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COVID-19: mental health support for adults, children and parents

Many of us are feeling worried or stressed about how coronavirus could affect our lives and our loved ones. Here's a list of groups and organisations offering coronavirus mental health support to adults, children and parents.

Please make sure you check each organisations' website for the most up to date information.

Adults - where to get mental health support

  • Every Mind Matters - get ideas and advice for improving your mood at home.
  • Rochdale and District Mind - over the phone help and online support groups for all adults.
  • Thinking Ahead - you can access online or over the phone therapy to help you with any mental health difficulties.
  • Alzheimer's Society - offering information, support and advice on coronavirus for adults with dementia. In particular, they try to help if dementia makes it difficult for you or your loved one to follow NHS or government advice.
  • Shout - anyone 16 years or older who's experiencing mental health challenges can access a free text message helpline. You can send a text message any time of day or night wherever you are. Every conversation is with a human being.
  • Public Health England - guidance on how to look after your feelings and your body in self-isolation.
  • OCD-UK - advice and coronavirus survival tips for adults with OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder).

Children and teenagers - where to get mental health support

  • #Thrive from Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) - offering different types of support and advice on your mental health and general lifestyle. For children and young people aged up to 19 years.
  • Kooth - children and teenagers aged 11-18 can use this confidential and anonymous online counselling and emotional wellbeing service.
  • Anna Freud - young people can get help dealing with worries about how coronavirus will affect loved ones.
  • Young Minds - help for teenagers who are anxious or scared about coronavirus.
  • Covibook - children under 7 years old can use this interactive resource to help them explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic.
  • The National Autistic Society - children on the autism spectrum, including those with Asperger syndrome can access advice, tips and links to further resources on dealing with anxiety.

Parents - where to get help to support your child's mental health

  • Anna Freud - resources on how to talk to your children about coronavirus and how to help them with any worries they might have.
  • Calm connections – provides regular support groups for parents and carers of children who are struggling with their mental health. They also run specific sessions for dads.
  • Government advice - parents and carers who need help supporting their child's mental health can access self-help tips and links to further support.
  • Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership - access a list of local and national services who offer mental health support for parents.
  • Beyond Psychology - online workshops for parents and carers about helping young people and children understand and manage their anxiety, stress and emotional behaviour. The workshops are FREE but you need to register for an account.