Coronavirus and your mental health
Taking care of your mental health is more important than ever in these challenging and difficult times. We are working hard to help and support those in our community who may be struggling.
There's a lot of information out there about how to stay safe and well, both physically and mentally, during the coronavirus outbreak. We know that it can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming to sort through this information and understand what is useful and trustworthy, so we've tried to do it for you. We've listed some top tips and useful resources to help you look after your health and wellbeing
If you are feeling anxious or worried about coronavirus, try to remember these important points:
You can also watch our short film for ten top tips to help you look after your mental wellbeing at this time:
For support, the first place to go to is the NHS's Every Mind Matters website. It's full of mental health help and advice, and they've also published 10 tips to help you if you're worried about coronavirus.
Both Mind and the Mental Health Foundation have also published useful advice and guidance, including plans for staying at home if you need to self isolate, managing handwashing and anxiety and how to keep up to date with the latest news whilst looking after your mental health.
Overall please remember, the illness will pass and we will return to normal so look after yourselves and, if possible, try to enjoy the different things that your current lifestyle may offer.
We've also compiled information that you can use with children to help them understand what's happening in a safe, non-scary way, along with resources for older people, those with long term health conditions and easy read resources to support people with learning disabilities, and their families and carers.