing themselves.

Website: CAMHS


For referral, call: 0300 365 1234

Wokingham Community Mental Health Team

This service is for adults with severe and enduring mental health needs.

All referrals come to us from one place; the Common Point of Entry (CPE) - Tel No 0300 365 0300. After an initial screening assessment CPE will direct you to the most appropriate service to meet your needs, one of which may be the Wokingham Adults Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) 

The team is made up of psychiatrists, community psychiatric nurses, clinical psychologists, medical staff, social care practitioners, therapists and support workers.  


Phone: 0300 365 0300

Mental Wellbeing - Sport and Physical Activities

This is a free service provided by Wokingham Borough Council in collaboration with Sport in Mind.

This service is designed to promote and encourage positive mental wellbeing using sport and exercise as a tool.

How to join in with the sessions:

  • GP referral to the sessions
  • Self-referral
  • Referral through a carer/care home
  • Referral through a charity
  • Volunteer to help

Website: Mental health and wellbeing schemes


Phone: 0118 974 3728

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