Coronavirus and your mental wellbeing

Many of us are feeling worried or stressed about how coronavirus could affect our lives, as well as our loved ones.

We may now be having to spend more time at home, perhaps isolated from the friends, family and other relationships that we know are vital to keeping ourselves mentally healthy. It may also be harder for us to do the things that normally help keep us well.

There are things we can do to look after our mental wellbeing during this time. On this page, we are gathering the information, links and resources that we can, to help keep you informed and protect your mental health. 

For general coronavirus guidance, check with the NHS and Government.

Anxiety

It’s common to feel tense, nervous and perhaps fearful during difficult times. Our information guide covers ways to reduce anxiety to a manageable level.

Wellbeing advice from Mind

Our partner charity Mind has put together some in-depth information on coronavirus, your mental health and ways you can try to help your wellbeing.

If you urgently need help

We’ve put together a list of organisations who can help if you need to speak to someone.

Scottish Government: Ready Scotland

A page created to keep you informed on the latest Government advice.

Blog: OCD and anxiety during coronavirus

Jess, also known as Recovery Ninja, shares her experiences during coronavirus, and how she’s protecting her mental wellbeing.

Coronavirus and claiming benefits

This Understanding Universal Credit page summarises what you need to know about coronavirus and benefits.

Mindfulness: free guided meditation

The Mindfulness Association is hosting free daily sessions online which are open to everyone.

Coronavirus information for older people

Age UK has collated information to help keep older people informed on coronavirus.

Looking after your mental health while self-isolating

Young Minds has put together these tips, particularly for young people.

YoungScot: coronavirus info

YoungScot’s coronavirus page is easy to use and hosts a collection of different information for young people.

BBC: guide to mental health

The BBC has brought together some advice on protecting your mental health during coronavirus developments.

Wellbeing Assessment Tool

Keeping track of our mood over time can help us to recognise a deterioration in our mental health

Understanding mental health problems

Our general information guide helps you to better understand a range of mental health problems.

Newsround: advice if the news upsets you

Provides advice about what you can do if something you see on the news upsets or worries you.

Looking after friends and family

You might be worried about the mental health of your friends or family: our guide has lots of useful suggestions which could help.