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 coming out of lockdown
- 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?
- Helplines and services available
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 am anxious about coming out of lockdown
- It's totally normal to feel worried about things changing as we move out of lockdown. 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 Rachael shares how she's coping with anxiety about going back to work.
I’m feeling anxious all the time
- Anxiety is really high for lots of people right now, even people who don’t usually feel 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.
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 struggling to manage my eating disorder
What else can I do to look after my mental health?
Helplines and services available
- You can find information for young people about coronavirus and ideas for things to do while staying home on their website.
- The Mix’s emotional support services are open as normal – and if you’re under 25 you can talk to them about anything that’s troubling you over the phone, email or webchat. You can also use their phone or online counselling service.
- Helpline open daily 4-11pm: 0808 808 4994
- Email service
- Webchat open daily 4-11pm
- Counselling service
- If you're under 19 you can confidentially call, email or chat online about any problem big or small
- Freephone 24h helpline: 0800 1111
- Provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis
- If you need urgent help text YM to 85258
- 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.
- Find your local NHS urgent mental health helpline number here
- England only
- 24-hour advice and support