Whatever you’re feeling right now is valid. It is normal and perfectly understandable that you might be feeling anxious and worried at the moment.

Finding support for you
Here are some sources of support and some useful ways to get support if you are finding it hard.

If you’re finding things hard emotionally right now, you’re not alone.

For those of us already living with an existing mental health problem, such as anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), this might be a particularly difficult time.

  • If you have an assigned care team or care worker, then it’s important to contact them if you need to talk to someone existing mental health condition.
  • Mind has a huge range of helpful guidance, tips and advice for to help you cope during this time. They have a dedicated page explaining some of the common experiences of mental health problems during coronavirus, and has tips for living with mental health problems during coronavirus.
  • Our Time helps children affected by parental mental illness. Their animation aims to help start a conversation with a child about what mental health is, how people are affected by it, and what they can do to look after themselves.
  • Good Thinking, London’s digital wellbeing services, has a range of evidence-based information sheets and workbooks on mental wellbeing by the renowned Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) on topics such as anxiety, depression, and mindfulness. You can view, download and share this content and go through it in your own time.
  • If you’re feeling anxious or stressed about work, housing or financial difficulties, then explore the helpful range of resources and guidance on City Hall’s Hub.
Twenty minutes to better resilience with Dr Radha
Making small changes can make a big difference and can help you to effectively build emotional resilience.


Our ability to adapt well to the stress of life, as well as being able to bounce back from adversity, crises or trauma, is often referred to as emotional resilience.

We’ve teamed up with Dr Radha, NHS GP, broadcaster and campaigner for wellbeing, as well as Londoners like you, to develop a 20-minute training video on emotional resilience.

In this short training video, you can learn more about resilience and get lots of practical ideas and inspiration about how you can strengthen your own ability to adapt well to stressful circumstances.

British Sign Language version

We have also produced this video with British Sign Language interpretation. Watch now on our YouTube channel.

Other resources to help you
Dealing with difficult emotions can be challenging but help and support is available.

In London, there are a range of free resources, online tools, and helplines available to help you deal with the uncertainty and stay mentally healthy. You may also be interested in resources in the main section for other communities, which you may also be part of.

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 talking therapy services, also known as 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.

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.
Thrive Together: lessons from the most challenging year of Londoners' lives
The impact of COVID 19 on Londoners’ mental health and wellbeing.

Thrive LDN has undertaken a period of community engagement to capture the experiences of Londoners during the pandemic.

In a series of new articles, we begin to share and explore the emerging themes from the responses, engagement and submissions to our community insights. Specifically highlighting the themes around racism, discrimination, the digital divide, and community and social networks.

Elsewhere, The Mental Health in the Pandemic study has found that people who entered the pandemic with a prior experience of mental
health problems have been far more likely to experience feelings of anxiety, panic, and hopelessness.

If you relate to the themes and issues highlighted here, then we hope you find the resources outlined on this page of support.