Whatever you’re feeling right now is valid. It is normal and perfectly understandable that you might be feeling anxious and worried at the moment.

Finding support for you
Here are some sources of support and some useful ways to get support if you are finding it hard.
  • Speaking to someone you can trust can be the first step to getting the help you need. This can be a family member, friend or health care professional. Taking this first step might make you more comfortable and less anxious about seeing your GP or other mental health services.
  • Watch a 60-minute NHS wellbeing webinar on BAME Wellbeing which considers the challenges black, Asian and minority ethnic communities face and some techniques and strategies to support wellbeing.  The webinar is delivered by David Truswell, chair of the Dementia Alliance for Culture and Ethnicity, alongside Emily Gardner, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist based at East London NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Rethink Mental Illness has a helpful article about accessing mental health services if you are from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, alongside useful contacts and organisations.
  • If someone you know needs wellbeing advice in another language, Thrive LDN has partnered with Doctors of the World to produce wellbeing guidance to support migrant communities during the pandemic. The guidance is currently available in 36 languages.
  • The Ubele Initiative and the Majonzi Fund have launched the BAMEStream Bereavement Support Service. The service is committed to providing culturally competent COVID-19 bereavement support to people from black, Asian and other minority ethnic communities.
  • There is also London-level mental health and wellbeing guidance and peer-peer support available for specific communities, by organisations such as Black Thrive and Taraki.
  • If you’re feeling anxious or stressed about work, housing or financial difficulties, then explore the helpful range of resources and guidance on City Hall’s Hub.
Twenty minutes to better resilience with Dr Radha
Making small changes can make a big difference and can help you to effectively build emotional resilience.


Our ability to adapt well to the stress of life, as well as being able to bounce back from adversity, crises or trauma, is often referred to as emotional resilience.

We’ve teamed up with Dr Radha, NHS GP, broadcaster and campaigner for wellbeing, as well as Londoners like you, to develop a 20-minute training video on emotional resilience.

In this short training video, you can learn more about resilience and get lots of practical ideas and inspiration about how you can strengthen your own ability to adapt well to stressful circumstances.

British Sign Language version

We have also produced this video with British Sign Language interpretation. Watch now on our YouTube channel.

Other resources to help you
Dealing with difficult emotions can be challenging but help and support is available.

In London, there are a range of free resources, online tools, and helplines available to help you deal with the uncertainty and stay mentally healthy. You may also be interested in resources in the main section for other communities, which you may also be part of.

Digital resources available now

Good Thinking is a digital mental wellbeing service that has over 100 free, NHS-approved resources designed to help those dealing with anxiety, low mood, poor sleep or stress. Take the clinically validated self-assessment to get a better understand of what you’re going through, helpful resources and if necessary, relevant treatment options.

To help build resilience and maintain good mental wellbeing, Every Mind Matters has a range of resources for everyone at Including an interactive quiz, the Your Mind Plan, to get top tips and advice relevant for you.

NHS psychological treatments

If you do not require urgent support but are still concerned about your mental health, contacting your GP is a good place to start.

You can also refer yourself for free, non-urgent NHS talking therapy services, also known as Improving Access to Psychological Therapies services, which provide evidence-based treatments for depression and anxiety. In London, services are ready and open to receive self-referrals for those needing professional support.

Helplines

Or you may feel more comfortable talking to someone you don’t know by using one of the following helplines:

  • If you, or anyone you know, is experiencing a mental health crisis and needs urgent assistance, advice or support, contact your local 24/7 NHS mental health helpline.
  • Shout is the UK ‘s first 24/7 text messaging service for anyone in crisis. Text Shout at any time to 85258 to start a conversation.
  • Samaritans’ free, 24-hour listening service on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org.
Thrive Together: lessons from the most challenging year of Londoners' lives
The impact of COVID 19 on Londoners’ mental health and wellbeing.

Thrive LDN has undertaken a period of community engagement to capture the experiences of Londoners during the pandemic.

In a series of new articles, we begin to share and explore the emerging themes from the responses, engagement and submissions to our community insights. Specifically highlighting the themes around racism, discrimination, the digital divide, and community and social networks.

Elsewhere, lots of evidence and insights collected from communities’ groups have shown COVID-19 and related crises have exposed a number of disparities and unfair outcomes which exist in relation to ethnicity. It has not yet been possible to confirm the impact of further waves of the pandemic and a new variant, but it is likely to have continued to replicate and increase existing racial inequalities.

If you relate to the themes and issues highlighted here, then we hope you find the resources outlined on this page of support.