THE ROYAL National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is continuing to support blind and partially sighted people in Yorkshire and the Humber during Mental Health Awareness Week, which begins today.

Since Covid-19 restrictions were lifted, RNIB’s counselling team said it is experiencing an increasing number of calls for emotional support.

Referrals to the Mental Wellbeing Check-ins, which provides an hour-long call with a counsellor, are also rising.  

RNIB’s Sight Loss Advice Service provides practical and emotional support to help reduce isolation and loneliness for blind and partially sighted people.

Amanda Hawkins, Strategic Lead for Counselling and Mental Health at RNIB, said: “Although lockdown restrictions have been eased for a while, we’re all still adjusting and it’s crucial we continue to look after our mental health in the process.

“Whether you’re experiencing feelings of isolation, interested in a listening ear, or seeking some advice, our sight loss advice line is here to support you.

“The mental health hub on our website also has several downloadable guides to help with loneliness, sleep difficulties, mindfulness and much more.”

If you or someone you know could benefit from speaking to someone, or for tips on how to maintain your mental health, please visit or call RNIB’s Sight Loss Advice Service on 0303 123 9999.