Many people who live and work in London are feeling anxious about coronavirus and how it might impact them, their loved ones, their work and their future. It’s important to know that it is normal and okay to feel upset, anxious or confused at times.

A new public webinar series, Coping Well During Covid, has been developed to support you if you are feeling anxious about coronavirus and how it is impacting you, your loved ones or your work. The webinar topics will include managing wellbeing, anxiety, low mood and sleeping difficulties.

Each 60-minute webinar is NHS-led and delivered by Emily Gardner, High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, Richmond Wellbeing Service. The webinars offer you the chance to explore ideas and tools to support your mental health and wellbeing in a clinically-led and interactive way (when joining live).

To keep up to date about future Coping Well During Covid webinar sessions, subscribe to the Thrive LDN newsletter.

About London’s NHS-led wellbeing webinars

The Coping Well During Covid and Keeping Well for Health and Care Workers webinar series are developed and delivered by Healthy London Partnership’s digital Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme team. Webinars will be recorded and available to view back on Thrive LDN’s website to support the mental health and resilience of Londoners during and after the pandemic. 

#1 Managing Wellbeing
Tuesday, 9 June 2020 16:00 – 17:00

This webinar was recorded on Tuesday, 9 June. It looks at improving wellbeing; highlighting a fear cycle and a low mood cycle. Concluding with ideas and tools to break these common cycles and improve mood.

Coping Well During Covid – Managing Wellbeing slides

#2 Anxiety
Thursday, 11 June 2020 16:00 – 17:00

This webinar was recorded on Thursday, 11 June. It focuses on managing worry and anxiety caused by COVID-19. We will take a look at helpful long term strategies for managing anxiety and reducing worry.​


Coping Well During Covid – Managing Anxiety slides

#3 Low Mood
Tuesday, 16 June 2020 16:00 – 17:00

This webinar will look in more detail at the implications of lockdown on our activity levels and how this impacts how we feel. Alongside a more detailed look at how we build a balanced routine and fight low motivation.

Coping Well During Covid – Low Mood slides

#4 Sleep
Thursday, 18 June 2020 16:00 – 17:00

Insomnia is thought to affect around one third of the population. This webinar will look at why we sleep and some of the common sleep difficulties. Followed by strategies and tips to overcome these sleeping problems.


Coping Well During Covid – Sleep slides

#5 Managing Wellbeing
Tuesday, 23 June 2020 16:00 – 17:00

This webinar looks at improving wellbeing; highlighting a fear cycle and a low mood cycle. Concluding with ideas and tools to break these common cycles and improve mood.

The recorded webinar and slides will appear here shortly.

#6 Anxiety
Tuesday, 30 June 2020 16:00 – 17:00

This webinar will focus on managing worry and anxiety caused by COVID-19. We will take a look at helpful long term strategies for managing anxiety and reducing worry.​

The recorded webinar and slides will appear here shortly.

#7 Low Mood
Tuesday, 7 July 2020 16:00 – 17:00

This webinar will look in more detail at the implications of lockdown on our activity levels and how this impacts how we feel. Alongside a more detailed look at how we build a balanced routine and fight low motivation.

View online here from 4.00pm

#8 Sleep
Tuesday, 14 July 2020 16:00 – 17:00

Insomnia is thought to affect around one third of the population. This webinar will look at why we sleep and some of the common sleep difficulties. Followed by strategies and tips to overcome these sleeping problems.

Register online here.


View online here from 4.00pm

Other resources to help you cope
There are a number of other resources and services available to support your mental health and wellbeing during this challenging time.

Digital resources available now

Good Thinking is a digital mental wellbeing service that has over 100 free, NHS-approved resources designed to help those dealing with anxiety, low mood, poor sleep or stress. Take the clinically validated self-assessment to get a better understand of what you’re going through, helpful resources and if necessary, relevant treatment options.

To help build resilience and maintain good mental wellbeing, Every Mind Matters has a range of resources for everyone at Including an interactive quiz, the Your Mind Plan, to get top tips and advice relevant for you.

NHS psychological treatments

If you do not require urgent support but are still concerned about your mental health, contacting your GP is a good place to start.

You can also refer yourself for free, non-urgent NHS psychological therapy services, also known as IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services, which provide evidence-based treatments for depression and anxiety. In London, services are ready and open to receive self-referrals for those needing professional support.

You can get talking therapies like counselling for depression and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) on the NHS. They all involve working with a trained therapist. Currently, this may be difficult to arrange face-to-face, so it is likely that sessions will be online or over the phone.

You can find your local service here.

Helplines

Or you may feel more comfortable talking to someone you don’t know by using one of the following helplines:

• If you, or anyone you know, is experiencing a mental health crisis and needs urgent assistance, advice or support, contact your local 24/7 NHS mental health helpline.

Shout is the UK ‘s first 24/7 text messaging service for anyone in crisis. Text Shout at any time to 85258 to start a conversation.

Samaritans’ free, 24-hour listening service on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org.