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Covid-19 Mental Health Resources (14 April 2020)

While many of us may be feeling worried or stressed about the impact of coronavirus, there are things that we can be doing to look after our mental wellbeing at this time. On this page, you will find some additional resources that might help you to look after your mental health, and some resources in other areas.

Mental health resources

The World Health Organization

The World Health Organization has developed a mental health guide. It includes information for how to look after your mental health and wellbeing if you are self-isolating, if you are a healthcare worker, team leader or manager of a health facility, or a care provider for children or older adults and people living with underlying health conditions.

NHS Inform

Practical advice on looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak can be found on NHS Inform, Scotland's health information site here. They also have BSL videos on YouTube, and Easy Read documents.

NHS and Public Health England – Every Mind Matters

The NHS has provided some information around how to best look after your mental health and wellbeing while you are staying at home.

The BBC

The BBC has created a guide that includes useful tips around what people can do to protect their mental health during this time.

Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation has developed some tips for what people can be doing to look after their mental health and the mental health of their friends and family.

Mind

Mind has provided information around coronavirus and wellbeing, including tips for staying at home, looking after your mental health and wellbeing and a checklist for whether you are ready to stay at home.

SAMH

SAMH has a hub of information and guidance around looking after your mental health while the virus developments are ongoing.

Young Minds

Young Minds provides information about how to talk to your child about coronavirus, as well as some tips for how to look after your mental health while you are self-isolating.

CALM

CALM has provided free resources to help support people’s mental and emotional wellbeing, including soothing meditations and sounds.

Other resources

Drinkline and FRANK

Drinkline, the national alcohol helpline is available weekdays 9am to 8pm and weekends 11am to 4pm on 0300 123 1110.

FRANK also has a helpline for difficulties regarding drugs, which is open 24 hours, 7 days a week on 0300 123 6600.

Edinburgh City Council

Edinburgh City Council has a webpage with information for anyone who may be losing their job or needing work in the city. They also offer a helpline for those in Edinburgh: 0300 365 0025.

Scottish Government

A national helpline has been set up to provide help to those who do not have family or existing community support and cannot get online and who are over 70, disabled, require the support of mental health services, are pregnant or receive a flu jab for health reasons. The helpline will be open from 09.00-5.00pm on 0800 111 4000. More information can be found here.

Scottish Funeral Costs Advice Helpline

The Scottish Funeral Costs Advice Helpline is currently providing emotional support by a psychotherapist for those who call 03000 11 33 01.

UK Government

The UK Government has provided translated version of guidance to stay at home for households with possible coronavirus. 

Women's Aid

Women’s Aid has created a page dedicated to safety advice for women who are isolating in a household with their perpetrator.

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