Supporting your mental wellbeing

 

Support for adults

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak many of us will experience times when our mental wellbeing suffers.  Everyone reacts differently to difficult events but for everyone feelings of anxiety, low mood, loneliness, frustration and boredom are quite normal and to be expected from time to time.  For those who already have a mental health problem, or who are in particularly challenging circumstances the outbreak may be especially difficult.   The following sources of information provide ideas to help you look after your mental wellbeing and to find help when you need it. 

Support for parents and carers

Regardless of their age, the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak may be a difficult time for children and young people. Some may react right away, while others may show signs of difficulty later.  How a child or young person reacts can vary according to their age, how they understand information and communicate, their previous experiences, and how they typically cope with stress. Negative reactions may include worrying thoughts about their health or that of family and friends, fear, avoidance, problems sleeping, or physical symptoms such as stomachache.  For those children and young people who already have a mental health problem, or who have challenging circumstances the outbreak may be especially difficult.  The following sources are information provide ideas to help you look after your mental wellbeing and to find help when you need it.New mental health helpline for children and young people (open 24/7)

 

Children and young people‚Äč

Regardless of your age, the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak may be a difficult time for you. You might be feeling worried about your own health or that of your family and friends as well as what all this means for your future.  You could be missing your friends and your normal routines.  Like everyone else, children and young people may be experiencing anxiety, problems sleeping and feelings of loneliness.   The following sources are information provide ideas to help you look after your mental wellbeing and to find help when you need it.

To find information, resources and activity ideas for children and young people whilst they are at home, please click here and view our separate page dedicated to this.

 

Coping with Bereavement:

The Coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating affect on everyone who is facing the grief of having lost a loved one.  For those bereaved as a direct result of the virus every statistic we read on the news represents people who are dearly missed and whose family and friends are having to come to terms with a world without them.   For those who have lost loved ones from other causes you too are having to deal with increased trauma created by social distancing measures and being cut off from some of your usual support network.  The following sources of support can provide help and advice.

Practical steps following a death - what to do when someone dies

Emotional support

Support for children and young people