It can feel stressful and overwhelming during an event like the pandemic of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and we can all be affected differently. You might feel overwhelmed by the information, conversations and the increased levels of stress in your community.
It can be hard to know what information to trust especially in a situation where things are changing so quickly. It can be helpful to keep up-to-date but it’s also okay to switch off from the 24 hour media cycle if this is getting too much.
During this time some things in your life may be affected by attempts to contain the spread of the virus. You may have been looking forward to a gig or a trip that’s been cancelled. You may be affected by school, college, university or your workplace temporarily closing. Or you may have a loved one who is directly affected by the virus.
It’s important to find the right level or type of support for you. And keep in mind that the type of support you may need can change as time passes. For many people staying connected to family and friends is important. You can try new things like setting up a Whatsapp group or having a Skype conversation.
If you start to notice that you are experiencing worry, stress or anxiety, it is important to remember that these are normal reactions to a not normal time. During this time it is important to keep engaged with the activities that support your wellbeing.
Printable summary of key Coronavirus related mental health information for children and young people (PDF 112KB).
Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing in Relation to Coronavirus (March 2020) (PDF 400KB).