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Support during Covid-19 Outbreak

This page contains some resources offering information, advice and support during the Covid-19 outbreak.


If you, or someone you are supporting, have been bereaved as a result of the Coronavirus, there are further website and support resources listed in our Bereavement page. The University Counselling Service has a leaflet specifically about coping with Bereavement during the Covid-19 pandemic

Cambridge University Mindfulness Society are currently hosting daily meditations, drop-ins and live sessions. 

Mind's Good Life Service are offering University of Cambridge students access to their online Good Mood Café and Open Door initiatives. These are weekly supportive spaces. If you are interested in joining for the Easter 2020 term or would like to join the pilot (week beginning 20 April) click here for more information. 

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. (Note this guide was not produced in the UK so please ignore the emergency contacts and resources at the end.)

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

The Anna Freud Centre website 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 eating disorders charity, Beat, has specific advice for managing during the coronavirus outbreak.

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

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

The bereavement organisation, Cruse, share how bereavement and grief may be impacted by this pandemic.

The Mental Health Foundation offers a range of tips and advice including for mental health, finance and for those in abusive relationships.

Mind provide useful links and practical advice on maintaining mental health and wellbeing, specifically during Covid-19.

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 Covid-19.

The University of Cambridge's Dr Olivia Remes shares her top tips on looking after your mental health during this difficult period - based on science.

The charity, Sudden, support people after sudden death, including those bereaved, or supporting the bereaved by Covid-19.

Advice from the World Health Organisation regarding mental health considerations , including for those in a care-giving role, and on coping with stress.

Young Minds offer strategies for tackling anxiety about coronavirus and dealing with self-isolation.

Work through this comprehensive guide for Living With Worry and Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty.

The UK Government have published official advisory pamphlets in English and other languages.

Further coronavirus support and information can be found on the University's Student Wellbeing Website.

Cambridge Nightline is pleased to announce that, although we're not going to be able to offer our normal service this term, we will be running an email service instead. From Monday 27th April, you can email us at and receive a reply from a volunteer within 48 hours. Our software will automatically strip any personal information so all contact will stay anonymous, just as before. Just like with our usual calls and instant messages, feel free to write to us about anything that's on your mind.

Advice about remote working for disabled students is available from the Disability Resource Centre.

If you feel in need of urgent support, the Samaritans are free to call and are open 24 hours a day 365 days a year: 116 123 or email: 





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