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Contact people who may be struggling with their mental health

Posted onPosted on 24th Mar

The coronavirus pandemic has plunged the world into uncertainty and constant news updates about the outbreak can feel overwhelming.

It is bound to take its toll on people’s mental health, particularly those who are already living with conditions such as anxiety and OCD.

However, everyone can play their part and help.

Check in with anybody who may be struggling, and encourage them to talk about how they’re feeling as well as to access the help and support they may need.

Texts, emails, phone calls and video calls all help. It might be worth reminding them that social distancing is about physical distancing only – not social isolation.

The World Health Organisation’s guide to mental health during the Covid-19 outbreak includes recommendations such as to avoid watching, reading and listening to news that could cause you to feel anxious or distressed.

It recommends instead mainly seeking information about how to take practical steps to protect yourself and loved ones.

The charity AnxietyUK runs a support helpline while Mind offers a host of resources online.