Mental health, wellbeing and coronavirus

How to support yourself and others during coronavirus

Coronavirus (Covid-19) is having an impact on all of us, and will affect us all in different ways.

As well as thinking about our physical health, it’s important we take time to think about our mental health and wellbeing.

There’s lots of great guidance out there about looking after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak. We’ve gathered some resources that might be helpful for you during this time.

Looking after your own mental health

Government guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus: government guidance on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus and your wellbeing: practical advice from Mind on coping with staying at home, looking after your wellbeing, and where to find more help.

10 tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus: tips from the NHS’s Every Mind Matters to help improve your mental health and wellbeing if you’re worried or anxious about coronavirus.

Mental wellbeing while staying at home: tips and advice from NHS’s Every Mind Matters to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope with how you may feel while staying at home.

Check out our blog post Stay home, stay happy for some top tips to help you stay productive, healthy, and happy.

If you’re a Girlguiding volunteer feeling under pressure to achieve while we’re in lockdown, remember that the most important thing you can do right now is to look after yourself. Check out our update for members on why it’s ok to just be.  

Supporting young people

Events like the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic can be very difficult for young people to understand, and they may feel anxious and scared.

As the pandemic increasingly begins to affect their daily lives, it’s important children have trusted adults to talk to and share their feelings with. Check out our blog on how to talk to young people about coronavirus.

Advice for parents

Much of the below information is aimed at parents and carers, but lots of it will also be useful for Girlguiding volunteers working with young people.

Government guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak: Government advice to help adults with caring responsibilities look after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people, including those with additional needs and disabilities, during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

Talking to your child about coronavirus: if your child is worried or anxious about coronavirus, here are some tips from YoungMinds’ Parents Helpline experts on what you can do.

Supporting Parents Helpfinder: if you're not sure about the best way to support your child's mental health during this time, YoungMinds have created a resource to help guide you towards the resources that will be the most helpful for your child's specific needs. 

Coronavirus advice and support for parents and carers: the NSPCC have created a hub featuring lots of advice for parents, including tips for staying safe online, practical advice for dealing with family tensions or managing arguments, and support for managing a return to school. 

How to talk to your children about coronavirus: eight tips from Unicef to help comfort and protect children.

Coronavirus: Helpful information to answer questions from children: top tips from Place2Be on supporting your child, and yourself.

You might also want to check out our guidance on supporting young Girlguiding members experiencing mental health difficulties.

Advice aimed at young people

Coronavirus and mental health: tips, advice and guidance from YoungMinds on where young people can get support for their mental health during the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus and your wellbeing: information from Mind for young people who are worried about coronavirus and want to know how to cope with changes to their lives.

Looking after your mental health while self-isolating: tips for young people on looking after their mental health while self-isolating or social distancing because of coronavirus.

Childline: support and advice for young people. Call 0800 1111 if a young person needs someone to talk to.

Where to go for urgent help

  • Contact NHS 111 if you need urgent care but it’s not life-threatening
  • If you or someone you live with is seriously injured or at immediate risk of harm, call 999.
  • If you're in distress and need support, you can ring Samaritans for free at any time of the day or night on 116 123 or [email protected]
  • YoungMinds Crisis Messenger service gives free 24/7 mental health support to young people. They can text YM to 85258 for support if they are having a mental health crisis.

The coronavirus situation is changing quickly, and not all guidance listed here will be up to date. It’s important to follow the latest official guidance on staying at home and away from others to keep everyone safe.