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Mental Health and Coronavirus

If coronavirus is affecting your mental health – don’t delay, self-refer today.

Health experts in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) are encouraging local people to seek mental health support if they have been left feeling anxious, stressed or depressed by COVID-19 and the impact of lockdown.

The Let’s Talk - Wellbeing service offers a range of talking therapies for common mental health problems including depression, anxiety, panic, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma and stress. The support available includes one to one sessions via telephone or video conferencing with a therapist, online support through the dedicated digital platform Silvercloud which can be used at any time on any device, and online videos and interactive webinars covering different topics such as stress control, anxiety management and self-care.

The service now also has one phone number to cover the City, County and Rutland making referrals even easier. Open the document below to access the phone number you can call.


NHS wellbeing support line

Well Being Tips for Adults

  • Accept your emotions. “Some would argue that most of our physical, mental and relational problems come from our inability to adequately experience emotions,” Howes says. “We deny, bury, project, rationalize, medicate, drink away, smother in comfort food, sleep off, sweat out, suck (it) up and sweep under the rug our sadness, anger and fear.”
  • Some people spend more energy on avoiding their emotions than others do on actually feeling them, he said. So the key is to give yourself unconditional permission to feel your feelings. “When you feel safe enough to let your guard down, whether that’s alone or with someone you trust, you can focus on the situation, fully experience the feelings and may then be able to better understand why it hurts and what you want to do about the situation,” Howes says.
  • Writing about negative emotions also helps. According to clinical psychologist Darlene Mininni, research has shown that people who write about their deepest emotions are less depressed and more positive about life than before they started writing. To reap the benefits, it’s important to follow a few guidelines. Here’s Mininni’s emotional writing guide.

Supporting children with anxiety: a toolkit for parents

Separation anxiety: tips for parents

Please also see the attached advice from the Young Minds charity to support parents with their children.

Young Minds charity - advice for parents

As a nation, we are all in the same boat. Try not to get stressed about the home learning or make your children feel stressed about it. Children are all learning at home and when we do come back to school the children will all be in a similar position. Teachers will know this and will plan accordingly. Do not put undue pressure on yourself to make sure your child doesn’t ‘fall behind’, you can only do your best.

We are very aware that children behave very differently at home than they do at school, in terms of behaviour. It may be a good opportunity to teach your child different skills. At the Hall we talk to them about resilience about them being responsible for themselves, having self-control and patience. If the children imagined their parents were writing a report for their teacher what would it say?


Support for Children


Some children may be worried about what is happening and the changes that are in place. Our children are also the heroes at this time. Their worlds are very different at the moment and they are doing their best in difficult times. Childline have produced some resources specifically for children who are feeling worried, anxious or sad.

Mental health support online for children

Books for Children

There are several books that have been produced,  that explain what coronavirus is in a child appropriate manner. There are a few examples of stories attached below for parents to choose from.


The first one is illustrated by Axel Scheffler (of The Gruffalo) and is a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist. The book answers key questions in simple language and is appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds.


Dave the Dog - coronavirus explained for younger children

During these times we need to stand together as one community, support each other and support those who are helping people who need it the most.

Reading Well Scheme. The Leicestershire library service has a selection of books to support wellbeing.

Supporting Children with Bereavement and Loss - Leicestershire Educational Psychology Service