Whether you are staying indoors because you are self-isolating at home or because of the weather, it can be difficult to maintain a safe and stimulated environment in these times. The following sections provide local information, tips and tricks, and links to help us all feel connected, safe and supported during these times.
- Emotional & Mental Wellbeing
- Physical Wellbeing
- Supporting your recovery after COVID-19
- Domestic Abuse Services
- Targeted Support
- Further Advice & Information
Mental health problems can affect anyone regardless of age, race, gender or social background. They can take many different forms and affect people in different ways.
COVID-19 has had a significant impact on many of us, particularly on our emotional and mental wellbeing. For some of us, it has made underlying mental health conditions worse and for others, it has brought up new concerns altogether. Feelings of loneliness, isolation and depression have been common in these uncertain and difficult times. It is important to know that you are not alone if you are struggling with such feelings or any others not listed here.
If you are concerned about your mental health, please talk to someone. You can see your GP for advice and treatment. Alternatively, have a look at the list of Counselling and Mental Health Support services below to find one that suits your needs. Many of these services can be contacted through a telephone call or through email.
Counselling services and mental health support
- Relate Family Mediation - a service fully geared up to supporting families through the crisis. Tel: 0300 0032324 or email [email protected]
- DAWN - provide a counselling service to the local community of Harrow and its neighbouring boroughs. Tel: 020 8427 6796 or email: [email protected]
- Need To Talk - offering 1 to 1 counselling supporting their clients or any client by telephone or webcam. Tel: call/ text on 07427548559 or email [email protected]
- Ignite Trust - During these challenging and uncertain times, Ignite Trust is working hard to ensure they continue to provide support to the boroughs most vulnerable and at-risk young people. Email [email protected]
- Every Mind Matters - Expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.
- Harrow Talking Therapies - If you're anxious or stressed about the impact of the virus on you or loved ones, Harrow Talking Therapies NHS Service is here to help. There is a part of the NHS called Improving Access to Psychological Therapy service. It supports people who are self-isolating and worrying about what's going on. In addition it supports those with issues such as depression, bereavement and insomnia.. We offer free confidential sessions via phone or video call.
EACH Counselling & Support - Offering four services to Harrow residents:
Free housing related support. The service offers advice on managing housing issues such as rent arrears, applying for welfare benefits, developing independent living skills and accessing other service. This is for people with alcohol and drug issues, ex-offenders, and anyone else who feels they would benefit from the support.
020 8577 6059 or 020 8961 8623.
Free specialist employment support for people with common mental health issues, from Black and Minority Ethnic communities, who are aged 25 or above and have been unemployed for a year or more.
020 8961 8623.
Domestic Abuse Counselling
Free specialist counselling and group support for women and girls affected by sexual or domestic violence and abuse.
020 8577 6059
EACH’s fee paying specialist counselling service helps people to address and cope with a range of issues and feelings, such as an abuse, addiction, feeling low and unable to cope.
020 8577 6059.
Other actions you can take to help your emotional and mental wellbeing can be found through our Harrow Council Mental Health Support page.
Your physical wellbeing is made up of many things – these can include exercise, healthy eating, healthy habits and managing health conditions you may already have. Physical wellbeing is also closely related to mental health and feeling well in yourself overall.
Our ability to stay fit and healthy has been impacted by the health and leisure restrictions in place to reduce coronavirus. However, there are still ways that we can try and stay active in these times.
Please see Harrow Council’s Health & Leisure page for an up-to-date overview of which Health and Leisure services are available and those which have been affected by coronavirus.
Additionally, improving your physical health can reduce some, but not all, of the risk factors linked to having a higher risk of severe disease and dying if you become infected with coronavirus. One risk factor for this is being excessively overweight – for anyone needing support to help them reach a healthy weight, there is a free weight management course in Harrow run by Watford FC – Shape Up team. This is a very successful course that nearly 150 people in the borough have used to help them lose weight already. Currently, there is an online version of this course and a COVID-19 secure one running in-person. For more information, please see our dedicated Healthy Weight page to this programme.
