Infectious disease outbreaks, like the current coronavirus (COVID-19), can cause anxiety and affect our mental health. While it is important to stay informed, there are also many things we should do to support and manage our wellbeing.

You may feel worried or stressed at the thought of being asked to stay at home or avoid contact with other people and it might seem more difficult than usual to take care of your mental health and wellbeing.

Here are some links to websites which we hope will help you, your friends and your family to look after your mental health at a time when there is so much discussion of potential threats to our physical health.

Mind - The Mental Health Charity

The Mental Health Foundation

NHS - every mind matters - wellbeing tips during the coronavirus outbreak

NHS - mental health and wellbeing

NHS - easy low impact home exercise

Save the Children - 7 tips on how to talk to children about coronavirus

Here is a handy checklist to prepare yourself for self isolation

Chit-Chat - a new not-for-profit organisation creating a place for everyone to have a conversation in a way that suits them best 

Counselling

Kim Bennett is offering counselling services for those struggling with isolation, you can reach her by email: kim16b@gmail.com