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CORONAVIRUS - MENTAL HEALTHStating the obvious here, Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed our lives for the foreseeable future.

This will affect everybody in different ways whether you're feeling stressed, anxious, horny, bored, sad, lonely, or frustrated ... or maybe something else.

It's important to remember it's OK to feel the way you do. The situation is temporary, and for most of us, these difficult feelings will pass.

There are things you can do to take care of your mental health and well-being during these uncertain times.

We have pulled together resources from across the Internet which we hope will be both helpful, and enjoyable!

For starters, the NHS 'One You' pages have 10 tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus, part of a wide range of support information:

  • Stay connected with people
  • Talk about your worries
  • Support and help others
  • Feel prepared
  • Look after your body
  • Stick to the facts
  • Stay on top of difficult feelings
  • Do things you enjoy
  • Focus on the present
  • Look after your sleep

10 tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus | NHS

Helplines and further support

You should also find our helplines and mental health matters sections helpful.

Click here for helplines and further support | MEN R US
Mental health matters | MEN R US

National charity providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. It campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
LGBTIQ+ mental health | MIND
Coronavirus and your wellbeing | MIND

LGBT Foundation
Supports the needs of the diverse range of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans. Nationally recognised charity firmly rooted in our local communities of Greater Manchester and provide a wide range of evidence-based and cost-effective services.
Why LGBT people are disproportionately impacted by COVID | LGBT Foundation | April 2020

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder UK
National charity working for children and adults affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Provides advice, information, and support services for those affected by OCD, and campaign to end the trivialisation and stigma of OCD. User-led service where everyone involved in the organisation have personal experience of OCD, either directly or through a loved one.
OCD and coronavirus survival tips | OCD UK

Mental Health Foundation
Work includes a wide range of mental health publications, community and peer programmes, research; public engagement; and advocacy. Takes a public mental health approach to prevention, finding solutions for individuals, those at risk and for society, in order to improve everyone’s mental wellbeing.
Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak | Mental Health Foundation

BEAT Eating Disorders
Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity with resources including tips and advice on recovery in the face of uncertainty, seven ways to keep working towards recovery during the pandemic, and making sure your extra kind and patient with yourself. BEAT exists to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders. A champion, guide and friend to anyone affected, giving individuals experiencing an eating disorder and their loved ones a place where they feel listened to, supported and empowered.
Eating disorders and coronavirus | Beat Eating Disorders

Other resources
COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing | Public Health England | 31 March 2020
Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19) | GOV.UK
Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak | World Health Organisation (WHO)
Three ways people are reacting to coronavirus: ‘accepting’, ‘suffering’ and ‘resisting’ | The Conversation 

An April briefing from the LGBT Foundation focuses on the impact of COVID-19 on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities and contains information for front-line staff to support the wider healthcare outcomes of LGBT patients during a period of strain across the NHS. This includes not only highlighting the experiences of LGBT communities, but information to guide professionals, and to equip staff to signpost patients to additional support during a time when NHS resources are under stress.

Why LGBT people are disproportionately impacted by COVID | LGBT Foundation | April 2020

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