Support and advice

Below are sources of support and advice around loneliness, social isolation and mental health.

Funding to support groups responding to the needs of communities affected by the covid-19 pandemic: https://londoncommunityresponsefund.org.uk/

Looking after your mental health and managing isolation during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

4 Mental Health: resource to help you find ways to feel a bit calmer and for ideas to help you cope

NHS Every Mind Matters: covid 19 and staying at home tips

Anxiety UK: covid 19 anxiety support and resources

Public Health England: Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of the coronavirus (COVID 19)

MIND Coronavirus and your wellbeing

Mental Health Foundation: How to look after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak

Royal College of Occupational Therapists: staying well when social distancing

World Health Organization: Mental Health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID 19 outbreak

UNICEF: How teenagers can protect their mental health during the coronavirus (COVID 19) outbreak

The British Psychological Society: Dealing with the effects of covid 19

Centre for Mental Health report: Supporting Mental Health Communities during the coronavirus crisis.

Royal College of Psychiatry: COVID-19: Accessing medication for mental health

The MARCH Network have put together a resource pack for creative activities that are available online: https://www.marchnetwork.org/creative-isolation

Are you interested in taking part in research relating to the coronavirus and mental health/wellbeing and isolation?

Here is a list of studies taking place:

MARCH network: COVID 19 Social Study       https://redcap.idhs.ucl.ac.uk/surveys/?s=TTXKND8JMK

SMARTEN: COVID 19 Impact on Researchers  https://www.smarten.org.uk/covid-19-study.html

RAMP study: The Repeated Assessment of Mental health in Pandemics (RAMP) study is a research project assessing the effect of COVID-19 on the mental health and wellbeing of the population. https://kcliop.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0DrSSOISyMOqN5r

Swinburne University: Survey of Health and wellbeing: monitoring the impact of OCVID-19: https://swinuw.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_71JhtkOTFFLwE73


General Advice

Emotional Support

During difficult times you might want to get support, especially out of hours. Here are some organisations people said they spoke to:


National Telephone number 116 123 – Freephone and open 24 hours a day


SANEline telephone 0300 304 7000 opening times 4.30pm – 10.30pm daily

Anxiety UK 

Infoline: 03444 775 774, Mon-Fri 9:30am - 5.30pm

Mind Infoline

They provide information on a range of topics including:

  • types of mental health problems
  • where to get help
  • medication and alternative treatments
  • advocacy.

Contact them via phone: 0300 123 3393. Our lines are open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).
email: info@mind.org.uk or Text: 86463

Support Groups

NHS Depression help groups

LGBT Foundation (formerly known as The Lesbian & Gay Foundation)
Their guide covers MH and other health areas for LGBT community.

BEAT – advice and support relating to Eating Disorders 

Help for young people

The Beat Youthline is open to anyone under 18.

Youthline: 0808 801 0711 Email: fyp@beateatingdisorders.org.uk

Help for adults

The Beat Adult Helpline is open to anyone over 18. Parents, teachers or any concerned adults should call the adult helpline. 

Helpline: 0808 801 0677 Email: help@beateatingdisorders.org.uk