Older people

Government guidance is that people 70 years of age and older are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and need to be particularly stringent in following government advice, including social distancing and staying at home if you think you have COVID-19. Given this, if you are in this age group, and particularly if you have pre-existing medical conditions, it is natural for you to feel concerned or affected by changes you have to make to your daily life. The following suggestions may help you with any difficult feelings and to look after your mental health:

Stay connected. Draw on support you might have through your friends, family and other networks (see below). Try to stay in touch with those around you, this might be over the phone, by post, or online. If you have been advised to stay at home, let people know how you would like to stay in touch and build that into your routine.

Get practical help. If you need help, for example with shopping or running errands, ask for it and let those around you know what they can do. If you need help but you’re not sure who to contact, Age UK runs an advice line (0800 678 1602 – lines are open every day, 8am to 7pm) that can put you in touch with local services.
People with dementia
For people with dementia, and their carers and families, COVID-19 is making daily life particularly challenging and may cause additional distress. Staying connected, maintaining a routine and making sure to keep active and entertained as much as possible are all essential to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of people with dementia and their carers.

If you are supporting someone with dementia, they may have difficulty understanding instructions about self-isolation, social distancing or handwashing. It is important to take time to make this information as simple and accessible for them and repeat it as appropriate. People with dementia may also lack awareness of, and be less able to report symptoms because of communication difficulties – you should be alert to the presence of symptoms of the virus.

The Alzheimer’s Society has published information on COVID-19 for people affected by dementia.

If you’d like to connect and talk with other people affected by dementia, you can visit the Alzheimer’s Society online community Talking Point.

A range of information on information on dementia is also available from Alzheimer’s Research UK.

If you are still feeling worried and want more help you can call the Alzheimer’s Society Helpline on 0300 222 11 22.

You can also speak to a dementia specialist Admiral Nurse on Dementia UK’s Helpline, on 0800 888 6687.

If you care for other people. You may be worried about how to ensure care for those who rely on you – either your dependants at home or others that you regularly visit. Let your local authority know if you provide care, or support someone you don’t live with. Further advice on creating a contingency plan and sources of support is available from Carers UK.

Local Listings

Crossroads Gloucestershire

Crossroads Gloucestershire is a charity based in the Forest of Dean which provides practical help, support and social opportunities to carers and those they care for across all ages and disabilities.

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National Stalking Helpline

The National Stalking Helpline gives practical information, support, advocacy and advice on risk, safety planning and legislation to victims of stalking, their friends, family, and professionals working with victims.

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Stroud Women’s Refuge

Stroud Women’s Refuge is a charity offering accommodation and support services to women and their children who have been affected by domestic abuse.

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Mind

Mind is a mental health support charity and offers a way of finding out what’s available in your area, such as specific BAME groups.

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www.nhs.uk/live-well

Advice, tips and tools to make the best choices about your health and wellbeing to help you feel mentally and emotionally better.

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Run things

Run things is a not-for profit virtual running club that focuses on fighting isolation and social anxiety among users.

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Every Mind Matters

Simple and practical advice to get a healthier mind and get more out of life – from how to deal with stress and anxiety, to boosting your mood or sleeping better.

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Scope

Scope is the disability equality charity in England and Wales providing practical and emotional support. Their online disability forum is a supportive space for disabled people, parents and carers to get disability advice and information and to talk to people with...

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Carers UK

Carers UK is a membership charity for carers, sharing experiences and offering support.

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Guideposts Gloucestershire

Guideposts Gloucestershire is a charity that supports people living with long-term conditions, disability or caring responsibilities to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

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Gloucestershire Carers Hub

Gloucestershire Carers Hub provides information, advice and guidance for carers, signpost to other services, provide assessments and support planning, support groups and hubs, benefits and finance advice, access to groups, befriending and mentoring as well as counselling and provide a free 24-hour helpline as part of their carers’ emergency scheme.

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Cotswold Friends

Cotswold Friends is a local charity which helps and supports older and vulnerable people in the North Cotswolds.

