Useful resources during COVID-19 pandemic

Mind.org.uk offers straightforward information and practical advice on how to look after your mental health during the outbreak of coronavirus, and also how to manage your feelings about lockdown easing.

Anxietyuk.org.uk offers anxiety support and a range of information, resources and webinars to help you deal with anxiety around covid-19.

The Moorings @ Devon offers out-of-hours telephone mental health support to anyone aged 16+ in the Devon area, from Torquay, Exeter and Barnstaple.

The Hub of Hope is a mental health database. Using your location, it helps you fidn the nearest source of support for any mental health issue, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD or suicidal thoughts.

The Samaritans offers support to anyone in emotional distress, usually by phone or email. They also offer advice if you are worried about your mental health during to the coronavirus outbreak.

Mindfulness meditation can help you relax and become more aware of what is going on for you. It can help you be kind and compassionate to yourself and open to whatever comes your way. If you are new to meditation you may like to try one of these:

Guided mindfulness meditation (8 min long) by Prof. Mark Williams, from the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. This meditation helps you to "ground and settle yourself in the present moment".

Guided meditation by Tara Brach (13 min long), a meditation on how to stay calm and centred in the midst of anxiety and fear.

Doing an online course and focusing on a topic of your interest may be helpful for some people during the pandemic. There are lots of courses available, and many of them are free.