Covid-19 Mental Health Resources

This page contains resources, guidance, reports and briefings about mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic. There is a separate page dedicated to faith-based resources which can be found here. These pages will be updated regularly.

For up to date information, resources and guidance issued by the Catholic Church during the Covid-19 pandemic, please click here.

Resources and guidance

Accompanying the broken hearted – Grief and Covid-19 (article)
Ben Bano’s article on grief during Covid-19 can be downloaded here:
Accompanying the broken hearted – Grief and Covid-19 

Apps for mental health
A number of mental health apps have been developed which can contribute positively to your general health and wellbeing. For more information, click the links below.

Books Beyond Words – Beating the Virus: a free downloadable story
In the story, we meet Kali again (some of you might recognise her from ‘Belonging‘) when she starts to feel poorly with a cough and a temperature. Our short wordless story will help people to understand what to do if you have Coronavirus (COVID-19) to keep yourself and those you care about safe. The story also shows how you can safely help others who may be self-isolating. Supplementary text at the end of the story gives information on where people can seek help if they are unwell and signposts to other useful resources. This is an evolving resource which we will be updating regularly as our artist, Lucy Bergonzi, refines and colours the pictures.
You can download your copy by clicking here.

Covid-19 Behavioural Science Resources
Hertfordshire County Council has launched its latest resources on behavioural science contributions. This includes 8 Tips for compliance with self isolation and mental health and a series of briefings underpinning this for practitioners. These resources can be found here.

Covid-19 Crisis Counselling
The Association of Christian Counsellors have set up a Covid 19 Crisis Counselling Support Service (CCSS) for NHS frontline staff, People working in a residential care home setting being directly impacted by caring for people who have Covid-19 and people who have been bereaved during the COVID-19 epidemic in the U.K.. The crisis counselling support service offers up to ten sessions of counselling on a no fee basis. If you are someone who would like to take up this service further details can be found here.

Deathbed etiquette and the coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Art of Dying Well has updated our guide to Deathbed Etiquette to provide advice and guidance during this difficult time. Full information can be found here.

Four Covid-19 Facts For Mesothelioma Patients
If you are a mesothelioma patient, you may be at elevated risk for contracting the virus. There are some precautions you can take to reduce your risk of complications from COVID-19. Here are four COVID-19 facts for mesothelioma patients.

Health and Safety Guidance for Volunteers during Covid-19
Covid-19 health and safety guidance for volunteers can be downloaded here:
COVID-19 Volunteer Safety Guidelines

Helping people mourn during coronavirus (article)
‘The coronavirus pandemic has upended social life, politics and the economy. It may also transform the nature of grieving, an expert on the mourning process has said.’ Read the full article here.

Managing the psychological impact of COVID-19: Webinar materials to download
Watch a video and download the slides from a webinar discussing how people professionals can best support staff dealing with anxiety and the psychological impact of COVID-19. Materials can be found here.

Marriage Counselling (Donation-only) during lockdown
Marraige Care offer a donation-only counselling service so that anyone can access support whatever their financial circumstances. For more information, click here.

Mental Health Foundation: Looking after your mental health at home
The Mental Health Foundation have put together some guidance on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing if you are staying home. This can be found here.

Mental Health Foundation: Tips for looking after your mental health during Covid-19
Some tips designed to help you, your friends and your family to look after your mental health at a time when there is much discussion of potential threats to our physical health. This can be found here.

Our Minds Matter Mental Health Guide during Coronavirus
The organisation Our Minds Matter have produced a guide on mental health during Coronavirus. Please contact them directly if you would like a copy. For more information click here.

OxCADAT Covid-19 Resources for Therapists
OxCADAT have put together a collection of Covid-19 resources for cognitive therapy for PTSD, social anxiety disorder and panic disorder. These can be found here.

Pastoral Care during Covid-19
For those with a pastoral care role or for your own self care,  some helpful insights into dealing with this crisis can be found here.

Podcasts
Real World Public Mental Health: Translating evidence into practice – Dr Jonathan Campion (Director for Public Mental Health and Consultant Psychiatrist). Listen here.

Protect Your Family’s Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic (article)
An article about managing mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic can be found here.

Resilience at Home Guide
A guide on resilience at home can be downloaded here:
Resilience At Home Guide

Remote Work Burnout
A report for businesses and organizations to be able to address the serious and growing issue of “remote work burnout” and ultimately spread awareness on the importance of taking care of each individual’s mental health can be found here.

Tips to help you if you are worried about coronavirus
A brief and helpful guide can be found here.

Working from home: A guide to creating a healthy and productive workspace at home
This guide focuses on remote workers who are based in their own home, and the unique challenges this presents.

Young Minds – Guidance for young people on mental health and Coronavirus
The organisation Young Minds have produced guidance for young people and mental health during coronavirus. For more information click here.

Virtual 12 Step Meetings
Virtual support meetings in the style of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. More information here.

Reports and briefings

Centre for Mental Health Briefing: Trauma, mental health and coronavirus
This briefing explores the ideas of collective trauma and healing, and what the process of recovery may look like. The briefing can be downloaded for free from here.

Faith Action
FaithAction has now launched their report, Extending Our Reach in Tackling Loneliness: How social prescribing can achieve its aim by involving faith-based provision.The report can be downloaded by clicking here.

Public mental health and wellbeing and COVID-19 Briefing
The LGA and the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) have jointly produced this briefing for Directors of Public Health about the public mental health and wellbeing issues arising from the COVID-19 outbreak. Full information can be found here.

Understanding psychological responses during Covid 19
What we might see and leadership approaches – Information from the HMRC Culture and Behaviours Team (April 2019) can be downloaded here:
Understanding psychological responses during Covid-19