Blog | 20 March 2020

Online resources available during social distancing and self-isolation

In this difficult time, it may be useful to know about some of the amazing resources available online to help you out if you're having to social distance or self-isolate. We’ve curated a master-post of online resources, from mental health self-care to ways you can feel like you’ve left the house. We hope they help.

Helplines & Web-Chats

  • Brighton Mental Health Rapid Response: Call 0300 304 0078. The Mental Health Rapid Response Service (MHRRS) is a rapid assessment service for patients suffering from mental health problems who are at risk and may not be able to keep themselves safe, or are considering attending A+E for help with their mental health. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and health professionals, carers or patients can ring for advice. 
  • MOSCAC – helpline for non-abusive parents whose child has experienced abuse. 0800 980 1958 Lines open 10am to 2pm (Monday, Thursday and Friday) and 10am to 6pm (Tuesday and Wednesday).   
  • Telephone befriending service for the elderly 
  • Free emotional support from trained listeners; online counselling 
  • CALM helpline: Confidential Emotional Support for Men  Mon-Fri 1pm-11pm 0800585858


Mental Health Self Care

Physical Self Care

Keep Your Children Occupied & Learning

  • Cardboard Spaceships: A place to share free online teaching, education and entertainment ideas for children at home 
  • Homeschooling UK: Emergency group set up by teachers to help families 
  • Will Sliney gives daily drawing challenges for children using #wewilldraw and shares tutorials 
  • “Boogie Monsters” (a live rock and pop band for children under 7) are doing daily live keyboard request videos each day at 4.30pm for the whole family – access them through their Facebook group
  • Khan Academy: Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material. 
  • BBC Bitesize. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer. 
  • BBC Learning: This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer. 
  • Seneca: For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material. 
  • The Imagination Tree: Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest. 
  • Toy Theater: Educational online games 
  • DK Find Out: Activities and quizzes 
  • Twinkl: This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures. 

LGBT specific

Ambient noises 

  • Rainy Mood – Allows you to play rain, with suggestions of ambient music to play at the same time. 
  • Coffitivity – The background noise of a coffee shop. Allows you to choose between different locations such as lunchtime lounge, morning murmur etc. 
  • Purrli – Purrrr of a cat! Lots of ways to adjust this to your preference. 
  • Snow emulator – Visually beautiful falling snow, the website gives you the opinion to play music with the scenery, or to choose your own. 
  • Rain For Me – Simple rain effects with the option to download the audio files for offline listening. 
  • Rainy Café – Combines the sounds of a bustling cafe setting with the sounds of drizzling rain. 
  • White Noise  – White noise can be soothing.

Distraction/Soothing Games  

Learn something new 

  • Coursera – online courses for free 
  • Futurelearn: Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account). 
  • Openlearn: Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people. 
  • 450 Ivy League courses you can take online for free

Stave off boredom 

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We hope that these help you to stay grounded, entertained and able to get through the coming weeks. These are unusual times, but there is kindness in our community and a wealth of fun, engaging and interesting things to do online! 

If you have any resources you think we should add, send them through to Caitlin on caitlin@survivorsnetwork.org.uk 

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