The new coronavirus that was discovered in December 2019 and causes the COVID-19 illness, has spread around the world and is impacting on the lives of many people. Although COVID-19 is a physical illness, the changes it has brought to our lives is having a big impact on mental health too.
We're all facing a new way of living, working and schooling and everyone will react in different ways to this. It's ok to feel worried, anxious or down. You might be struggling to sleep or, even if you're getting sleep, feeling sluggish and unmotivated. These are normal reactions to being in a situation that is uncertain and difficult to manage.
We've pulled together a range of resources to help you to look after your own mental health and to support others.
The menu on this page contains full resources, helpline information and activities for:
Coronavirus support for Young People
You can also visit:
Our latest news page to read about the ways in which Lancashire Mind staff and volunteers are looking after their own mental wellbeing.
Go to national Mind's coronavirus information hub where you'll find reliable information and tips to help you cope during this time.
If you require emotional support for your own mental health or if you're concerned about the health of someone else, call the LSCFT Mental Health Helpline: freephone 0800 915 4640, open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for people living in Lancashire.
Children and young people who live in Blackburn with Darwen and Lancashire can access free, anonymous, online support from Kooth: https://www.kooth.com
Lancashire Mind Services
We'd like to reassure everyone who uses our services, our partners and our staff and volunteers, that we are committed to continuing to provide the best quality information, interventions and signposting - particularly for people whose mental health is affected by the outbreak.
Mind’s coronavirus survey
The national charity Mind has launched a survey to find out the impact coronavirus is having on mental health, how people are currently accessing advice, and to better understand how we can support people during this time.
Lancashire Mind, who work closely with the national charity Mind but are an independent organisation, would appreciate it if you would be able to complete this survey and share it with others you know. The survey, focusing on the impact coronavirus is having on mental health will take around 15 minutes to complete and answers will remain anonymous. There is also a version of the survey for young people, so if you know anyone aged 13-17 years old, please share the survey with them.
You can complete the survey here
The results from this survey will help Mind to understand how we can adapt and plan our services to provide the best support possible. Results will also be fed back to local Minds so Lancashire Mind will receive information about how best to support those living in Lancashire specifically.