The news coverage and ongoing situation caused by the COVID-19 virus may cause stress and anxiety to some.
The World Health Organisation has issued the following advice:
- The COVID-19 virus has affected people from many countries and is continuing to do so. It is not connected to any particular ethnicity or nationality. We must try to be thoughtful and kind to those who are affected, wherever they may have contracted the virus.
- These people are not “COVID-19 cases/families” or “victims”. Anyone can contract it. They are all people who have had or are being treated for the COVID-19 virus. After recovering from the illness, they can expect to return to their lives as before.
- If you feel anxious or distressed by the situation, it is wise to limit the amount you read or listen to news about Covid-19. Also limit the time you spend searching for details. Instead, just watch for updates once or twice a day at set times. Choose information that gives you practical steps to help keep yourself and community safe and healthy. It is important to ensure you are getting updates from a reliable news source, not sensational online sites and try to avoid rolling news.
- Remember to thoroughly protect yourself when you need to and be supportive to those around you. Assisting others in need can be not only helpful to them but also rewarding for those helping.
- Try to concentrate on positive stories in your local area; there are a number of people who have recovered quickly or who are using their time to support others.
- Please respect and appreciate the caretakers and healthcare workers supporting people affected with the COVID-19 virus. They are working tirelessly to help save lives and to keep you and your loved ones safe.
Local support and advice
We aim to provide Islanders with the information, advice and support they need for mental health and wellbeing.
This is a time when we can all make positive changes in our lives and the lives of those around us.
We have produced detailed information for the mental health problems most often encountered.
To learn more, click the links below or scroll down to find details on a range of mental health areas.
Note that some Mental Health services offered through the UK links provided below are not delivered locally on Island. Support details from local service providers have been listed below to help you during COVID-19:
Isle of Man Kooth and Qwell - E-Counselling service
A free online E-Counselling service has been operating since June 2019.
This service is delivered by Xenzone based in UK who offer mental health services platforms for children and young people and adults who are experiencing low-level anxiety, stress or depression.
If you are looking for support please register with one of the following two services:
Kooth (for children aged 11 to 17 years)
Qwell (for adults aged 18 years and over)
• Blog staying connected through social distancing
• Circle of control
• Deep breathing
• Maintaining Eustress in challenging times
• Maintaining purpose and positive habits
• Positive communication during times of stress
• Progressive muscle relaxation
• Taking to children about coronavirus (COVID-19)
UK support information pages