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Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Information and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.  Hospital visiting restrictions now in place.

Support during COVID19

Useful Websites and Resources

It’s very understandable to feel distressed, worried, anxious and fearful at this difficult and uncertain time with Coronavirus, especially if you are pregnant or have recently had a baby. Please find below some websites and resources that we hope will be helpful in providing you with some information and suggestions for coping through this challenging time. These are likely to change on a regular basis, so please check the websites for their latest updates.


Glasgow Perinatal Mental Health Service
Useful online resources for patients

We provide this leaflet to mothers attending our service. You can click the links in the attached file (pdf)

 

 

Physical Health and NHS information

Information about coronavirus and what to do if you have symptoms

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Current NHS guidance translated into 32 different languages

https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/#

Royal College of Obstetricians: Advice for women and families on coronavirus in pregnancy

https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-pregnancy/covid-19-virus-infection-and-pregnancy/

 

General Mental Health and Wellbeing

MIND mental health charity: Coronavirus and your wellbeing

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

Royal College of Occupational Therapists: Guide for people and families who are socially distancing

https://www.rcot.co.uk/staying-well-when-social-distancing

Video of Dr Russ Harris (Author of the Happiness Trap) advises on an ACT (Acceptance and commitment therapy) approach to coping with the coronavirus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmvNCdpHUYM

Gateway Psychology Service: Tips and advice on coping with coronavirus (using technology tips as well as wellbeing coping tips)

https://www.gateway-psychology.co.uk/about-gateway-psychology-services/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-tips-and-advice/

Video by psychologist Jo Hemmings on coping with fears of isolation

https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2020/mar/19/coronavirus-how-to-cope-with-anxiety-and-self-isolation-video-explainer

Article by Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Lisa Orban on controlling fear of coronavirus
https://thriveglobal.com/stories/controlling-your-fear-about-the-coronavirus-practice-these-10-things-instead/?fbclid=IwAR2NwbZeuCQmnhpLpUnmtau5yAjYip9J1KpuBgB7HdTADtm0qHwsue8BLI0

 

Anxiety and OCD

Psychology Tools: A guide to living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty

https://www.psychologytools.com/articles/free-guide-to-living-with-worry-and-anxiety-amidst-global-uncertainty/

OCD-UK: Information and advice about OCD and coronavirus

https://www.ocduk.org/ocd-and-coronavirus/

BBC News: A video by Dr. Iles, Consultant Psychiatrist at the Priory on how to manage anxiety and OCD during coronavirus

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/health-51909368/coronavirus-how-to-manage-anxiety-and-ocd-during-the-pandemic

A guide to coping with Health anxiety, Wellbeing Primary Care Mental Health Service, Glasgow

http://wellbeing-glasgow.org.uk/health-anxiety/

A guide to coping with Anxiety, Wellbeing Primary Care Mental Health Service

http://wellbeing-glasgow.org.uk/anxiety-2/

A guide to coping with Panic Attacks, Wellbeing Primary Care Mental Health Service

http://wellbeing-glasgow.org.uk/panic-attacks/

 

Depression and Low Mood

A guide to coping with Low Mood, Wellbeing Primary Care Mental Health Service

http://wellbeing-glasgow.org.uk/low-mood/

Article by Alistair Campbell, a journalist who has written about his experience of having depression on surviving isolation

https://alastaircampbell.org/2020/03/twenty-tips-for-guarding-against-depression-and-anxiety-in-the-era-of-self-isolation/

 

Relaxation and mindfulness

At a time where there is a lot of anxiety, stress and uncertainty about it can be helpful to take time out to try and relax or shift our focus through relaxation and mindfulness exercises.

Headspace is a mindfulness app which is available to download free on apple or android smartphones with mindfulness exercises

https://www.headspace.com/covid-19

Free Mindfulness provides a range of different mindfulness exercises and some especially relevant to the coronavirus situation

http://www.freemindfulness.org/

Oxford mindfulness centre provides a range of podcasts and some tailored to the current situation

https://oxfordmindfulness.org/

Mood juice website has a range of relaxation exercises including progressive muscular relaxation and visualisation

https://www.moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk/asppodcast.asp

MIND relaxation tips

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/relaxation/relaxation-tips/

 

Children and Family Resources

Parent Club Scotland: Advice for parents and families about coronavirus and how to cope

https://www.parentclub.scot/topics/health/coronavirus

British Psychological Society: Article about talking to children about coronavirus

https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/bps-highlights-importance-talking-children-about-coronavirus

Young Minds: Advice on how to talk to children about coronavirus

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/

Young Scot: Advice for young people about Coronavirus

https://young.scot/campaigns/national/coronavirus

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families: Self-care tips for young people (most are helpful for adults as well!)

https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/self-care/

Child friendly video of an explanation of coronavirus

https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/child-friendly-explanation-of-coronavirus-by-manuela-molina-12267168

 

Social and financial information

UK Government: Information on coronavirus support for employees, benefit claimants and businesses

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-support-for-employees-benefit-claimants-and-businesses

Information about coronavirus on Glasgow City Council services

https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/coronavirus

Information from the citizen’s advice bureau including advice around financial issues

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/health/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you/

General advice and resources from Money Matters, a charity which provides advice and support around financial and benefit issues

http://moneymattersweb.co.uk/