While our worries of catching the virus or spreading it to our loved ones may have been dampened slightly by the falling R rate, many people are still dealing with high levels of anxiety, stress and depression because of all the uncertainty we’re still facing when it comes to the risk of a second wave, the threat of a recession or fears about wide-scale redundancies.
With this in mind, dealing with these issues by accessing the appropriate support is incredibly important. Alongside visiting your GP and NHS services, there are also a great number of free online mental health resources which are easy to access from home, including those offered by the NHS Every Mind Matters website or the mental health charity Mind. And as a result of the pandemic, even more places are offering self-help resources for free, including meditations, yoga classes and online therapy sessions.
It’s only normal to feel anxious and worried about everything that’s going on – especially when the circumstances are changing so fast – but these mental health resources should help you to feel a little more calm and in control.
So without further ado, here’s a look at some of the great free online resources you can access at the moment. From free online therapy sessions to yoga courses designed to help you deal with anxiety, these resources will provide you with the tools you need to look after your mental health right now.
Mindwalk Yoga’s 31 Day Anxiety Support Course
Throughout August, virtual yoga studio Mindwalk Yoga will be offering a series of bite-sized yoga-therapy videos to help you manage any anxiety you might be feeling as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Muse’s Calm in the Chaos resources for stress management
Meditation technology app Muse offers a series of free resources to help users relieve anxiety and manage stress.
Simply download the Muse app to access their SOS Calm collection of 9 guided meditations for free – and check out their Calm In The Chaos guide for more tips on managing stress and anxiety during the pandemic on their website.
You can also find some helpful resources on their Instagram @choosemuse.
Peer emotional support app HearMe
This free app allows users to connect with a trained, empathetic HearMe listener in real-time to allow you to open up about something that’s on your mind.
The service is completely anonymous and secure, so you don’t need to worry about your personal information going anywhere – just get whatever is on your mind off your chest by sitting down for a quick chat with a trained listener.
You can download the app here via the HearMe website.
Calm’s Covid-19 Hub
Mindfulness meditation app Calm is offering a bunch of resources for free to help people who are feeling anxious and uncertain at the moment.
From soothing meditations help you manage anxiety in the moment to sleep stories which will help to calm your busy mind at the end of the day, these free resources are a great way to ground your mind in this unprecedented time.
To access all the free resources, just follow the link to their website.
Headspace’s Weathering The Storm series
To help people all over the world cope during these uncertain times, mindfulness meditation app Headspace has released a series of free content available to download via its app.
Covering content including navigating change, reframing anxiety, at-home workouts, focus and advice for tough times (such as impermanence and change), the series is designed to help us safeguard our mental health and wellbeing during this time of heightened stress. On top of this, Headspace is offering a free year of Headspace Plus for anyone who is unemployed and living in the US or UK at the moment.
To access the free content, simply download the app and get listening, or go to the Headspace website.
The Mindset Support Group with neuro-linguistic programming expert Rebecca Lockwood
This free Facebook group from mental health expert Rebecca Lockwood provides free, resource-based support for people who need help with their mental health during this tricky time.
Lockwood’s advice will include tips and tricks to deal with specific worries you might be having, free resources to help you with your mindset and training to give you the tools you need to cope.
To join the group, all you need to do is search “Mindset Support Group with Rebecca Lockwood” on Facebook.
Help Hub’s free online therapy sessions
New online therapy service Help Hub offers free 20-minute calls or video calls with one of their qualified therapists for anyone within the UK. Whatever your worries or concerns, Help Hub is designed to point you in the right direction and to provide you with some all-important emotional support.
Although the service was originally set up to provide support to a small area in West Oxfordshire, it expanded nationally after therapists across the UK volunteered their time to help people struggling with the effects of isolation.
To find out more information, and to register for a session, check out their website.
Set up specifically to support people working from home as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, this project allows newly remote workers to connect with others and learn more about how to manage their time when working from home.
Set up as a Slack group, this community is not only designed to help people feel more connected during the coronavirus pandemic: it’s also designed to help their wellbeing, too. Remote Workmates is hosting activities such as group discussions and events such as their Wellbeing Week, which includes virtual yoga, mindfulness and exercise sessions.
To join, just follow the link on their website.
Self-Care Is For Everyone
With over 800,000 followers, @selfcareisforeveryone is the wellbeing-focused Instagram account we all need right now.
Full of helpful self-care prompts, reassuring messages and relatable graphics, @selfcareisforeveryone is the place to go when you’re feeling a little overwhelmed and need a respite from everything that’s going on in the world.
To follow them, just search “@selfcareisforeveryone” on Instagram, or visit their website.
NHS Every Mind Matters
This free site powered by the NHS and Public Health England provides access to loads of free mental health resources and advice.
Their Your Mind Plan service even provides you tailored advice and resources based on a short quiz about how you’re feeling and any specific worries you may have at the moment.
You can access the resources on their website.
Talkspace’s Coronavirus Resource Hub
Online therapy service Talkspace is offering a free resource hub with lots of handy tips and tricks on everything from confronting feelings of powerlessness to how to manage working from home.
They’ve also created a coronavirus anxiety toolkit to talk you through everything you may be feeling right now – and all you need to sign up is an email address.
To find out more information and access their coronavirus support hub, visit their website.
Coping with your mental health during the pandemic
If you’re struggling with your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak, it’s important to understand that this is a completely normal response to the current situation. However, if you’re looking for a way to alleviate some of those feelings, here’s three more articles that might help.
- How to regain a sense of control when everything feels so uncertain
- Everything you need to know about seeking mental health support during the coronavirus pandemic
- The one word a cognitive therapist says could ease your coronavirus anxiety
For more information on dealing with your mental health, including tips on how to cope, you can check out the NHS Every Mind Matters website or visit Mind. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, are struggling to cope or feel your mental health deteriorating, you can seek professional help by contacting your GP.