From Tuesday 7 April, the Silver Cloud digital mental health platform will be available to provide extra support and help for those who may be feeling stressed and anxious during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Silver Cloud offers a number of online programmes to help ease stress levels, improve sleep or build resilience. Each programme uses proven methods, including cognitive behavioural therapy, and all information entered is anonymous, confidential and secure.
The provision of Silver Cloud is part of a Greater Manchester wide programme of new digital services and online support launched this week. Mental health services are facing new challenges and coming under additional pressure due to the COVID-19 outbreak as they try to support those already accessing services and deal with new cases, whilst managing the impact on their staffing levels. This new package of support aims to help people to stay well, reducing the need for them to attend GP practices or hospitals. This new provision can be accessed by those with existing mental health issues as well as anyone who may be struggling due to social distancing and self-isolation restrictions.
Warren Heppolette, executive lead for strategy and system development, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, said:
“The outbreak of covid-19 has brought rapid changes to all of our lives and it will be a stressful and anxious time for many people. This may be due to concerns about our health, the wellbeing of loved ones, the pressures of spending more time at home, or money worries. At the same time, we may be cut off from our usual support networks and activities. All of this can have a real impact on our mental health and wellbeing, which is why we have launched a new programme of help and support in Greater Manchester. Silver Cloud offers tried and tested ways of helping to maintain a healthy mind and build resilience.”
To find out more and sign up to use Silver Cloud, go to https://GM.silvercloudhealth.com/signup.