We know that during the current COVID-19 outbreak, it feels less safe than ever for people to leave home, or think about going missing. If you have a loved one away from home we understand you may be more worried about them than ever.
We’ve put together the following tips in case they’re helpful in these difficult times...
If you have a loved one who is missing or away from home:
If you're worried about a loved one going missing during COVID-19:
Many of us will be feeling anxious about the current situation, including people in your family and peer groups, and this may be affecting their mental health. Talk to them about COVID-19: make sure that they feel able to talk about their concerns, that they understand the social distancing guidelines, and talk through any new expectations on you all. Keep in mind that this is a particularly difficult time for those with pre-existing mental health conditions or additional needs. Changes to routine, being allowed outside, and seeing friends are difficult for everyone, but might be even more so for them.
The charity Mind have developed a range of resources for people who are struggling with their mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak. They might be useful for you or you could share them with a loved one that you're worried about.
Share the details for our confidential, 24/7 Helpline with anyone you may be concerned about who is struggling or feeling overwhelmed if you feel that they might want to leave home or be at risk of going missing.