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Mental Health Foundation advises on how to look after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak

The Mental Health Foundation is part of the national mental health response during the coronavirus outbreak. We have developed a dedicated microsite with evidence based content and advice which is updated weekly by drawing on our public health expertise.

Stay informed

Official advice is frequently changing and it depends on where in the UK you live. It is important to stay up-to-date, but rumour and speculation can fuel anxiety. Having access to good quality information about the virus can help you feel more in control. There is extensive news coverage about the outbreak – it’s best that you don’t avoid all news and that you keep informing and educating yourself, but do limit your news intake if it is bothering you.

Looking after your mental health as lockdown eases

Lockdown is easing in different ways and at different times. As we begin to come out of lockdown, many of us are faced with both challenges and opportunities.

Within social distancing guidelines, we may be able to see friends and family in person, play sport or return to work.

However, many of us may find even these longed-for changes difficult for our mental health. The idea of coming out of lockdown when the scientific debate is ongoing may also be worrying for those of us who are more at risk from the virus or living with mental health problems.

If this is something you are struggling with, read our tips on dealing with fear and anxiety as lockdown eases and coping with uncertainty.

Loneliness

Many people are reporting feeling lonely. If you can, get in touch with someone who lives alone or might not have many relatives or close connections to check-in on them. A message or a phone call could make a big difference to someone who hasn’t heard from anyone in a while.

Parents and grandparents

All parents need personal alone time and it’s OK to find and take it . If there are other adults in the household, enabling each other to have personal time is a gift we can give, especially with babies and toddlers. If possible, use nap times to recharge rather than clean or work. If you have a partner at home, spending quality time together is also important.

Children

Children also need time alone, as well as time with other members of the family. If there’s more than one child in the house it can be great fun when they spend time together – but each child needs their personal space too.  Help your children identify and make a space that is their own. This is hard to do in small flats – do what you can to create space perhaps by building a den on their beds.

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