Advice to support your mental health and wellbeing during Corona virus outbreak
In recognition of the unprecedented challenges which the outbreak and extended periods of self-isolation can pose, Public Health England has published new online guidance on gov.uk setting out principles to follow to help people to manage their mental health during this difficult time, such as:
Maintaining contact with friends and family via telephone and video calls, or social media;
Keeping a regular routine and sleeping pattern; and
Focusing on a hobby or learning something new.
Parents and carers will also benefit from tailored advice on how to support children and young people with stress during the corona virus outbreak, which includes providing clear information, being aware of their own reactions and creating a new routine.
Today’s guidance has been developed in partnership with leading mental health charities and clinically assured by the NHS. It also includes steps that those living with serious mental health problems can take, including seeking support from their mental health teams.
NHS.UK Every mind Matters - 10 ways you can help improve your mental health and wellbeing if you are worried or anxious about the coronavirus outbreak. For specific tips and advice while staying at home, read our advice on maintaining your mental wellbeing while staying at home.
You might be worried about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. This may include having to stay at home and avoid other people.
This might feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing.
This information is to help you cope if: