During the coronavirus outbreak it is important to take time to respond to any anxieties you may have about the ongoing situation and take care of yourself mentally as well as physically. Such a large influx of information from the media can have a big effect on mental health and wellbeing and lead to an increase in stress. Below you will find some resources to help with this, and techniques explaining how to manage any negative or unhelpful emotional responses you may be having.
For more general support relating to your mental health or relating to a specific issue of concern, please find self-help information here.
It is important to stay informed on the most up to date and accurate information during this time. To ensure you are getting this information from the most reputable sources, please follow the links below:
General Wellbeing during COVID-19
Coronavirus and your Wellbeing (MIND) – Mind.org regularly update their website with information around coronavirus and your wellbeing. This resource contains information on how to cope if you are feeling anxious and plans for taking care of your mental wellbeing.
FACE COVID – A guide developed by Dr. Russ Harris, author of the Happiness Trap. The principles are based on Acceptance and Commitment therapy and outline a set of practical tips for responding to coronavirus to aid wellbeing.
Guide to living with worry and anxiety – A useful guide developed by Psychology Tools to guide you through your anxiety and worry during COVID-19. This guide includes tips and advice on how to manage the emotions you may be feeling right now.
Silvercloud Free CBT tool for COVID-19 – SilverCloud is an online self-help platform, which is currently free to access. It is based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) principles. There are currently 4 modules completely free to access through the MIND website. One module is specifically adapted to help with coping during COVID-19.
Tips on how to cope if you are worried about Coronavirus and isolation – This advice is for you if you are self-isolating and experiencing much higher levels of distress than is normal for you, and you are struggling to cope with day-to-day things.
Coming out of Lockdown – Tips and advice for those who may be concerned or anxious about easing out of Lockdown.
Health and Care Staff
The Mindfulness Initiative – Mindfulness practices tailored towards health and care staff to help cope with the mental challenges during COVID-19.
Covid-19 support – Learning Disability Specific
Easy-Read Coronavirus Information – Information from a range of sources to help explain Coronavirus in a more accessible way, which includes government advice in an easy-read format.
- NHSInform (Easy Read)
- NHSInform (British Sign Language)
- Learning Disabilities and Facemasks – Guidelines developed by the Challenging Behaviour Foundation which explains when you may be exempt from wearing a facemask due to disability and tips to support someone who may be struggling to understand the need for PPE
Coronavirus resources for families and carers (LD Senate) – An extensive list of resources to help carers and people they support such as tips for managing challenging behaviour, engaging in meaningful activities, good communication and a positive behaviour support guide.
COVID-19 guide for carers and family supporting adults and children with learning disabilities or autistic adults and children – This is a guide to help family members and carers living with and supporting adults and children with learning disabilities, or an autistic adult or child, through the COVID-19 crisis.
Caring for someone with Cornavirus who is self-isolating – Advice on caring for someone with a learning disability who is self-isolating/social distancing due to risks associated with Coronavirus.
Mental Health Self-Help Booklets – This resource was developed by the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability. It is a compilation of easy read self-help booklets that can assist you with supporting a resident who is experiencing anxiety related to COVID-19, sleep problems and feeling down. The booklets also contain information on problem solving, relaxing and being active and staying well. Each booklet contains a guide to use the tool most effectively.
Gender Based Violence During Covid-19
People with or without a learning disability may be more vulnerable to gender based violence during the COVID-19 restrictions. Below are easy read documents to explain how to protect yourself against this and how to get support.