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The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak means that life is changing for all of us for a while. It may cause you to feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, lonely or frustrated.

It's important to remember it is OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently. Remember, this situation is temporary and, for most of us, these difficult feelings will pass.

There are some simple things you can do to help you take care of your mental health and wellbeing during times of uncertainty. Doing so will help you think clearly, and make sure you are able to look after yourself and those you care about.

We have put together a list of recommended websites and resources that may help you during this time.

Recommended websites

  • The NHS Every Mind Matters website has a dedicated page about how the Coronavirus outbreak may affect your mental wellbeing, It gives some great tips and advice on things you can do to look after you mental wellbeing.
  • Mind is a mental health charity. They have created an information hub on their website with lots of useful advice and information including dealing with stress, loneliness, anxiety and grief.

Video - dealing with anxiety during a pandemic

Useful documents

Document TitleSummary
Coronavirus & mental health - how to support someone with a learning disabilityHow to support and spot signs of distress
Coronavirus anxiety workbookA tool to help you build resilience during difficult times
FACE COVID - How to respond effectively to the Corona CrisisA set of practical steps for responding effectively to the Corona crisis
Introductory self-help course in Cognitive Behavioural TherapyThis 7 step mini course gives an introduction to CBT
Living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertaintyA free guide produced by Psychology Tools Ltd
Survival mode - the effects of the Coronavirus threatThe psychology behind our response to the Coronavirus threat

Helplines and support groups

Whether you're concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines and support groups can offer expert advice.

Anxiety UK

  • Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
  • Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 10pm; Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 8pm)
  • Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk

Bipolar UK

  • A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.
  • Website: www.bipolaruk.org.uk

CALM

  • CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.
  • Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)
  • Website: www.thecalmzone.net

Men's Health Forum

Mental Health Foundation

  • Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.
  • Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Mind

  • Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
  • Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)
  • Website: www.mind.org.uk

No Panic

  • Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD.
  • Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider's Access Charge
  • Website: www.nopanic.org.uk

OCD Action

  • Support for people with OCD. Includes information on treatment and online resources.
  • Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider's Access Charge
  • Website: www.ocdaction.org.uk

OCD UK

  • A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments.
  • Phone: 0333 212 7890 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
  • Website: www.ocduk.org

PAPYRUS

  • Young suicide prevention society.
  • Phone: HOPELINEUK 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 10pm, and 2pm to 10pm on weekends and bank holidays)
  • Website: www.papyrus-uk.org

Rethink Mental Illness

  • Support and advice for people living with mental illness.
  • Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)
  • Website: www.rethink.org

Samaritans

  • Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
  • Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
  • Website: www.samaritans.org.uk

SANE

YoungMinds

  • Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.
  • Phone: Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)
  • Website: www.youngminds.org.uk
Next review due: 1 September 2020