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’m feeling anxious all the time
- My mood is low because of all the bad news
- I am anxious about all the changes
- 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 coronavirus on your mental health, you are not alone.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a new and uncertain time for all of us, so it is only natural that it will affect our mental health in different ways. However you are feeling right now is valid. With the right help and support, we can get through this.
Here is our advice on things you can do to keep mentally healthy during this time.
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.
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
I am anxious about all the changes
- It's totally normal to feel worried about the rules and regulations changing. But if you find you're worrying so much it's hard to do other things, speak to a friend or trusted adult about how you're feeling.
- Remember that it's OK to take things at your own pace.
- If you're worried about seeing people or being around people again, have a look at our blogger Molly's tips for coping with social anxiety.
- Our blogger Gigi also shares how she's coping with social anxiety when seeing people again.
- Two of our bloggers share how they're coping with anxiety about going back to school.
- Our blogger Rachael shares how she's coping with anxiety about going back to work.
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.
Supported by The National Lottery Community Fund:
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