Look after your mental health

During this uncertain time, you may be bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also feel low, worried, anxious, or be concerned about your health or that of those close to you. The government has provided guidance on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak.

If you are experiencing stress, feelings of anxiety or low mood, you can use the NHS mental health and wellbeing advice website for self-assessment, audio guides and practical tools. Every Mind Matters also provides simple tips and advice to start taking better care of your mental health.

If you are still struggling after several weeks and it is affecting your daily life, please contact NHS 111 online. In a medical emergency call 999 if you are seriously ill or injured and your life is at risk. A mental health emergency should be taken as seriously as a physical health emergency.

Looking after a child or young person's mental health

Regardless of their age, this may be a difficult time for children and young people. Some may react right away, while others may show signs of difficulty later on.

The government has provided guidance to help adults with caring responsibilities look after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people, including those with additional needs and disabilities.

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust have produced a Coronavirus Facts for Kids poster which contains information on the coronavirus and is particularly helpful for children who are worried about the current situation.

Support from Liverpool CAMHS

The Liverpool CAMHS Partnership responds to the mental health, emotional and wellbeing needs of children, young people, their families and carers.

The partnership is adapting as coronavirus impacts our everyday lives. Our partners are working hard to ensure children, young people and families get the support they need during this time.

If a child or young person is in crisis, they can call the crisis care line on 0151 293 3577. They should only present to Accident Emergency Department if they need medical treatment or are struggling to keep themselves safe in the immediate moment. For details of other local support for children and young people’s mental health please visit Liverpool CAMHS dedicated coronovirus page.

National helplines and websites 

  • Shout provides free, confidential support, 24/7 via text for anyone at crisis anytime, anywhere. Text SHOUT to 85258.
  • ChildLine provides a confidential telephone counselling service for any child with a problem. It comforts, advises and protects. Call 0800 1111, have an online chat with a counsellor or check out the message boards
  • The Mix provides a free confidential telephone helpline and online service. Call 0808 808 4994, access the online community or email The Mix.

In a medical emergency call 999 if you are seriously ill or injured and your life is at risk. A mental health emergency should be taken as seriously as a physical health emergency.