In these challenging times, it can be hard to look after your own mental and physical health – but everybody should have ways to help themselves or someone they can turn to for support when they’re struggling.

At Pile-o-Pets, we care for everybody in the wider pet community. We encourage you not to struggle alone, reach out to your fellow pets for support. Conversation or text messages can mean the world in hard times.

Further to support from our community, we encourage anyone who feels like they need professional help to reach out. We’ve included some links below to support resources that can help you.

From all of us at Pile-o-Pets: please keep safe, look after yourself and others where you can.

What Can I do?

Sometimes the little things can really help, we’ve taken some of the tips from the NHS Every Mind Matters site that we believe may be able to help our fellow pets.

Keep Active
It can be tough to keep active, especially if you’re feeling low – but something as small as going for a walk can really help clear your mind.

Eat Healthily
Keeping a good diet is proven to help keep both your physical and mental health in check, you don’t need to be salad 24/7 – but small steps in the right direction make a huge difference.

Keep in Touch with Loved Ones
It is easy to feel lonely, especially during this strange time. Keeping in touch through voice/video calls, socially distant walks or even just a quick text can really do wonders.

Professional Support Resources

These resources have been sourced from Reddit’s SW Wiki – Pile-o-Pets have tried to ensure these links are correct at time of publishing. We have not included links for all countries, you can find more at the link above.

United Kingdom
Samaritans (www.samaritans.org)
Voice: 116 123 (24/7 Free to call, will not appear on phone bills, formerly 08457 90 90 90)
Email: emailjo@samaritans.org
Shout – Crisis Text Line UK (https://www.crisistextline.uk/)
Text: SHOUT to 85258
Helplines for Men from thecalmzone.net:
Voice: 0800 58 58 58 (5pm to midnight nationwide, also 0808 802 58 58 London and 0800 58 58 58 Merseyside)
Text 07537 404717 (5 pm to midnight, start your text with CALM2)
Online Chat: https://www.thecalmzone.net/help/get-help/
ChildLine (childline.org.uk), for those 19 and under:
Voice: 0800-11-11 (Free to call, does not appear on phone bills)
Online Chat: http://www.childline.org.uk/Talk/Chat/Pages/OnlineChat.aspx
Email: http://www.childline.org.uk/Talk/Pages/Email.aspx
Papyrus HOPELINEUK, suicide prevention specialist service for children and young adults (under 35)
Hours are 9 am – 10 pm weekdays 2 pm – 10 pm weekends 2 pm – 10 pm bank holidays
Voice: 0800 068 4141
Text: 07786209697
Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org
Directory of suicide-related services: http://www.supportline.org.uk/problems/suicide.php

United States
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) Veterans press 1 to reach specialised support.
Online Chat: http://chat.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/GetHelp/LifelineChat.aspx
Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 741741.
Youth-Specific services (voice/text/chat/email) from the Boys’ Town National Hotline:
US Spanish: 1-800-SUICIDA