With recent events in the news, you might be feeling more concerned about staying physically and emotionally safe and well. We’ve put together some useful information that you may find helpful.
Street Safety Tips
Here are some tips to help you improve your personal safety when out and about:
- Plan your route in advance and let someone know where and when you’re going.
- Stay in well-lit, busier areas, avoiding short cuts.
- Keep valuables, such as your phone or wallet, hidden from sight.
- When jogging or running, vary your route day-to-day and stick to well-lit roads with pavements, or the main pathways in parks, where you can easily see who is around you.
- Avoid areas that you’re unsure of or unfamiliar with.
- Remain alert of your surroundings and the people around you. Using a mobile phone to call or text, or listening to loud music, affect your ability to assess your surroundings.
- When possible, travel with another person, being mindful of social distancing.
If you or someone else is in immediate danger please call 999 and ask for the police.
Personal Safety: Utilising your mobile phone
There are also personal safety apps that you can download to your phone. Below is a selection of some of these apps:
Additionally, if you are an iPhone user, you can find out more about how to turn on and use Emergency SOS here.
Personal safety at home: Domestic abuse
It’s important to understand that domestic violence can happen to anyone. If you are experiencing domestic abuse, it’s important that you tell sell someone. Remember, you are not alone and there is help and support available to you.
Information on how to get help and support during the Coronavirus outbreak can be found here.
If you’re concerned that someone may have seen that you have visited this webpage, Women’s Aid have information how you can cover your tracks online.
There are both local and national organisations that provide support and help, should you need it, including:
Personal safety: Sexual assault services
Sexual assault is a serious crime, no matter who commits it or where. It’s important to know that you should never be afraid to get help. Further information about rape, sexual assault, and the support that is available can be found here.
In Gloucestershire, Hope House Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) provides medical care, emotional and phycological support, and practical advise, help, and information to anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted.
Ava Carpenter, SARC Service Manager, said: ‘Our service is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. We treat all victims with the upmost dignity and respect, irrespective of their gender identity, age, ethnicity, ability, or sexual orientation.’
‘It’s important to know that you can contact Hope House SARC even if you have not reported to the police. We will always respect you wishes and put your needs first.’
Hope House can be contacted by calling 0300 421 6500. You can also find more information about their services here.
Personal safety: Mental health and emotional wellbeing
We understand that for many people some stories in the news this week may be triggering and cause distress or upset.
It’s important that you take time to look after your mental health. This can include taking a break from looking at the news, especially if you’re struggling to process what you are hearing or seeing.
Every Mind Matters has a wealth of information to help you look after your mental health, whether you’re feel anxious, stressed, or simply feeling low.
More information on how you can manage and take care of your mental health and wellbeing can be found here.
There is also a broad spectrum of organisations available, locally and nationally, that can provide professional support and advice should you need it. This includes:
If you or someone you know needs help in a mental health crisis, call our crisis teams on 0800 169 0398. Support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.