Coronavirus and mental health

5 Ways to Mental Health Wellbeing

Find information, resources and tips for managing your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak. Whether you’re social distancing or self-isolating, you may be feeling anxious or stressed during this time. That’s completely normal.


Connect virtually with family and friends:

The Every Mind Matters website can offer you an action plan and tips to stay connected

The following organisations can provide support for you and your families:

  • Family Lives is a charity specialising in families. You can call their confidential helpline on 0808 800 2222 (9am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm Saturday to Sunday). You can also visit their forums
  • Young Minds, the mental health charity, has a dedicated, confidential helpline. Call them on 0808 802 5544 (9.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday)
  • Relate offers relationship advice and counselling. You can also use Live Chat to talk to a counsellor
  • FRANK, the drugs charity, has comprehensive information about drugs. You can also call their helpline on 0300 123 6600 (available 24/7)
  • Cruse for bereavement care
  • Number 22 offers free and confidential counselling for anyone aged 11+
  • Autism Berkshire - for pre/post assessment support.

Be Active

  1. Try an Active Slough virtual class on the Active Slough Facebook page.
  2. has created a useful list of PE resources.
  3. English National Ballet has online classes.
  4. Walk at Home workout.
  5. Join the Joe Wicks PE class daily at 9am.
  6. Free NHS Fitness studio exercise videos - includes aerobic exercise, strength and resistance, pilates and yoga and other fitness plans.
  7. Get fit for free - fitness and workout playlist. (Turn Up, Tune Up).
  8. Free NHS app to encourage walking for 10 mins.
  9. This girl can exercising at home ideas.
  10. This girl can Disney dance along videos.
  11. More exercise related ideas here - Sports England.
  12. Cycling is a truly invigorating and liberating experience.

Keep Learning

  1. Try and eBook, eMagazine or eAudiobook from Slough Libraries.
  2. Try learning to cook something new.
  3. BBC Bitesize, new TV channel, podcasts, videos, and lessons got you covered online each day. Daily lessons start Monday at 9:00 am.
  4. Online resource highlights many creative recipes to keep families, children and young people occupied whilst at home - NHS change4life.
  5. Try a free online course from FutureLearn to continue studying, build professional skills, and connect with experts.
  6. Go on a virtual Zoo tour.
  7. Go on a virtual Museum or Art Gallery tour.
  8. For support for Children, coping strategies, relaxation tools, try Healthy Minds.


  1. Giving of time to our family can come in many shapes and sizes. A quick activity for you to share with your family could be drawing/colouring a rainbow and placing it in your window sharing a message of hope and cheer.
  2. Giving blood is more important than ever and still possible to do during the lockdown. More information is available on the NHS Give Blood website.
  3. Donate food directly to the Slough foodbank. Find out more on the Slough Foodbank website
  4. Do-it website. National on-line data base of volunteer opportunities, enabling you to search for local vacancies, and/or opportunities in specific areas of work.

Take Notice

  1. This mood self assessment quiz from the NHS can help you better understand how you've been feeling recently.
  2. Being kind to ourselves and living in the present moment can often help us to gain better perspective. Try this mindful breathing from Every Mind Matters.
  3. Actions for Happiness have a great Coping Calendar you can download for free with daily activities to keep.
  4. An activity such as geocaching or join the stone painting/finding/hiding craze. Search ‘Love on the rocks’ on Facebook to find out more.
  5. Headspace is a mobile app which guides you through meditation.
    Link for android devices
    Link for ios devices
  6. Calm (App) Calm is a mobile app which provides guided meditation and also helps with sleep.
    Link for android devices
    Link for ios devices.