Worried about coronavirus

You might be worried about coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. This may include being asked to stay at home or avoid other people.

This might feel difficult or stressful but there are things you can do to.

The charity Mind has put together some information to help you cope if

  • you’re feeling anxious or worried about coronavirus
  • you’re staying at home and avoiding public places
  • you have to self-isolate. This means you avoid contact with other people and follow strict hygiene rules. The NHS has advice about self-isolation in English.

For how long to self-isolate, see the current government advice in English

And it covers:

  • Plan for staying at home or indoors
  • Take care of your mental health and wellbeing
  • Checklist: are you ready to stay at home?
  • Plan for staying at home or indoors
    • The best thing you can do now is plan for how you can adapt your daily routine, and that of others in your household, to be able to follow this advice. Some of the ways in which you could prepare include:

    • exchange phone numbers of household contacts

    • consider and plan for those in your home who are considered vulnerable

    • create a contact list with phone numbers of neighbours, schools, employer, chemist, NHS 111
    • set up online shopping accounts if possible

For more information, visit the Mind website here.  

Guidance for parents supporting children and young people’s mental health during the coronavirus outbreak is available here. To view an Easy Read version, click here.


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