Talk about it. Get help.

Many people in Switzerland also suffer mentally from the effects of the corona crisis. “TALK ABOUT IT. FIND HELP” is the name of the action day initiated by the FOPH and taking place on December 10th 2020. The relief organisations Pro Mente Sana, The Helping Hand, Pro Juventute, Pro Senectute, Caritas and the Swiss Red Cross, together with many other players, are devoting themselves to the most varied aspects of the topic “mental health”. People in difficult situations thus experience solidarity and are informed about concrete offers of help. The day also aims to raise awareness among the entire population of the need to be attentive and provide help to those around them.

Further information about the Day of Action: www.bag.admin.ch/dayofaction

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Here you can find help and advice:

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«Die Dargebotene Hand» (The Helping Hand)

«Die Dargebotene Hand» offers free advice via telephone, e-mail or Internet chat

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PRO MENTE SANA EMPOWERS PEOPLE TO HELP OTHERS WHO ARE NOT DOING WELL EMOTIONALLY, ALLOWING TABOOS REGARDING MENTAL HEALTH TO BE OVERCOME.

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For children and young people: advice in case of questions or problems or in the event of an emergency:

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Pro Juventute parental counselling

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Pro Senectute

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Caritas

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Swiss Red Cross

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Conversation tips, inputs for mental health and more than 1000 counselling addresses and services:

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Information platform around mental health including tips (German, French and Italian):

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Online advice on addiction issues

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Self-organised neighbourhood assistance

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Easy-to-understand information on the coronavirus available in more than 50 languages.

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ensa first-aid courses enable laypeople to approach persons suffering from mental health problems and provide first aid.

Do you feel threatened in your own home?

You will find phone numbers and email addresses for anonymous advice and protection throughout Switzerland at:

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Victim Support Switzerland. Free, confidential and anonymous advice throughout Switzerland.

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Counseling on violence:

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In an emergency call the police 117.

Stay active – good for body and soul

Even if you have to stay at home now: regular physical activity does you good. It strengthens the body, improves our mood, reduces stress and anxiety, and boosts the immune system.

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Tips to stay active for adults and children