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’re already struggling with mental health difficulties, you may be feeling greater anxiety at this difficult time. Please don’t suffer in silence.
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.
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 when you’re collecting it.
Drink plenty of water
Try to drink 6 -8 glasses of water every day to feel more alert.
Do not leave the house for a walk. Why not try yoga, stretching or walking up the stairs instead? 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 and find ways to relax and be creative
Read a book, try an online course, catch up on life admin or do some decluttering.
If you are struggling – remember that you’re not alone. There’s always someone to talk to. Find helplines and local services in Leeds.
You can also take a look at the daytime and evening services available in Leeds.
Daytime and evening services in Leeds
Support for children and young people across Leeds to help with their mental wellbeing.View image
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.CarersUK
EasyRead information about coronavirus
An EasyRead information guide about coronavirus created by Inclusion North.EasyRead coronavirus guide
Coronavirus updates using British Sign Language
A collection of videos explaining the coronavirus, using British Sign Language.SignHealth