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Coping during coronavirus

Coping during the Covid-19 pandemic

In it together

These unprecedented times are challenging, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally.

You might feel lonely, lacking in motivation, anxious or depressed. But you are not alone. We can get through this together.

We've pulled together a variety of resources and information (below) to help you.

Mental health support

Managing your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Visit the Berkshire Healthcare website for advice and support to help you.

Talking Therapies

Talking Therapies is an NHS service available to residents of Wokingham Borough. It offers support if you are struggling with challenges like depression, stress, anxiety and phobias. To access the service, you need to be aged 17 years or above and be registered with a Berkshire GP practice. You can refer yourself to the service or discuss your concerns with your GP who can also refer you to the service. 

Visit the Talking Therapies website for further information.

To contact the service, call 0300 365 2000 or email talkingtherapies@berkshire.nhs.uk.

Useful websites

The media and your mental health

The media can be all-consuming and many of us may find ourselves constantly refreshing, reading and re-reading content. This can increase the focus and anxiety around the virus and uncertainty.

Try to limit your intake by muting or unfollowing people that are posting unhelpful information. You could also turn off notifications for media outlets.

Stay up to date using trusted information. The best places to follow for up to date official information are:

Apps to support mental wellbeing

  • Insight timer appprovides a large range of guided exercises to manage stress, anxiety and improve sleep
  • Mindshift CBT apphelps you understand what anxiety is, learn to relax and develop more effective ways of thinking to actively manage your anxiety
  • Feartools apphelps with generalised anxiety disorder, phobias and social anxiety
  • Pzizz appcalms your mind to aid sleep

Help and support

This is a particularly difficult and stressful situation for adults and children living with domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is more than physical violence. It can also include, but is not limited to: coercive control, verbal abuse, emotional abuse and sexual abuse.

For information and advice on how to get support, including how to delete your website history visit our Domestic Abuse Advice page.

Emergency help if someone is in crisis or has attempted suicide

If it’s an emergency, call 999 straight away and ask for an ambulance.

Urgent non-emergency help

Call the Mental Health Crisis Team if you need urgent help, but it’s not an emergency:

Telephone: 0300 365 0300 or 0300 365 9999

Someone to talk to

If you need someone to talk to, you can also call:

Read our bereavement support page for help with grief and loss.

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