Mental health and coronavirus
Coronavirus is affecting all our lives. Many of us are struggling with how it's affecting ourselves and our loved ones.
If you feel unable to cope or keep yourself safe, it's important to get urgent help now - see our Get urgent help for mental health page.
You might be worried about getting sick, the government restrictions, money worries and job uncertainty or feeling hopeless about when the pandemic might end.
Things might feel hard right now, but this situation is unusual. It's important to remember, it won't last forever.
Get help and support
There is lots of extra support available to help you cope during the outbreak.
Every Mind Matters
You can find support about coronavirus and mental wellbeing on the Every Mind Matters website. They have tips to help you manage anxiety about coronavirus along with advice on how to cope with loneliness, staying at home, job and money worries, working from home and how to sleep better.
You can find support about coronavirus and your wellbeing on the Mind website. They have tips to help you cope including ways to support yourself during winter. They cover understanding difficult feelings, tips for taking care of your mental wellbeing and looking after your practical needs.
Time to change
Checking in on your family, friends and colleagues is always important. But as the coronavirus pandemic continues, this is more important than ever. The coronavirus and mental health information on the Time to Change website has lots of information on how to support someone during Covid-19.
Mental Health Foundation
You can find support for how to look after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak on the Mental Health Foundation website. They give advice about how to celebrate special occasions during the restrictions, ideas for protecting and supporting your mental health during the outbreak and winter, how to cope with loneliness, change, loss and bereavement. They also give advice about looking after yourself if you're in an abusive home environment and also help with finance, housing and unemployment worries.
Rethink Mental Illness
The Rethink Mental Illness website has a Covid 19 and mental illness information hub which provides practical support and information that is useful for people living with, or supporting people with mental illness.
The government have released guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing which includes advice and information on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It also includes an easy-read guide to looking after your feelings and your body.
Every Life Matters
Every Life Matters have a guide to looking after yourself and others guide to looking after yourself and others which contains practical information about things you can do now to look after your mental health and wellbeing, and how you can support others.
Support for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) from COVID-19
If you are worried about your mental health, you should speak to your GP or existing care team. You can access further advice from The NHS website. Online self-referral forms are commonly available for some services including children and young people's mental health services, and psychological therapies services for adults with common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.
Every Mind Matters website is available for everyone with advice and practical steps that you can take to support your wellbeing and manage your mental health during this pandemic.
You may also find helpful resources, including information on how to access counselling and psychotherapy, on the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy's website.
All mental health providers, including providers of psychological therapies services, have been issued with guidance to encourage them to deliver care remotely so that vulnerable groups, including those who are shielding, can receive care safely.
Mental health trusts in England have been instructed to put in place 24/7 crisis lines for all ages so people can get urgent help whenever they need it. A national service finder for local urgent mental health telephone lines is now available on the NHS.UK website - NHS: Where to get urgent help for mental health.