Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Mental Health

Coronavirus and Mental Health

Support for Children and Young People

COVID-19 Bereavement Support for Children and Young People Aged 4 – 19

To support children and young people in Kent who experience complicated grief as a result of Covid-19, KCC have extended their Children and Young People’s Counselling Service to include bereavement support:

Referrals (including self-referrals) can be made via the Single Point of Access here or by calling 0300 123 4496.

Further information is available here including online support available in Kent, Children and Young Person Counselling Service and Chat Health texting system for 11 – 19 year olds.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

How coronavirus is spread

Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.

Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.

It’s very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus


  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell


  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

What to do if you think you might have coronavirus

If you think you might have coronavirus or you’ve been in close contact with someone who has it:

  • stay at home and avoid close contact with other people
  • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next

The 111 coronavirus service will tell you if you need to continue to stay at home (self-isolate) or if you need medical help.

Access the NHS 111 coronavirus system

If you have any other questions about the virus or illness then have a look through the NHS Common Questions about Coronavirus webpage.