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The Silver Line

The Silver Line is a free confidential charity helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

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Reengage

Reengage is a national charity which exists to provide social activities and friendship for people over 75 who live alone. They have created a new telephone befriending service for older people called call companions for anyone over the age of 75 who feels lonely or...

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Independent Age

Independent Age is a charity aimed at supporting older adults and families with clear, free and impartial advice on care and support, money and benefits, health and mobility and how to get the help you need to remain independent.

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Community Help Hub

Community Help Hub is a service provided by Gloucestershire County Council aimed at connecting local people who need help with others who can provide the support they need.

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Age UK

Age UK is a charity offering services for older people over the age of 55 including a meals delivery service and a befriending service.

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Managing Memory Together

Managing Memory Together provides specialist assessment, diagnosis and treatment services to people who are worried about memory as well as providing support to their carers.

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POhWER

POhWER is a charity and membership organisation providing information, advice, support and advocacy to people who experience disability, vulnerability, distress and social exclusion.

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Respect Men’s Advice Line

Respect Men’s advice line is a helpline for male victims of domestic abuse offering nonjudgmental emotional support, practical advice and information.

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Refuge

Refuge is a national charity offering a 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline for women and children.

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Gloucestershire Constabulary

Gloucestershire Constabulary provide advice and information on Domestic Abuse, how to report it and links to partner support helplines at: www.gloucestershire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/

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Anti-Bullying Alliance

Anti-Bullying Alliance is a national charity comprising a coalition of organisations and individuals that are united against bullying.

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Stonewall

Stonewall provides information and support for LGBT communities and their allies.

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LGBT Foundation

The LGBT Foundation is a national charity offering information, advice, and support services, including a Talking Therapies Programme.

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GayGlos

GayGlos is a charity which provides support services, education and engagement for Gloucestershire’s LGBTQ+ community.

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Hope House

For information about services available, STI’s, contraception, HIV, pregnancy and sexual assault.

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Sue Ryder

Sue Ryder is a charity which supports people living with a terminal illness, a neurological condition or who have lost a loved one.

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Stay Alive App

Stay Alive App is a free suicide prevention resource for the UK, from charity Grassroots Suicide Prevention.

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SupportLine

SupportLine is a charity which provides a confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue.

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Shout

Shout is a 24/7 text service, supported by digital mental health charity, Mental Health Innovations.

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Samaritans

Samaritans is a charity providing non-judgemental listening support to anyone. 

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Crisis

If you or someone you know over the age of 11 needs help in a mental health crisis, call our crisis team – available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

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National Listings

Crossroads Gloucestershire

Crossroads Gloucestershire is a charity based in the Forest of Dean which provides practical help, support and social opportunities to carers and those they care for across all ages and disabilities.

read more

National Stalking Helpline

The National Stalking Helpline gives practical information, support, advocacy and advice on risk, safety planning and legislation to victims of stalking, their friends, family, and professionals working with victims.

read more

Stroud Women’s Refuge

Stroud Women’s Refuge is a charity offering accommodation and support services to women and their children who have been affected by domestic abuse.

read more

Mind

Mind is a mental health support charity and offers a way of finding out what’s available in your area, such as specific BAME groups.

read more

www.nhs.uk/live-well

Advice, tips and tools to make the best choices about your health and wellbeing to help you feel mentally and emotionally better.

read more

Run things

Run things is a not-for profit virtual running club that focuses on fighting isolation and social anxiety among users.

read more

Every Mind Matters

Simple and practical advice to get a healthier mind and get more out of life – from how to deal with stress and anxiety, to boosting your mood or sleeping better.

read more

Scope

Scope is the disability equality charity in England and Wales providing practical and emotional support. Their online disability forum is a supportive space for disabled people, parents and carers to get disability advice and information and to talk to people with...

read more

Carers UK

Carers UK is a membership charity for carers, sharing experiences and offering support.