Becoming infected with coronavirus can have serious effects on your physical and mental health. Even in mild illness, you may experience distressing symptoms such as temporarily losing your sense of smell or feeling fatigued.
These effects should get better over time and can be helped by doing certain activities, although some symptoms may take longer than others to go away. It is important to know what to expect and when to consider getting help for any symptoms that have not eased or gone away.
Support for your path to recovery – including the certain steps you can do to help improve symptoms or support a loved one during their recovery – is available from NHS: Supporting Your Recovery After COVID-19.
Staying at home may not be safe for everyone. For those experiencing or feeling at risk from domestic abuse, help is out there. If you can leave your home, go to Boots or Superdrug pharmacies in Harrow. A member of staff will give you a safe space to help you make contact with people who can help.
To find out what helplines and groups are available, see Staying safe: Domestic abuse.
Find out about how to recognise domestic abuse and ways to find help someone you care about here. You can also search #youarenotalone on social media.
We have collected a range of online resources for all members of the family to keep you entertained while our libraries are closed.
You will be able to find resource to help with homework, eBooks, newspapers and magazines and keeping yourself healthy and motivated.
- Reading – adults
- Newspapers and magazines
- Reading – children
- Reading – young adults
- Homework help
- Resources for families and children
- Culture and activities
- Keeping Healthy
- Healthy Eating
- Keeping your mind occupied
- Helplines and websites
Harrow Council, Harrow CCG, and Young Harrow Foundation have put together a joint document. It signposts residents to a collection of helpful and trusted sources of information for children and young people’s wellbeing.
- During this tough time the Young Harrow Foundation has a collection of safe, local offers for children and young people.
- Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing, from Public Health England.
- For young people – tips, advice and guidance on getting support for your mental health, by Young Minds.
- For parents and carers – advice on maintaining your wellbeing during self-isolation, by The Association of Psychological Therapies and Moodmaster.
- Support around challenging behaviour in these circumstances.
View tips for household welfare in English. Alternatively you can view these tips in foreign languages most commonly used in Harrow:
|Tips for household welfare in foreign languages|
نصائح لرعاية الأسرة
د کورنیو د هوساینی لسگونی ټکی
પરિવારમાં કુશળતા જાળવવા માટેનાં ૧૦ સૂચનો
Wskazówki dotyczące pomocy domowej
ده نکته برای خانواده ها
sfaturi pentru buna dispozitie a familiei
Talooyin ku saabsan Daryeelka Guryaha
வீட்டு நலனுக்கான உதவிக்குறிப்புகள்
دس اهم نقا ط فیملیز کی خیریت کیلیے
Harrow Virtual School will be regularly updating their catalogue of links to online learning resources. We do however, encourage school pupils to use their school’s learning platforms as a main resource and dip into ours if they need additional support and encouragement.
For more information and access to the online learning resources please see our Harrow Virtual School pages.
Please note that if you are visually impaired and you are using a PC or laptop, you can press the 'Ctrl' and '+' keys together to increase the size of the text. This should make the text much easier to read.
You can contact Georga from the Sensory team between Monday and Friday 9am to 5pm:
Alexis Horam and Pauline Connolly support people with a visual impairment and can be contacted:
To help our most vulnerable residents in Harrow we have opened a hotline that you can call us on.
Coronavirus Hotline telephone number
0208 901 2698
The Support and Wellbeing Information Service Harrow (SWiSH) helps people in Harrow to access information on topics including health, finance, education, housing and well-being.
Citizens Advice Harrow
The Citizens Advice Harrow offers free support and advice on issues including benefits, housing, debt, employment and immigration.
Scams and Fraud advice
If you receive any Coronavirus (COVID-19) scam calls or texts please visit Ofcom.org.uk.
Government advice and support
GOV.UK have a service to find out what help you can get if you’re affected by coronavirus. You can use it for yourself or someone else.
You can find information about:
- feeling unsafe
- going in to work
- paying bills or being unemployed
- getting food
- having somewhere to live
- mental health and wellbeing.