Coronavirus Update Coronavirus - Service Update 20.03.2020 Our services are open Hertfordshire Mind Network has been working alongside colleagues in the NHS, Public Health and Hertfordshire County Council to address the unprecedented challenges brought by Coronavirus. Our aim is to ensure that we can continue to provide essential mental health support in Hertfordshire through this difficult time by adapting our services to best protect our clients, carers, volunteers and staff. We have decided that it is now in the best interest of everybody to deliver our services remotely to minimise the risks associated with potential transmission of the Coronavirus. We have closed our Wellbeing Centres and all groups (including self-supported groups) and Meeting Places are cancelled until further notice. We have made rapid changes to the way in which we provide our services to ensure that you can still access support when you need it. Our staff teams are working remotely and are providing support through phone, Skype and online provision. We have also extended the opening hours of our Crisis Helpline to ensure that we are here for you every evening and weekend. Click here for more details. Our HAFLS courses will be delivered online and we will share more information about this shortly. We appreciate that this may be an unsettling and worrying time for some and we would like to reassure you that our teams are working hard to make sure that our services and people are still here for you. Please do get in touch with us: By phone: 02037 273600 or By email: [email protected] Our service provision is under constant review and we will keep you informed of any changes through our website and social media accounts. Please look out for updates. A message from our Chief Executive These are unprecedented times and we are working to offer you, our clients, the best possible service under strange circumstances. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need our support, we are all finding our way and we want to be there for anyone who is struggling with their wellbeing at this time. We are busy but available. Our message to you is that we are not together in buildings but working alongside each other to keep talking to you all. New ways of working are constantly being reviewed and so keep watching this space and keep yourselves safe. Julie Nicholson (Chief Executive) Prevention We all have a role to play in prevention. So if we all play our part, we protect everyone. There are things you can do to help stop germs like Coronavirus spreading: Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel. Wash your hands often with soap and water, singing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice (ie 20 seconds), especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available. We are aware that sanitiser gel is becoming difficult to obtain, but this should not cause alarm, it is a back-up to soap and water, not a replacement for. DO NOT touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact with people who are unwell. More information If you are worried about Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) and how it could affect you or your family and friends, please see the following links for helpful information and guidance: Please visit: Hertfordshire County Council for updates and local information. Hertfordshire NHS Foundation Trust for all important medical information. Mind for information on the Coronavirus and your wellbeing.