The coronavirus outbreak is affecting the way many of us live our lives, and it's normal that this will affect people's mental health. We've gathered some resources that might be helpful.
⚠️ We're updating the information on this page in relation to the Coronavirus outbreak. The advice on this page may change significantly as the situation continues to develop.
Page last updated: 9 October 2020
You may be feeling more worried or unsettled by what's going on in the world. It might feel like things are changing, and there is a lot that’s outside of our control. Because of coronavirus, there are a lot of unknowns about the immediate and long-term future. It’s natural that these uncertain and challenging times can affect our mental health and wellbeing. At Samaritans, we’re committed to helping those who are struggling, however we can.
Samaritans is a critical service, needed now more than ever. While we've taken the difficult decision to stop offering face to face support in our branches, our listening service has stayed open.
Our volunteers are working hard to minimise disruption to our services and support the people who need us. Each of our branches are following strict social distancing guidelines and hygiene standards to keep our volunteers safe. While it may take us longer to answer the phone or answer emails, we're still here, 24 hours a day.
As guidance changes, we may be able to see family and friends more, visit the shops, play sport or return to work. For many of us, these welcome changes may be difficult for our mental health as we face new situations. For others, if we are living in an area under local lockdown or self-isolating, it will be important to look after our mental health while staying at home.
It’s normal that the changes to our day-to-day lives might affect our mood, and it’s something we’d really encourage you to talk about, however you can, via a socially distanced meet up, video messaging, over the phone or texting. Although we may be physically isolated from one another, it’s more important than ever for us to feel socially connected, so try and reach out to people to talk, and try to be there to listen to others.
In case it’s helpful, we have gathered some resources to look after your wellbeing at this time.
If you're worried about looking after yourself during the coronavirus outbreak
If you're finding things tough
- If you're finding things tough, we've got some practical things you can do to help yourself cope
- Use our self-help web app to track your mood and find practical tips and techniques to look after your emotional health
Looking after your mental health
- Mental Health Foundation has some top tips on how to manage your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak
- Happiful have put together a list of tips on managing your mental wellbeing as we adjust to the new normal
- Huffington Post has some tips on looking after your mental health during self-isolation
- Age UK, the charity for older people, has some advice on looking after your wellbeing while spending more time at home
- Calm, a mindfulness app, has made some of its stress-reduction exercises and resources available for free
- Happiful has put together a list of tips on how to keep yourself physically and mentally healthy if you're working from home
- Huffington Post has some advice for maintaining a work-life balance if you’re working from home
- BBC News also has some simple advice on how to work well from home
Returning to work
- Mental Health at Work have put together some advice on looking after your mental health if you’re returning to work
- Mental Health Foundation has some advice for returning to work as lockdown eases, including advice if you are returning after being furloughed
- YoungMinds has some advice on how to have a positive experience online including tips on how to curate your social media feeds
- Metro has some advice on how to take a break from scrolling through harmful news online
- Blurt have put together a helpful list of ideas to help you switch off from your phone or laptop
- Mind, the mental health charity, has some advice on balancing being online and offline
- You can read the official NHS guidance on coronavirus here (UK)
- Public Health Agency has its information here (Northern Ireland)
- The HSE has some information on symptoms here (ROI)
- Coronavirus information from Health Protection Scotland (Scotland)
- Public Health Wales has its coronavirus information here (Wales)
- If you're worried that you have coronavirus, please use the online NHS 111 service
If you're worried about someone else
- We've put together some advice on how to support someone you're worried about during the pandemic
- Our How to support someone you're worried about pages also include guidance on signs that someone may not be OK
If you have lost a friend or family member
Cruse Bereavement Care have put together some advice on coping with grief in isolation
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