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Emotional health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak

If you are feeling anxious, worried or overwhelmed at the moment then that is perfectly normal.

You may be worried about your health, the health of your loved ones, concerned about money or unsure about how social distancing will affect you.

For people with previous or existing mental health difficulties the current situation many also feel very concerning.

The good news is that there are lots of things that we can all do to look after our emotional health, even at this time.

Most of the ideas don't cost anything and we can start many of them right now.

We've collected together a list of websites, support lines, videos, and apps with some great tips to help you to look after your emotional health at this time.

Financial support

If you are anxious about the financial impact of the current situation, you can visit our webpage about money and benefits for more information on the financial support available to the residents of Derbyshire during this time.

Wellbeing information and support

Organisations offering wellbeing information and support:

  • MIND has lots of tips on looking after your emotional wellbeing if you are feeling anxious and worried, managing social distancing, and coping with self-isolation
  • Mental Health Europe have 8 top ways to manage your mental health right now such as setting limits around news and maintaining a sense of hope
  • you can find useful advice on how to cope emotionally from the Mental Health Foundation such as sticking to reputable sources for information and connecting with others in new ways
  • Rethink have useful content on their website, including a blog post from one of their staff members
  • there are lots of free apps you can download to your phone for free to help you to look after your mental wellbeing
  • Anxiety UK are running a series of 'webinars', a live chat and helpline for people whose mental health may be worsened by fear of coronavirus and the need to self-isolate
  • OCD Action are the UK’s largest OCD charity and are running Skype and phone support groups for those whose OCD has been exacerbated by the current situation

Support for managing low mood and depression

It is important to speak to your GP if you are concerned about your mood, particularly if you are having thoughts of self-harm or suicide.

Your GP will be able to offer you a telephone appointment and advice on how you might best manage your mental health at this time.

If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal there are people you can talk to:

  • speak to a friend, family member or someone you trust
  • call the Samaritans 24-hour support service tel: 116 123 or contact Samaritans online
  • use the Staying Safe website for support, information and making your own safety plan
  • contact NHS 111, though be aware of delays in accessing this service
  • make an urgent appointment to see your GP, who may be operating a callback service
  • tel: 999
  • if you require urgent medical intervention go to your nearest emergency department, though be aware that there are increased demands on and transmission risks in emergency departments at this time

Support for managing loneliness

There are a number of organisations offering support that may be able to help you feel more connected and supported through this time:

  • Anxiety UK
  • MIND runs a supportive online community called Elefriends
  • Silver Line offers a helpline for older adults tel: 0800 470 8090
  • Age UK has some useful information on things that can help with loneliness

What’s next for you?

Perhaps you could make a cup of tea and give yourself 10 minutes to think about how you can put a self-care plan into action.

You could try drawing up a self-care plan for the day, or perhaps the week.

You could take a photo on your phone each day to remind you of what you are going to do that day to look after you.

You can also find out more about the five ways to wellbeing which are simple, everyday things we can all do to boost our mood.