As circumstances develop due to coronavirus, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by uncertainty. We will all have worries and experience disruption to daily life, and this will be even more difficult to deal with for those of us who already struggle with our mental health.
In times of uncertainty, it’s more important than ever that we take care of our mental health and look out for people living with mental illness. While the current circumstances make this more challenging, even small gestures and actions can make a difference. There are some useful resources below on how we can take care of ourselves and others and get through this together.
Managing our mental health during COVID-19
Some useful advice and articles:
- Local Government Association – Coronavirus: information for councils
- Every Mind Matters – Coronavirus staying at home tips
- Rethink Mental Illness – Managing your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak
- Mind – Coronavirus and your wellbeing
- Tips to promote resilience whilst at home [pdf]
- Public Health England for health professionals and other organisations: Covid-19 Government response
- NHS England – Corona virus
- World Health Organisation- Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak
- Ten present happier – Corona virus safety guide
- BBC – Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health
- The Guardian – ‘Pause, reflect and stay at home: how to look after yourself and others in self-isolation
Need support with your mental health?
We know this is a very unsettling time for many people. If you’re struggling and want to speak to someone, try Centre for Mental Health’s list of helplines.
How we are working during the COVID-19 crisis
At Centre for Mental Health (hosts of Mental Health Challenge), the wellbeing and safety of our staff and the people we work with is paramount. We are operating a ‘work from home’ policy across the organisation in line with the Government’s latest advice. We are holding online team meetings, keeping in regular contact, and holding all meetings with partners online. You can still get in touch with Emma who manages the Mental Health Challenge or Centre for Mental Health team and we will continue to carry out our work and share news and updates over the coming weeks.