We are facing a complex stage, full of challenges, at the emotional level too.
The consequences of the COVID-19 crisis (relating to health, society, the economy and so on) and uncertainties over the future may affect our emotional and mental health. Many citizens are experiencing anxiety, fear or loneliness.
In view of this situation, the City Council has launched a mental health shock plan to deal with people’s psychological suffering resulting from the COVID-19.
Consult this webpage for the services we are putting at your disposal, should you need emotional support or counselling for the situation we are currently experiencing.
Many of us currently feel tired. In view of the criris situation, we may be experiencing more intense feelings such as stress, uncertainty, fear and anxiety, besides having suffered the loss of a loved one. Or loss of work. Or any other difficult situation caused by the pandemic.
For the city residents who so need it, the City Council is launching counselling and grief -support groups, in collaboration with the Catalan Official Psychologists Association (COPC).
Emotional support groups are being organised from the five offices providing help with procedures relating to subsidies, promoted by Barcelona Activa and the Neighbourhood Plan and located in the districts of Nou Barris, Ciutat Vella, Sant Andreu and Sant Martí.
They had an open, face-to-face format, held under the guidance of a psychologist. Owing to the current restrictive measures, the number of people taking part will be up to a maximum of six, although that number is expected to double once the health situation improves.
The meetings have already started in the districts of Nou Barris, Sant Martí, Sant Andreu and Ciutat Vella, with the aim that they will gradually extend to other parts of the city.
Grief support groups
They consist of ten 2-hour sessions for addressing and sharing the bereavement experience and the loss of a loved one. The sessions will be conducted by a psychologist specialising in bereavement and held at different city libraries.
You can get information or sign up to take part by calling 934 132 121 or by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s free to register for the support groups, but users are asked to make a commitment to attending the sessions.
Last updated 03/03/2021
If you need emotional or psychological support because of the current circumstances, you can call the Hepeline (24 hrs): 682 900 500.
The following numbers are also available for specific groups:
- Essential services staff: 935 678 856 (from 9 am to 10 pm, Monday to Sunday)
- Self-employed professionals: 900 505 805 from 6 am to 12 midnight, Monday to Sunday). Password: AUTONOMS2020
- Domestic and care workers: 900 505 805 (from 6 am to 12 midnight, Monday to Sunday). Password: DOMICILIO2020
Latest update 17/12/2020
Suicide is the leading cause of death among men aged 15 to 44 in the city and the second cause of death among women after breast cancer.
Freephone suicide prevention helpline, 900 925 555 (operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year). Attends to all calls from people experiencing suicidal thoughts or behaviours. Also attends to family members and the social circles of people who express suicidal ideas or behaviours.
Suicide prevention help point. Attends to and offers support to family members, friends and work colleagues of people at risk of suicide. The service is located in the Barcelona Cuida offices and the helpline number is 934 132 121.
Last updated: 22/12/2020
Cabàs Emocional (ES) is a website with resources and recommendations to help you deal with life’s problems and look after your emotional welfare. It provides tools to help you recognise emotions and deal with them, as well as mechanisms to help people close to you who are going through a crisis.
The website includes a programme of online activities as well as digital resources (documents, guides, videos and audio resources) to help you deal with the most common mental ailments, such as anxiety, stress, relationship difficulties, insomnia issues or profound sadness.
You will find information on how to deal with the following situations:
- Grief and loss of loved ones.
- Feelings of being overwhelmed due to living with, or caring for, dependants or people who are ill.
- Extended physical isolation.
- Distress due to the loss of work and income.
- Feelings of missing out.
- Anxiety for an uncertain future.
- You will also find tools for parents of children or teenagers wishing to improve their skills.
Cabàs Emocional (ES)
Last updated: 30/12/2020
Service for Teenagers and Families (SAIF)
You can contact the listening and support service for young people aged 12 to 20 “Aquí t’escoltem” and the Centre for Families with Adolescents on 932 563 560.
If you prefer, you can also call them or receive confidential individual assistance from both services through their specific channels. (Spanish)
You can contact this service if you are aged between 12 and 22 and need psychological support. It also offers advice for families, professionals, associations and organisations working with people in that age bracket.
Last updated 06/04/2021
There will be emotional support teachers in 81 schools during the 2021-2022 school year in Barcelona. As the name suggests, they will provide emotional support for children and teenagers, taking part in group class activities and directly assisting students when they identify situation in which children are having difficulties in terms of development.
The aim is to address psychological distress and incipient mental health problems that may arise among children and adolescents, who along with young people are the ones who are suffering most from the emotional impact of the COVID-19 crisis.
Online activities will also be set up for students, their families, and teachers, and it will be possible for every educational centre to have a Konsulta’m [Consult me] point (Spanish), offering psychological support and counselling for young people between the ages of 12 and 22.
Last updated 20/04/2021
These guides offer practical tools for leisure and sports activity monitors with children, teenagers and young people, to deal with the special circumstances caused by COVID-19.You can consult the guides here:
- Support guide and educational guidelines in educational and sport leisure (PDF) (catalan), with proposals to be included in the learning activities linked to basic instrumental skills, centred on oral expression, reading and mathematical games.
- Guide to recommendations and resources for the emotional management and support of children and teenagers in educational and leisure spaces (PDF) (catalan), which provide guidelines on how to manage emotional difficulties, communicate ourselves in complex situations and deal with situations of grief, conflict and specific needs. It comes with nine videos.
Last updated: 30/12/2020
The World Health Organisation considers loneliness to be one of the 21st century’s major pandemics. Figures show that the feeling of loneliness affects all social profiles, ages and genders, a phenomenon that is especially marked in big cities and one that has increased notably since Covid-19.
Priorto Covid-19, a high percentage of the population of Barcelona of all ages felt lonely. It is a feeling that can occur as much in childhood as among adults and the elderly.
In response to these figures, Barcelona City Council has devised the 2020-2030 Municipal Strategy to combat Loneliness as one of its priority areas for the coming years. The aim is to identify risks, foster social ties, provide services and resources and adapt existing municipal services.
One of the first steps is the creation of the Scientific Advisory Council against Loneliness, made up of academic and scientific experts who will put forward proposals for actions to reduce and prevent loneliness in the city. The Municipal Observatory on Loneliness will also be set up. This will include information on resources and services to combat loneliness aimed at both professionals and Barcelona residents.
More information (PDF)[Catalan]
Last updated 30/12/2020
Barcelona City Council has launched a mental-health shock plan to deal with COVID-19-related psychological suffering.
The plan prioritises the groups hit hardest by the effects of the crisis: young children and teenagers, carers who have taken on a significant extra burden, the elderly and people with mental health problems.
Last updated: 25/05/2021
How are the city’s elderly people feeling, given the Covid-19 pandemic? In an effort to answer this question, the City Council will be calling some 70,000 elderly people to find out how they have been during the world health crisis and pandemic.
It will be telephoning people between the ages 70 to 84 who live in the city but are not users of any municipal project or service.
The aim is to find out the emotional state of the city’s elderly residents and detect any situations of undesired loneliness or suffering, as well as inform these residents of the city’s current support resources, how the social services centres operate and about the network of old people’s centres.
Last updated: 05/03/2021