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Information on coronavirus: taking care of your mental wellbeing

For up-to-date health information and advice on the coronavirus go to www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or www.gov.uk

If you are in a mental health crisis or need urgent help, visit the ‘Urgent help’ page

There’s a lot in the news and on social media about the coronavirus and many people are feeling worried or anxious about the current situation. You might find our young people’s resource page useful. We also have a page of handpicked resources for parents and carers.

If you feel you need extra support there are services in Leeds which might help. You could try online support with Kooth or for other options of support visit ‘What’s in Leeds for me?’ page.

If you’re already struggling with mental health difficulties, you may be feeling greater anxiety at this difficult time, especially if you’re following advice to stay at home.


Keep calm

MindMate has resources and tools that can help if you’re feeling panicky or anxious:

Follow official guidance

Avoid false reports and speculation about the coronavirus on social media. Follow guidance from trusted sources such as www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or www.gov.uk. NHS England has worked with Twitter UK to get national and regional NHS Twitter accounts verified with Twitter’s blue tick – so you know who you’re following. See:

If there are other social media accounts that you find upsetting or make you feel anxious, then try muting or unfollowing them. Consider having a digital detox and taking some time off from social media each day.

Take care of your physical and mental health

It’s important to look after your health during these challenging times and continue with your usual self-care routines. Make sure you’re eating a healthy diet (at regular times), staying hydrated, taking time to relax each day and sleeping well.

Look after your wellbeing if you're staying at home

If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including; a new continuous cough, or a high temperature, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste you must stay home for 7 days. If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms.

Eat sensibly – ask friends or a delivery service to drop off food for you (include fruit and vegetables). Make sure you stay at least 2 meters (3 steps) away from other people.

Drink plenty of water – try to drink 6 -8 glasses of water every day to feel more alert.

Keep moving – do not leave the house for a walk. Why not try yoga, stretching or walking up the stairs? View our tips on keeping active.

Stay connected with your support network – keep in touch by phone or instant message. Or, join a moderated peer support community such as Elefriends.

Keep taking any prescribed medication – you may be able to order a repeat prescription using an app or website if your GP surgery offers this. You could also ask your pharmacy about getting it delivered. Call NHS 111 if you’re worried about getting your medication.

Try to get enough sleep – Sleep alone if you’re self isolating / staying at home if possible and keep to a daily routine. We have some tips on keeping a healthy sleep routine.

Keep busy – read a book, try an online course, catch up on life admin or do some decluttering.

Find ways to relax and be creative.

Find support

If you are struggling – remember that you’re not alone. There’s always someone to talk to. You can find helplines and local services on our What’s in Leeds for me? page.

You can also take a look at the daytime and evening services available in Leeds.


Additional information

Daytime and evening services in Leeds

Support for children and young people across Leeds to help with their mental wellbeing.

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Advice for carers

As the situation with coronavirus evolves, it’s important to know what support is available to you as a carer and those you look after.

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EasyRead information about coronavirus

An EasyRead information guide about coronavirus created by Inclusion North.

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Coronavirus updates using British Sign Language

A collection of videos explaining the coronavirus, using British Sign Language.

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Anxious about coronavirus?

If the current news on coronavirus is making you feel anxious, concerned or stressed, YoungMinds have some tips to help.

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