The spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has likely impacted on all of us in a variety of ways. You may notice that your loved ones, your colleagues and your community are experiencing responses that can include fear, anxiety, stress, anger and hopelessness. These are all natural responses. Self care and community care can help us to address these emotions and ensure the most vulnerable among us are supported during this time. 

At Developing Healthy Communities, we have gathered useful advice including access to crisis and mental health information. 

Crisis response helpline numbers

Call Lifeline now

Call Samaritans now

Call Childline now

Call Cause now

Call Rural Support now

Helplines NI

Services in your area

Services to improve mental health and emotional wellbeing (Z-Cards) and a list of drug and alcohol support services.

Helpful resources

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HSC and PHA Useful Guide to Mental and Emotional Wellbeing Resources: a downloadable pdf.

Impact of COVID-19 on mental health

Aware NI Useful factsheets on anxiety, depression, bipolar, stress & mental health
WHO Free booklet or audio files on doing what matters in times of stress
Childline Advice for children and young people

Ways to cope

Samaritans Practical ways to help yourself cope
The Blurt Foundation Support with depression
Minding your head Resources for managing your mental health
NHS Audio guides on tackling low moods, sadness & depression, anxiety control, sleep problems, low confidence and unhelpful thinking