Mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak – round-up of support and information

A round-up of information on mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak
Government guidance

This week the government issued new guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus. It includes how you can connect with others during this time, helping those around you, looking after your physical wellbeing and managing your media and information intake.

  • A list of NHS recommended helplines.
  • Carers Direct has a helpline open from 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, and from 11am to 4pm at weekends. Call 0300 123 1053.
  • Carers UK has a helpline open from 10am to 4pm on Mondays and Tuesdays. Call 0808 808 7777.
  • Samaritans 24/7 freephone number is 116 123.
  • Mind’s helpline is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm. Call 0300 123 3393.
  • Anxiety UK’s helpline is open 10am-10pm weekdays and 10am-8pm on the weekends. Call 03444 775774.
Every Mind Matters

The Public Health England and NHS England mental health campaign Every Mind Matters is now tailored to support people through social distancing and home isolation. Find guidance, advice and tips on how to maintain your mental wellbeing if you need to stay at home or are worried and anxious about the outbreak.

Anxiety UK

Easy access to a range of information, resources and support for helping you understand how to deal with your anxiety during these difficult times while coronavirus  is impacting on our lives.

Talking Therapies

The new Talking Therapies website from NHS Berkshire Healthcare has self-help guides and resources for everyone.


Resources to help you if you’re worried about your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.


Lots of things to try to help your wellbeing.

Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation is part of the national mental health response providing support to address the mental health and psychosocial aspects of the Coronavirus outbreak, alongside colleagues at Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care. Read more on their page about looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

Staying active at home
Compass Recovery College

Compass Recovery College are offering online courses, led by their consultant NLP practitioner, Olga Zilberberg throughout April, May June. Courses will cover coping with anxiety, depression, stress and panic. Check their website for details.