read more

Guideposts Gloucestershire

Guideposts Gloucestershire is a charity that supports people living with long-term conditions, disability or caring responsibilities to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

read more

Gloucestershire Carers Hub

Gloucestershire Carers Hub provides information, advice and guidance for carers, signpost to other services, provide assessments and support planning, support groups and hubs, benefits and finance advice, access to groups, befriending and mentoring as well as counselling and provide a free 24-hour helpline as part of their carers’ emergency scheme.

read more

Cotswold Friends

Cotswold Friends is a local charity which helps and supports older and vulnerable people in the North Cotswolds.

read more

The Silver Line

The Silver Line is a free confidential charity helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

read more

Reengage

Reengage is a national charity which exists to provide social activities and friendship for people over 75 who live alone. They have created a new telephone befriending service for older people called call companions for anyone over the age of 75 who feels lonely or...

read more

Independent Age

Independent Age is a charity aimed at supporting older adults and families with clear, free and impartial advice on care and support, money and benefits, health and mobility and how to get the help you need to remain independent.

read more

Community Help Hub

Community Help Hub is a service provided by Gloucestershire County Council aimed at connecting local people who need help with others who can provide the support they need.

read more

Age UK

Age UK is a charity offering services for older people over the age of 55 including a meals delivery service and a befriending service.

read more

Managing Memory Together

Managing Memory Together provides specialist assessment, diagnosis and treatment services to people who are worried about memory as well as providing support to their carers.

read more

POhWER

POhWER is a charity and membership organisation providing information, advice, support and advocacy to people who experience disability, vulnerability, distress and social exclusion.

read more

Respect Men’s Advice Line

Respect Men’s advice line is a helpline for male victims of domestic abuse offering nonjudgmental emotional support, practical advice and information.

read more

Refuge

Refuge is a national charity offering a 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline for women and children.

read more

Gloucestershire Constabulary

Gloucestershire Constabulary provide advice and information on Domestic Abuse, how to report it and links to partner support helplines at: www.gloucestershire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/

read more

Anti-Bullying Alliance

Anti-Bullying Alliance is a national charity comprising a coalition of organisations and individuals that are united against bullying.

read more

Stonewall

Stonewall provides information and support for LGBT communities and their allies.

read more

LGBT Foundation

The LGBT Foundation is a national charity offering information, advice, and support services, including a Talking Therapies Programme.

read more

GayGlos

GayGlos is a charity which provides support services, education and engagement for Gloucestershire’s LGBTQ+ community.

read more

Hope House

For information about services available, STI’s, contraception, HIV, pregnancy and sexual assault.

read more

Sue Ryder

Sue Ryder is a charity which supports people living with a terminal illness, a neurological condition or who have lost a loved one.

read more

Stay Alive App

Stay Alive App is a free suicide prevention resource for the UK, from charity Grassroots Suicide Prevention.

read more

SupportLine

SupportLine is a charity which provides a confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue.

read more

Shout

Shout is a 24/7 text service, supported by digital mental health charity, Mental Health Innovations.

read more

Samaritans

Samaritans is a charity providing non-judgemental listening support to anyone. 

read more

Crisis

If you or someone you know over the age of 11 needs help in a mental health crisis, call our crisis team – available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

read more
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It can be hard to know where to turn when we’re struggling with our mental health but support is available, from NHS and council-commissioned services to local and national charities. Many services are free, confidential, and you can access them yourself without a referral from a professional.

Support for carers

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Support for children, young people and families

There is a wide range of support for children, young people and families in the county.

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Support for older age groups

More information about additional support that is available for older people locally and nationally.

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Support for ethnic minorities

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Support for LGBTQ+ communities

Getting help with issues you're struggling to deal with on your own is one of the most important things you can do

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Support for veterans

If you think you or your partner may be experiencing mental health difficulties, you can get expert help

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Your health and wellbeing

The past year has been a particularly challenging time for everyone but whatever you’re worried about, please reach out for support – help is available

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