This page acts as a signpost to other helpful resources out there. As well as our own self-help guides, we also recommend that you have a look at the following, especially if you take in information better with videos, podcasts or interactive apps. Click on each description to go the websites or files.


Speak to someone

There are also lots of charities offering support- try searching here:

  • The Help Hub are offering free 20 minute sessions with a therapist to anyone struggling with the impact of self-isolation.

  • Helplines - The NHS have made this list of well known mental health helplines.

  • Be More You run open wellebing workshops over Zoom.

  • IAPT (Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies) - you can self-refer to your local IAPT here (or be referred through consultation with your GP).

  • A registered therapist - if for whatever reason you cannot access help through the NHS or other resources, and have the means to pay, you can find registered therapists here

If you feel unsafe, whether due to physical or mental health difficulties, you should call 999 immediately.

Digital Self-Help Programmes


If you find it easier working in an online interactive media, you might find the resources below useful!

  • Sleepio is an online sleep improvement programme based on CBT for insomnia. Sleepio is clinically proven and NHS endorsed.

  • The ACT Companion is an app developed by Russ Harris and his team (who developed ACT, or acceptance and commitment therapy) made free to people during this difficult time.

  • The Recovery College has created this free course on coping with the pandemic.

  • Stress Control are offering a free course to help you learn more about stress, why it happens and how to manage it.

  • Breathworks are also offering a free course on 'Mindful Selfcare for Troubling Times'.



Meditation


Meditation can help us to recentre, focus on the present and what is in our control, and feel calmer and more content as a result. The following links take you to websites or apps where you can listen to free meditations:


PDF guides



Supporting Children

It can be difficult supporting children with their worries on top of managing your own. Check out these resources which might help.

  • Advice for Parents and Carers by the University of Oxford and the University of Reading, with ideas to support children and young people with their worries.

  • The British Psychological Society has put out this guidance on talking to children.

  • My Name Is Coronavirus is an interactive picture booklet that explains to young children what coronavirus is and what they need to do about it, without making the situation seem to scary.

  • Coronavirus Social Story is a similar resource to that above with a bit more of a focus on how the virus impacts on children's lives (e.g. no school).

  • Think Ninja is an app developed by child psychologists in the NHS along with Healios. It has been updated with Covid specific content to support young people with anxiety and stress during the pandemic.


  • This course developed by the University of Reading helps young people, and those caring for them, to work through the ways the pandemic is likely to be affecting their mental health right now.


Online Exercise and Yoga


  • Soul Movement - free meditation, yoga or capoeira fitness the during the coronavirus period.

  • Project Awesome - offer free yoga, indoor HIIT, and 'runnercise' classes at 7am three time a week over Zoom.

  • Katie-Inez Kieran offers yoga from 4-5pm on Mondays and 10-11am on Wednesdays over Zoom. Use this link for all classes. All sessions are on a 'pay (£5) if you are able' basis so turn up and if you are paying you can get payment details at the class.

  • This facebook group has daily free HIIT and yoga classes over Zoom that anyone can join.


Articles and Ideas


  • 'I'm stuck at home but still want to have fun' is a facebook group to which a daily schedule of online activities is posted each morning to help you stay busy and connected to others.

  • This Toolkit by SHINE brings together articles and ideas from all different sources that offer support related to coronavirus.

  • The Active Coping Calendar is a nice visual reminder to put mental health first, and there's a new one for each month.

  • The government have put together comprehensive guidelines on managing mental health at this time (including links to NHS mental health resources, and information for specific groups of people whose mental health might be particularly vulnerable at this time).

  • An NHS endorsed resource that links you to different pages/resources depending on the main difficulties you're experiencing.

  • Changing Minds - A weekly podcast series from experts in psychology, neuroscience and behavioural sciences looking at the science underlying improving wellbeing during this time.

  • Bessel Van Der Kolk is a trauma expert and has produced this webinar on how to reduce the sense of threat during this time.





If you can think of any other resources that should be on this page, please e-mail us at: contact@copingwithcoronavirus.co.uk



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