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Your mental health and COVID-19

MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS - IN TIMES OF COVID | MENRUS.CO.UKThis section first appeared under our COVID-19 chapter in April 2020, together with other sections which we have now integrated into the rest of the website.

Stating 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

Mental health and wellbeing in the time of COVID
Top tips, to help you feel supported, comforted and less alone during this uncertain time.

Emotional wellbeing support pack | Switchboard
Coronavirus (Covid-19) updates and resources | Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT)
Wellbeing hub | LGBT Foundation
The A-Z of lockdown life | Gay Men Fighting AIDS (GMFA) 
Terrence Higgins Trust at Home | Terrence Higgins Trust (THT)
Mental health and counselling | London Friend
Conornavirus, self-isolation and your mental health | Outlife
9 strategies for quarantining in a non-LGBTQ+ affirming environment | US | Them
Coronavirus and your wellbeing | MIND
Looking after your mental health | Quiz and plans | NHS
How to stay healthy and entertained at home | Cooperative (Group) 

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

MIND
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
 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)

 Nurturing our relationships during the coronavirus pandemic | Mental Health Foundation | 9 Jul 2020
COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing | Public Health England | 31 March 2020
Three ways people are reacting to coronavirus: ‘accepting’, ‘suffering’ and ‘resisting’ | The Conversation |  29 Apr 2020

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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