New guidance to help those suffering from Covid-19 anxiety and depression
People struggling with mental health problems as a result of the coronavirus pandemic will be offered extra support, the Government has announced.
The news comes after Public Health England (PHE) published new “helpful tips”, practical guidance and online support to help those mentally affected by Covid-19.
The new guidance, found here, provides advice on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak, providing essential guidance on how to maintain social interactions with friends and family members remotely, as well as tips on how to keep a regular routine and sleeping pattern.
The advice also suggests learning something new or taking on a new hobby to keep your brain occupied.
According to experts, prolonged periods of isolation and increased anxiety may trigger serious mental health conditions in those with existing problems, as well as new patients.
Commenting on the guidance, Mental Health Minister Nadine Dorries said: “When I discovered I had coronavirus I felt anxious and scared. For those who already suffer with anxiety or other mental health issues this may present new and difficult challenges.
“It’s imperative that we stay home if we are to beat coronavirus and save lives. I know how important it is that people have support to look after their mental health and this guidance will be of huge value.”
Welcoming the publication, Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind and co-ordinating a group of mental health charities, said: “We are facing one of the toughest ever times for our mental wellbeing as a nation.
“It is absolutely vital that people pull together and do all they can to look after themselves and their loved ones, when we are all facing a huge amount of change and uncertainty. Reaching out to friends and family is critical, as well as paying attention to the impact our physical health can have on our mental health – from diet and exercise to getting enough natural light and a little fresh air.”
The latest figures suggest that one in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year, with the most common illnesses being anxiety and depression.