The current situation regarding the coronavirus pandemic is a concern for all of us – those both studying and working. We’re all adjusting to lots of sudden change and that can be scary and worrying. It can be especially hard when you’re studying; shifting to remote studying, needing to self-isolate, and needing to practice social distancing for a time, will inevitably present a challenge for many. You may be feeling more anxious than usual, finding it hard to sleep and focus on your studies.

It’s more important than usual to find ways to look after your mental health and wellbeing to support yourself during this challenging time.

What kind of support is there?

Support from King's
We have developed a very helpful Health and wellbeing hub which contains useful tips for maintaining health and wellbeing while working and studying remotely, with a focus on mental health and staying connected.

King’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IOPPN) offers these presentations on issues ranging from managing mental health, wellbeing, anxiety and relationships during the Coronavirus pandemic with Maintaining health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Counselling & Mental Health Support Service have also compiled the following resources to support you:

  • Wellbeing. To look after your mind and body and find out what support there is available for you at King’s and other resources: Look after yourself- Take Time
  • Anxious. You may find you are worrying more than usual, and this may be affecting your sleep: Worry, Rumination & Insomnia
  • Studying: You may be finding it increasingly difficult to focus on your studies and meet those deadlines or revise for your exams: Procrastination

The Counselling & Mental Health Support Service is also available to you online. You may also find our article What online mental health support does King's provide? helpful with further resources.
Out of hours support: Our partner Pro-Counselling provide an out of hours Counselling Service. Find out more in our article Where can I go for mental health support when the university is closed?

KCLSU has adapted its usual Take Time Out campaign to Take Time In to help support you while you study at home in these extraordinary circumstances.

King's Chaplaincy
The Chaplaincy is offering support remotely and are contactable by email., and you're invited to get in touch if you'd like to. You can find out more about the Chaplaincy and how to stay connected to this community at Chaplaincy - pastoral support.

Support outside King's

Aimed at students & young people needing support

Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity. They aim to empower students and members of the university community to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills to look after their own mental health, support others and create change.

Mindfulness for Students offers a range of resources following subscription to their mailing list.

Young Minds: Looking after your mental health while self-isolating offers advice on managing stress and anxiety and staying connected with others.

Science News for Students: How to cope as COVID-19 imposes social distancing is an article with tips on supporting yourself and managing while isolating and social distancing.

Anna Freud Centre  has lots of advice and information aimed at young people. This includes a self-care resource with over 90 simple strategies for overcoming low mood and anxiety, suggested by young people. There is also an urgent help page with a list of organisations offering 24 hour support by text, phone and email.

The Mix offer free information and support to people under 25 years based in the UK and have an on-line chat forum for young people. They offer lots of advice about coping with coronavirus.

Student Space is here for you through coronavirus. However you’re feeling help and guidance is available. Explore a range of trusted information, services and tools to help you with the challenges of student life.
There are 3 ways that Student Space is here to help:
  1. Access dedicated support services for students, by phone, text, email and webchat
  2. Information and tools to help you through the challenges of coronavirus
  3. Helping you find what support is available at your place of study

Aimed at anyone needing support
For a selection of resources and websites which are informative and helpful for anyone of any age group, whether studying or working remotely:

Mind: Coronavirus and your wellbeing Mind is well-recognised mental health charity, offering a wide range of information and support, including specific advice for supporting yourself during the pandemic.

NHS: Every Mind Matters is the mental health branch of the National Health Service (NHS) and offers lots of information and advice, including a quiz to develop your Mind Plan.

Headspace: A mindful approach Headspace is a website and app focussed on mindfulness and meditation techniques. This article offers general advice about supporting each other during global crisis.

Mental Health Foundation: How to look after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak The Mental Health Foundation is a charity offering a wide range of resources, news and campaigns for mental health.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapists discussing coping with anxiety about coronavirus, including links to helpful articles.

Beat is an eating disorders charity and has specific advice for managing during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust offers guidance on working from home, including a Wellbeing Action Plan and Daily Planner to download.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) offers advice on mental health considerations including for those in a care-giving role, and on coping with stress.

Psychology Tools offers this comprehensive guide for Living With Worry and Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty.
Staying Mentally Healthy during Social Distancing, Quarantine and Exit Restrictions due to the Coronavirus  is a self-help CBT workbook and guide for coping with the change in our lifestyles.

Important to know: This guide was not produced in the UK, so emergency contacts and resources on page 32 are unavailable within the UK. For emergency guidance, please see our Crisis Support section.

Bereavement & Grief
Brene Brown's podcast about Grief and Finding Meaning where she talks with grief expert David Kessler against the backdrop of the coronavirus. 

Cruse is a bereavement organisation and shares how bereavement and grief may be impacted by this pandemic.

Sudden is a charity which supports people after sudden death, including those bereaved or supporting the bereaved by coronavirus.