As you may know, COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your breathing via your lungs and airways. COVID-19 is the name of the illness and it’s caused by a virus called coronavirus. People tend to use these two terms interchangeably in when talking about it.
If you think you may have coronavirus, you can check your symptoms against the list below and use the online NHS 111 coronavirus system to tell you what to do next.
Coronavirus and Mental Health
We know that the thought of the coronavirus can cause greater anxiety and worry for people with existing mental health problems. If you have any worries then you can speak to Mind or Mental Health Matters on the helplines below:
If you have to self-isolate, then you may be concerned about loneliness and depression. Mind have some more information which may help you, including information on mindfulness and how it could help:
The Easing of Lockdown and Mental Health
Do you feel anxious about Lockdown Easing? Lockdown rules are changing fast and although this can mean that we are able to spend ‘real’ time with loved ones, friends and possibly work colleagues, spend more time outdoors and perhaps engage in some sporting activities, the thought of change can be very daunting and can be challenging for our mental health. As we try to work out the easing of lockdown rules, we may feel confused about what we can and can’t do and this can also bring about feelings of angst.
We’ve pulled together some helpful information that’ll hopefully help support you through these unsettling times:
- This page explains feelings you might have about lockdown easing. It also provides tips on managing these feelings and where to get more support: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/managing-feelings-about-lockdown-easing/
- This page offers helpful advice if you’re finding lockdown easing difficult. Also includes CALM’s helpline & webchat info: https://www.thecalmzone.net/2020/07/a-little-help-if-lockdown-easing-isnt-making-things-easier/
- This page includes mental health tips, coping with uncertainty, working during the pandemic, picking up social lives, looking after children & family and information about dealing with loss and bereavement: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/coming-out-of-lockdown
- Cruse offers telephone, email and website support for bereaved people. Here you’ll find bereavement support including tips on how to help yourself and how to help others who’ve been bereaved. Also Includes Cruse’s helpline number: https://www.cruse.org.uk/get-help/coronavirus-help/coronavirus-coping-restrictions-ease
For Young People:
- Information for young people who are struggling with their feelings about lockdown changing, and want to know how to cope and adjust: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/for-children-and-young-people/coronavirus/managing-feelings-about-changes-to-lockdown/
- This page explains what coronavirus is and tips on how to cope. How to get help if you’re worried about anything or if you can’t stop worrying with links to further support. Also find the Childline helpline number here: https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/anxiety-stress-panic/worries-about-the-world/coronavirus/
- For 11-19 year olds. Information about managing your emotions. Plus ChatHealth text support – a confidential texting service for young people. https://www.kentyouthhealth.nhs.uk/topic/emotions-during-coronavirus-covid-19/
- This page offers advice on how to manage your emotions & behaviours, and offers support to help you build resilience during this difficult time: https://moodspark.org.uk/supporting-you-during-covid-19/
Helpline Numbers for children & young people:
Text the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger, for free 24/7 support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis. If you need urgent help text YM to 85258.
Kooth.com is for young people 10 to 16 to get advice, information and chat to a qualified counsellor.
Chat Health – confidential texting service for young people aged 11-19. Text Chat Health about any concerns or health issues on 07520 618850
- Information for parents on supporting your child through the coronavirus pandemic and the transition out of lockdown: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/supporting-your-child-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/
- How to access counselling for children and young people: https://www.kentcht.nhs.uk/service/school-health/counselling-and-emotional-health/
- Six ways to support your children as lockdown eases: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zkqtjsg
- This page offers information about supporting your child’s return to school after lockdown. Also includes useful resources on bereavement, loss and grief: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/returning-school-after-lockdown
- Public Health England guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak