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Looking Out for Mental Health During Lockdown

18th November 2020

By Surbiton HC

Being a great team mate is about more than what you do on the pitch…

With the latest lockdown measures, cold weather and dark nights, and of course no hockey, looking after our mental health is more important than ever.

So, as we approach the third week of the latest lockdown, we are encouraging every SHC member to check in with a team mate or friend. A quick text or phone call, or organising to go out for a walk, run or cycle with someone might be the difference in supporting each other through the challenges we are all facing at the moment.

If you need help and don’t feel able to talk to those around you, you’re not sure how to help a friend or team mate or want to donate some time or money there are some really great organisations and helplines out there. We’ve highlighted a few here, however this isn’t an exhaustive list so google away and see what you can do!

  • Samaritans: Call 116 123 to speak with someone or email and they will respond within 24 hours.
  • Shout is a 24/7 interactive text service for any on, any age who lives in the UK. Text 85258 and a trained counsellor will text back.
  • Childline: 0800 1111 for anyone under the age of 19 no matter what you are going through (online chat at
  • Mind: – a helpful site for lots of information and ideas relating to mental health and wellbeing.
  • BEAT: – for information, support and advice on managing eating disorders or where to get help.
  • Campaign Against Living Miserably – If you identify as male, you can call CALM on 0800 58 58 58 or use their webchat (both available 5pm–midnight every day) service through their website