Your mental health and wellbeing during Coronavirus outbreak

Many of us will be feeling overwhelmed and anxious about the current news regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it could impact on our daily lives. 

There is support and guidance on looking after your mental health during this time.

Age UK Camden: Feeling anxious about coronavirus

Mind in Camden: Coronavirus and your wellbeing

Camden iCope: COVID-19 useful advice and suggestions

Public Health England coronavirus guidance on mental health and wellbeing



Local services and online support available

Everyone feels a bit anxious or low now and then, but sometimes it can affect your general wellbeing and everyday life. Mental health problems are common, but they’re also usually treatable. If you’re feeling down there is something you can do about it. Talking can really help and there are services on your doorstep, so don’t be afraid to ask for advice.

Camden and Islington’s Psychological Therapies Service (IAPT programme)

The IAPT programme in Camden and Islington offer free, confidential help for problems such as stress, worry, depression and insomnia.  The therapies offered are for adults of all ages, from young to old and can help people learn ways to help themselves/feel more able to cope with problems. GPs can make referrals to IAPT and have IAPT staff who are linked to their GP practice.  Patients can also self-refer to all of these services. 

Camden and Islington iCope provide practical support to everyone who self-refers to the service from 27 March.  You can receive a phone call offering practical and emotional support suggestions.   A self-referral form is available.   iCope also provide useful advice and suggestions during the coronavirus outbreak.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave.  CBT can be provided online.  Find out more about online CBT in Camden and refer yourself.


Other support available include

Rethink  Mental Illness provide help, support and advice for people living with mental illness. For more information call 0300 5000 927

Good Thinking (Camden and Islington) offers free online tools, apps and resources to help residents feel better.

Mental Health Camden provide a full range of local mental health resources and support for emotional wellbeing. 


If you or someone else needs immediate help

  • Call 999
  • Call the Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust Crisis Team on 020 3317 6777 (or if you are already cared for by Camden and Islington NHS mental health services either check your care plan for crisis numbers or call 020 3317 6333), or 
  • Contact either of two national helplines for people in mental health distress


           - Samaritans: free 24-hour phone line on 116 123   

          -  Sane helpline: 6pm-11pm only phone line on 0300 304 7000

  • Phone your. GP.  They can help with diagnosing and treating mental or emotional problems, as well as helping access other support.


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