Infectious disease outbreaks, like the current Covid-19 one, can be scary and can affect our mental health.
While it is important to stay informed, there are also many things we can do to support and manage our mental health and wellbeing during this time.
Tips to help individuals, families and friends look after their mental health at a time when there is so much discussion of potential threats to our physical health.
- Get the facts. Try to avoid speculation and look up reputable sources on the outbreak
- Try to stay connected. At times of stress, we work better with support. Try to keep in touch with your friends and family, or contact a helpline for emotional support
- Involving children and family in plans for good health is essential. Explain the facts but try to avoid over-exposure to coverage of the virus
- Try to anticipate distress. It is normal to feel vulnerable and overwhelmed as we read news about the outbreak. It is important to acknowledge these feelings and remind each other to look after our physical and mental health. Try to reassure people you know who may be worried
- Manage your media intake. There is extensive coverage about the outbreak in the news. It is important to keep informed and educate yourself but if you find watching, reading or listening to the news is causing you distress then you should limit your intake
Look after your wellbeing while staying at home
We know that staying at home for a prolonged period of time can be difficult, frustrating and
lonely for some people and that you may feel low. It’s important to remember to take care of
your mind as well as your body and to get support if and when you need it. Stay in touch with
family and friends over the phone or on social media.
There are also sources of support and information that can help
- Wide range of wellbeing resources including looking after yourself
Greater Manchester Combined Authority
- Advice on Keeping Well at Home. A guide assembled by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority containing advice on how to keep well at home.
Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trus
- A wide range of mental health and wellbeing resources
Inspiring Communities Together
- Improve your Wellbeing Postcards. A workbook with exercises for the five ways to wellbeing. Wellebing postcards