Looking after your emotional health and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic


Spending time in your home can make you feel isolated and lonely, and this affects our emotional health and wellbeing. It is normal to experience low mood, anxiety or stress but there are things that can help.


Do plan and make regular phone calls, instant messages and text to friends, family, neighbours and colleagues.

Do use digital solutions like Facebook and Twitter or video chat to keep in contact.

Do plan with people what you will talk about next, for example TV programmes, films or an eBook.

Do listen to music or podcast to help feel connected and less lonely.

Do try activities that stimulate your mind like puzzles or free online courses by FutureLearn www.futurelearn.com  and OpenLearn https://www.open.edu/openlearn/

Do join an online peer support group, such as Elefriends run by Mind https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/support-community-elefriends/

Be Active

Do get outside for a walk, run or cycle. Remember to keep your distance from others and wash your hands when you get home.

Do exercise at home if you’re able. There are lots of free resources on the Active Calderdale website – https://active.calderdale.gov.uk

Do take regular breaks from work. Stand up from your desk and take a walk around the house every hour.

Do regular stretches, either standing or seated.

Do encourage your family, friends and neighbours to get active too. You could even get active at the same time over a video chat!

Do share how you’re getting active on social media! Use #ActiveCdale on Twitter and Instagram, and your photos and videos can be shared with others to inspire them!

Look after yourself

Do maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes eating well, keeping hydrated and sleep helps with emotions.

Do respond supportively and allow children to talk about their emotions and express themselves in games or in drawings.

Do limit time you or your family spend watching or listening to media that you find upsetting.

Do keep regular routines where possible, or help create new ones such as learning, play and relaxation.

Do download free NHS approved mobile phone apps for mental health, sleep, lifestyle and other topics - https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library

Do visit Every Mind Matters for more information on coronavirus and mental wellbeing www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

Don’t use gambling platforms, smoking, alcohol or other drugs to deal your emotions.

Don’t let embarrassment stop you from talking with others about what’s happened. Talking is an important way of dealing with the situation.

Get support

We are all individuals and there is no right or wrong way to cope or feel. For most of us, especially if we have never experience problems with anxiety or low mood before, these feelings will gradually disappear over time. However, some of us will need more help.

Emotional health and wellbeing support for everyone

Mental health helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The new confidential helpline offers support and guidance to anyone registered with a GP practice in Calderdale by calling free on 0800 183 0558. As well as information and advice, trained telephone advisors can help people.

Emotional health and wellbeing support for adults

IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) - when we feel like we can’t cope, feel anxious, low or have problems sleeping, going out of the house. Sometimes this can start to affect our everyday lives and prevent us from doing the things we normally do. There are 2 providers providing IAPT services in Calderdale, the options are:

  • South West Yorkshire NHS Foundation Trust, Calderdale IAPT - Your GP can refer you or you can self -refer by ringing the IAPT number 01484 343700 or visit www.askforiapt.co.uk
  • VitaMinds Calderdale. Providing free and confidential talking therapies- Self-refer online at www.vitahealthgroup.co.uk/vitaminds or call 0333 0153 494 Monday – Thursday 8.00am – 8.00pm, Fridays 8.00am – 5.00pm or email  atiapt.calderdale@nhs.net

The Samaritans offer a listening ear if you need to talk to someone. You can ring them on 116 123 or visit samaritans.org

The Silver Line on 0800 4 70 80 90 is a free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours every day of the year.

Healthy Minds is Calderdale’s local mental health charity – you can contact them on 01422 345154 or visit healthymindscalderdale.co.uk

Safespace is run by Healthy Minds and provides out of hours support for people in emotional distress. It is open every evening from 6pm to 10.30pm, with calls taken up to 10pm. Call 01422 345154 or contact by Facebook (Safespace Calderdale) or email safespace@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk

The Employee Assistance Programme is a 24 hour confidential helpline, to support all staff, working within the Health and Social Care sector; in paid and voluntary roles, across Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield; through any of life’s issues or problems. The service will offer support in a confidential, friendly non-judgmental manner, through experienced therapists or advisors. To contact the service ring  0800 028 0199

The service supports people who:

  • Are at risk of Stress, Anxiety and Low mood.
  • Have financial issues.
  • Experiencing relationship difficulties.
  • Require legal support.
  • Dedicated app for social care workers https://workforce.adultsocialcare.uk/
Emotional health and wellbeing support for children and young people

Childline is a free, private and confidential service where children and young people can talk about anything – you can contact them on 0800 1111 or visit - childline.org.uk

Open Minds Calderdale helps with questions about emotional health and wellbeing and provides information on available support - openmindscalderdale.org.uk

Time Out Listening Line (Healthy Minds) – for young people aged 10 – 19 who are struggling with lockdown, missing their friends, worried about school or just want to talk to someone. Open Wednesdays 1pm to 4pm 01422 345154

Kooth is an online counselling and emotional health and wellbeing platform for children and young people age10-25 years, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use kooth.com

COVID-19 support line. Overgate Hospice has set up ‘Hear for You’ COVID-19 support line which provides telephone advice and support for health and social care professionals providing a frontline service in response to COVID-19, relatives and friends of patients being cared for in any health and social care setting in relation to COVID-19, bereaved relatives and friends. The telephone number is 01422 387172 and the line is open between 10am and 6pm seven days a week.



Don’t struggle at home if you are on your own, elderly or vulnerable. For assistance contact Volunteer hub volunteeringcovid19@calderdale.gov.uk or Calderdale Council’s contact centre 01422 288001