Helping people take care of their mental health during the coronavirus outbreak

Senior psychologists from Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are offering advice and guidance to help people take care of their mental health during the coronavirus crisis - and beyond.

The Trust, which provides specialist mental health and learning disability services in Sussex and Hampshire, has published information and support to make sure people can help manage the way they are feeling in what are difficult and challenging times for everyone.

Director of Psychology and Psychological Therapy, Dr Nick Lake, said: "The coronavirus outbreak is affecting us all psychologically. People will be worried about the impact of the disease on themselves, and their families and friends, not just in terms of health but in all the other ways it is changing our lives right now. This includes those people whose jobs are threatened, who are struggling financially and who may be suffering with anxiety or depression.

"It is more likely that people will suffer mental health problems because they may have lost things that normally keep us emotionally well. These include contact with friends and family, physical exercise and other routines that give us a sense of purpose. That's why it is important that we can provide as much advice and guidance to support people where we can."

Dr Lake has identified 10 top things which can help people look after themselves and others around them:

You can also catch the top ten tips in our short video:

More detailed information is available from the coronavirus pages on our website, as well as links to other resources to help.

You will also find information about visiting our hospitals during the coronavirus outbreak and links to the latest information and guidance from the government.

There is also good advice about how to talk to children about coronavirus from Sussex Partnership's Flourishing Families Clinic.