The past few months have been extremely difficult for all of us so if you feel that your mental health has been suffering, you’re not alone. The coronavirus pandemic and lockdown has left many of us feeling isolated, anxious, and stressed. We’ve had to deal with being cooped up indoors, worrying about the future and our loved ones who we are unable to visit. We’ve put together a list of online resources and apps that will help you if you’re struggling with your mental health during these challenging times.
Side by Side
A free supportive online community from the mental health charity Mind (this has replaced their previous platform, Elefriends).
An online community of new and seasoned remote workers who support each other day to day, sharing advice, tips and resources. Set up specifically to support people working from home as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Founded by Ruby Wax, Frazzled Cafe is a place where people can connect and share their stories. You can participate in one of their online meetings by registering for free on their website.
The free SAM app was developed in collaboration with UWE Bristol (the University of the West of England, Bristol) and offers a range of self-help methods for people who want to learn how to understand and manage their anxiety. There’s also a ‘Social Cloud’ feature where you can share your experiences with the SAM community.
The Help Hub
The Help Hub was set up to support vulnerable people struggling with self-isolation and social distancing due to COVID-19. They offer free 20-minute phone or video call sessions with a qualified therapist for anyone who needs emotional support.
A 24-hour online therapy service offering two options: Mindbox Live and Mindbox Now. Mindbox Live offers instant online counselling services with access to a team of therapists via phone, webcam or web chat (starting at £45 for a 30 minute session). Mindbox Now is their subscription-based service that gives you unlimited access to their online support programmes at £9.99 per month. You can sign up for a free trial on their website.
Headspace provides guided meditation on their website and app. You can choose from a variety of guided meditations for managing stress, anxiety, sleep and much more. There are some free features available, but you can access Headspace Plus with a free 14-day trial (£9.99 per month or £49.99 for an annual subscription). There’s also Headspace for Work that businesses can use to support their employees.
A safe space to offer support, ideas and share experiences from one of the UK’s leading mental health charities. Their support forum is available 24 hours a day.
Anxiety UK is a leading charity that offers support for those living with anxiety and phobias by providing information and support with a range of services, including one-to-one therapy. They can offer advice on their helpline and by email as well as via their paid Therapy On Demand service.
This app for stress, anxiety, and depression is rooted in clinical rigor and evidence-based techniques such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). They are also offering free premium access during the COVID-19 crisis.
The Calm app features guided meditations, narrated Sleep Stories, and health and meditation videos. Some features are free such as the 7 Days of Calm programme, but you can also try their premium features with a free 7 day trial (£35.99 per year thereafter). You can also bring Calm to your workplace with their business subscription.
We hope you find these resources useful but remember you can also get help from your GP or other NHS services like Every Mind Matters.
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