Hundreds of people ask for mental health advice from Northampton's Joe Plumb during coronavirus lockdown

"It’s imperative that in these difficult times, we all come together and help one another."

Wednesday, 8th April 2020, 4:25 pm
Updated Wednesday, 8th April 2020, 4:28 pm

Northampton's Joe Plumb has become a source of mental health guidance for many people during the coronavirus crisis.

The public figure, who set up an anti-bullying charity aged 13, has been holding isolation mental health check-ins on his social media pages with different colour hearts symbolising how people feel.

After offering to help anyone feeling anxious during the lockdown, more than 200 people emailed him looking for advice on one day.

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Joe Plumb lives in Northampton. Photo: Joe Plumb/Facebook

"This is a tough time for many. The changes to routine, not being able to work, worrying about finances and how you’re going to pay the bills and put meals on the table," he said.

"Not being allowed to visit friends and in some cases, family, is having a detrimental effect on many.

"It’s imperative that in these difficult times, we all come together and help one another.

"You’re never alone, even if it seems like you are. I'm here, always!"

Joe's heart system has a green emoji for 'I'm doing great' down to the black heart for 'I'm in a bad place right now'.

For more information about Joe and how he might able to help, visit joeplumb.org.