If you're worried about your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak...

The coronavirus outbreak is affecting the way many of us live our lives, and it's normal that this will affect people's mental health.

Our friends at The Samaritans have gathered some resources that might be helpful...

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You may be feeling more worried or unsettled by what's going on in the world. It might feel like things are changing, and there is a lot that’s outside of our control. Because of coronavirus, there are a lot of unknowns about the immediate and long-term future, and it’s becoming clearer that we are going to have to do things a little differently, particularly in the way we live our day-to-day lives. It’s natural that this uncertainty and change will affect people’s mental wellbeing. At Samaritans, we’re committed to helping those who are struggling, however we can.

Samaritans is a critical service, needed now more than ever. In light of latest government advice, our volunteers are working really, really hard to support the people who need us most wherever possible. Our volunteers' safety is of upmost importance and we will continue to monitor the situation. All our branches are applying strict guidelines with regard to hygiene standards and social distancing.

While we've taken the difficult decision to stop offering face to face support in our branches, and training sessions for new volunteers, and it may take us longer to answer the phone or answer emails, we're still here.

Government guidance to stay at home over the next few weeks means that we won't have the social contact that some of us are used to, and in some cases, if you live alone or are in self-isolation, it will mean we're cut off from all contact for quite some time.

It’s normal that this will affect your mood, and it’s something we’d really encourage you to talk about, however you can, via video messaging, over the phone, texting or over the garden fence. Whilst we are physically isolated, it’s more important than ever for us to feel socially connected, so try and reach out to people to talk, and try to be there to listen to others.

In case it’s helpful, we have gathered some resources to look after your wellbeing at this time.

For more information please visit: 

https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/support-and-information/if-youre-having-difficult-time/if-youre-worried-about-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak/