UCL Institute of Mental Health


Support for Staff and Students

This page contains information on how to support your mental health during the outbreak.

UCL Support for Staff and Students

If you are worried about coronavirus or your wellbeing more generally, please speak to your line manager or visit our online support hub. Please advise any students who are worried to contact askUCL.

UCL transforming mental health and social wellbeing for all through Covid-19 epidemic

Professor Alan Thompson, Dean, Faculty of Brain Sciences and Pro Vice Provost (London) has written an article highlighting some of the ways the UCL community has come together and supporting each other during this period.  

UCL Wellbeing

UCL Wellbeing have a webpage with links to tools provided by UCL and external resources that can help you when you need support and resources and online training that can help you improve your mental wellbeing as well as supporting your colleagues and students with their mental health.

UCL Cares

UCL Cares offers several tools, resources and videos for students, helping you find balance between your studies and wellbeing. They have added new support arround coronavirus and it's potential impact on your mental health, some of which are listed below:

Remote, not distant at UCL

Feeling lonely is one of the most commonly reported challenges of remote working. You may be feeling disconnected, isolated or just not your usual self. For more tips about connecting with others during this difficult time, UCL have collated tools and information to support you and those around you to adapt to working in this new way, including what self-help we can do to support ourselves.

UCL Together

During remote working, individual work loads may change during this period. UCL Together will help provide support to departments with high workloads by connecting them with staff who are willing and able to help. 

External Support and Information

Care First

UCL is partnered with Care First to provide 24/7 support to all staff/PhD students and out of hours support to all students. Care First is a free and confidential service to our community. Telephone support is now also available to contractors working for UCL during the pandemic. You can contact them on 0800 197 4510 to discuss any concerns you may have whilst working remotely.  You can find more information on the Workplace Health website.


We may struggle with our own concerns and anxieties about coronavirus. Mind have created some useful guidance focusing on how to look after our mental health during these uncertain times, that can help you with planning and taking care of your wellbeing during self-isolation, working from home and worries around COVID-19.

Every Mind Matters

You can also find useful tips about looking after your wellbeing or if you're feeling anxious about coronavirus on the Every Mind Matters website.

Public Health England

Public Health England have created Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Coping with Stress during coronavirus outbreak poster