Mental Wellbeing and keeping safe during the coronavirus outbreak: sources of advice and support

There is no doubt that we are currently living through a hugely difficult time, so it’s important that we take some time to reflect on how we are all feeling. It is completely normal to feel stressed and anxious in challenging times such as this and to feel this way does not mean we are failing. We have compiled some links to sources of support which we hope you find useful.

An A5 advice booklet has been produced for use across the Network by Cumbria-based charity Every Life Matters. You can access it online here [updated Feb 2021]: Wellbeing and mental health during COVID-19: a guide to looking after yourself and others

General mental wellbeing advice

Public Health EnglandCOVID-19 Guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing

MindCoronavirus and your wellbeing

SamaritansIf you’re worried about your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak

Mental Health FoundationLooking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak

PHE Every Mind Matters10 tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus

World Health OrganisationMental health and psychosocial considerations during COVID-19 outbreak

Recovery College Online‘Coping during the pandemic’ course

If you’re struggling

If your mental or emotional state quickly gets worse at any time during the coronavirus outbreak, or you’re worried about someone you know, you can seek urgent help or advice via the following links.

List of mental health helplines

Staying SafeStaying safe from suicidal thoughts

SamaritansPractical ways to help yourself cope

ShoutCrisis text support – Text Shout to 85258

If someone is at immediate risk of suicide or injury through self-harm, treat it as an emergency and call 999.

Children and young people

Public Health England – COVID-19 Guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

Young MindsTalking to your child about coronavirus

Mental Health FoundationTalking to your children about the coronavirus pandemic

World Health OrganisationHelping children cope with stress during the COVID-19 outbreak

Anna Freud CentreSupporting young people’s mental health during times of disruption

BBC NewsroundAdvice if you’re upset by the news

BBC NewsroundAdvice if you’re worried about the coronavirus

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child HealthAdvice for parents during coronavirus (if your child is unwell or injured)

Staying at home and self-isolation

MindPlan for staying at home or indoors

Mental Health FoundationLooking after your mental health and wellbeing if you are staying home

PHE Every Mind MattersMental wellbeing while staying at home

CALMPutting the social into social distancing

PapyrusPractising self-care during times of uncertainty

Working from home

Mental Health at Work Coronavirus and isolation: supporting yourself and your colleagues

MindSupporting yourself and your team

BBC NewsFive ways to work well from home

Key workers

Our Frontlineround-the-clock one-to-one support, by call or text, from trained volunteers

Mental Health UKManaging your mental health as a key worker during the coronavirus outbreak

HeadspaceFree access to Headspace meditation app for NHS staff for rest of the year

Support for NHS staffAdditional support available for NHS staff at this stressful time.

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