Youth mental health: Reach out for help and support during the pandemic
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is causing anxiety for many young people across the UK and the rest of the world. Check out Young Minds for useful tips, advice and guidance to help you if your feeling low at the moment.
Isolation, physical distancing, the closure of schools and workplaces and spending huge amounts of time with family can be challenges that affect us all and it is natural to feel stress, anxiety, fear or loneliness at this time.
The uncertainty surrounding the virus is causing anxiety and stress so it's important that we keep our mental health in check. Remember you can feel anxious or scared and still deal with this. You are stronger than you think and this won’t last forever.
It's important to be mindful that you have likely switched to a new mode of ‘being’. COVID-19 could be impacting your daily habits, sleep and overall mood. Here are some things to help manage stress.
- Practice good sleep hygiene by avoiding blue lights before bed
- Stick to your regular sleep-wake cycle
- Limit alcohol intake and choose nutritionally rich foods where possible
- Limit news intake and read from reputable, reliable sources
- Connect with friends and family as often as you can
- Implement a good self-care routine
Check out Young Minds for useful tips, advice and guidance on where you can get support for your mental health during this time.
- I’m feeling anxious all the time
- My mood is low because of all the bad news
- I am struggling with self-isolation and social distancing
- I am struggling to manage my eating disorder
- I have lost a loved one due to coronavirus
- What else can I do to look after my mental health?
- Helplines and services available
Don’t neglect your mental health needs. There are lots of therapists and counsellors providing vital support via secure video calling, email, text and WhatsApp right now.