Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Mental Health

Coronavirus and Mental Health

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.

Access the NHS 111 coronavirus system

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:

Mental Health Matters: 0800 107 0160
Mind Infoline: 0300 123 3393
Email Mind: info@mind.org.uk
Text Mind: 86463

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:

About depression
About loneliness
About panic attacks
About physical health and mental health
About Mindfulness

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:

Helpline Numbers:  

The CALMzone (Campaign Against Living Miserably): Phone: 0800 58 58 58, 5pm–midnight, 365 days a year or webchat 5pm–midnight, 365 days a year.

Samaritans: available 24/7. Call free from any phone on 116 123.

Shout: available 24/7. Text 85258.

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For Young People:

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

Childline: call free on 0800 1111 or log in for a 1-2-1 counsellor chat

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For Families: