Coronavirus and mental health
Tips, advice and guidance on where you can get support for your mental health during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic
- I am anxious about the easing of restrictions
- I am struggling with school
- I’m feeling anxious all the time
- My mood is low because of all the bad news
- I am struggling with self-isolation and social distancing
- I am struggling to manage my eating disorder
- I have lost a loved one due to coronavirus
- What else can I do to look after my mental health?
If you’re worried about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on your mental health, you are not alone.
The Covid-19 pandemic is an uncertain time for all of us, so it is only natural that it will affect our mental health in different ways. The important thing to remember is that however you are feeling right now is valid. With the right help and support, you can get through this.
Whatever you are going through right now, we have information and advice that can really help.
I am anxious about the easing of restrictions
- After being in lockdown for so long, it’s natural to have mixed feelings about the easing of restrictions. There’s no need to feel guilty if you’re not as excited as some other people are. Remember that it's okay to take things at your own pace.
- It's totally normal to feel worried about the rules and regulations changing. But if you find you're worrying so much that it’s becoming hard to do other things, speak to a friend or trusted adult about how you're feeling.
- If you’re unsure how to start a conversation about mental health, check out our reaching out for help page, or this blog from Rachel, 18, on her tips for starting a conversation around mental health in lockdown.
- Louisa, 17, shares her tips for coping with anxiety about change.
- If you have been shielding during the pandemic, the easing of restrictions may feel especially scary. This is completely understandable, but remember that restrictions are only easing because lots of experts have said it’s safe. If you are feeling really nervous, try taking small steps – for example, you could start by going on a small walk each day and slowly increase the time you are out for. There’s no rush, so take things at your own pace.
- If you're feeling anxious about seeing people and socialising again, read our blogger Molly's tips for coping with social anxiety.
- Gigi, 25, has also shared how she's coping with social anxiety as lockdown eases.
I am struggling with school
- After so long studying from home, it's natural to feel anxious about going to school. However you're feeling is valid and you are not alone. Two of our bloggers share how they're feeling and what's helping in our blog on coping with anxiety about going back to school.
- If you're worried about catching Covid-19, remember that everyone is doing their best to prevent that from happening, and your school wouldn't have been able to reopen if it wasn't safe.
- If you are experiencing bullying, have a look at our bullying page for more information, tips and advice.
- If you are struggling with an eating problem and are finding it hard to adjust to being at school again, have a look at our eating problems page.
I’m feeling anxious all the time
- Anxiety is really high for lots of people right now, even people who don’t usually struggle with anxiety. Read our blog: What to do if you're anxious about coronavirus.
- Check out our general advice on dealing with anxiety.
- If you’re struggling with thoughts and actions that you cannot control (obsessive thoughts or compulsive behaviours) take a look at our OCD advice.
- We also have a blog on coping with OCD during the coronavirus pandemic.
- You may find it helpful to practise some grounding techniques when you're feeling anxious or stressed.
- Our blogger Victoria, 21, has also shared some practical positive psychology techniques you can use.
- Read how seven of our Activists are managing in the third national lockdown.
- Eve, 20, explains why you're not "wasting time" in this pandemic, and why it's okay to take time out.
- Some of our bloggers share their worries about how Covid-19 may affect their future, as well as their tips for coping.
My mood is low because of all the bad news
- Limit the time you spend checking the news and try to follow social media accounts that keep you positive and make you smile. Accounts like @the_happy_broadcast on Instagram only post good news stories.
- We have loads of tips on cleaning up your social media feed for a more positive time online - take a look at #OwnYourFeed.
- Follow the YoungMinds Instagram account! @youngmindsuk
Which quarantine character are you? Take our quiz!
Have you got a hundred projects on the go, or are you just chilling and waiting for this all to be over? Take our quiz to find out what your quarantine character is and get tips and advice for looking after your mental health during this time.
I am struggling to manage my eating disorder
What else can I do to look after my mental health?
- Visit our blog for real stories from young people getting through the coronavirus pandemic, self-care tips and finding help.
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YoungMinds Crisis Messenger
Provides free, 24/7 text support for young people across the UK experiencing a mental health crisis.
All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors.
Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.
Texts can be anonymous, but if the volunteer believes you are at immediate risk of harm, they may share your details with people who can provide support.
Text: YM to 85258
Opening times: 24/7
If you’re under 19 you can confidentially call, chat online or email about any problem big or small.
Can provide a BSL interpreter if you are deaf or hearing-impaired.
Hosts online message boards where you can share your experiences, have fun and get support from other young people in similar situations.
Phone: 0800 1111
Opening times: 9am - midnight, 365 days a year
NHS urgent mental health helpline (England only)
Offers mental health support and advice, help to speak to a mental health professional, and can arrange an assessment to help decide on the best course of care.
Opening times: 24/7
Supports Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic children (11+), young people and parents and carers who have been affected by Covid-19. You can call to talk through any worry or problem, including around issues such as bereavement, physical or mental health, financial issues or unemployment, or bullying and racism.
You can speak to someone in English, Gujarati, Urdu, Bengali, French, Spanish, Arabic, Punjabi, Mirpuri, Pothwari, Hinko, Hindi and Sundhi. Interpreters are available for other languages.
Webchat service available here during opening hours.
Phone: 0800 1512605
Opening times: 10am - 8pm, Monday - Friday; 10am - 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays