Right now people’s mental health is really being put to the test as our lives are disrupted by the coronavirus lockdown. Many people are being forced to isolate indoors for months at a time which can really push the boundaries of their mental health, especially if it was already fragile.
Others who live by themselves may be experiencing extreme loneliness without any human interaction and this loneliness can sometimes lead to feelings of depression or anxiety.
Relationships may also be put to the test as couples and families are spending every waking minute together with little escape. Many don’t have gardens and might be cramped up in small flats unable to get a moment’s peace. Along with trying to potentially work full-time from home and home-school children, marriages and relationships are definitely being tested.
Luckily there are a lot of online resources that aim to help anyone who is struggling mentally and some charities and companies are even offering free online therapy to those in need.
Read on to see where you can get support and access online therapy to take care of your mental health at this difficult time.
Free online therapy
ReGain - one week free trial of relationship therapy
If you are having relationship troubles or there are signs of disrespect in your marriage, then online counselling and advice can be sought from relationship experts at ReGain.
Whilst their online therapy sessions are a paid service, they do offer a completely free trial for one week to try their marriage/relationship counselling.
This allows you to see the benefits of couples therapy and whether it’s right for you, before making a financial commitment.
They recommend starting immediately as soon as you’ve signed up to take full advantage of the opportunity. Simply sign up on their website and the free trial will appear.
NHS self-help therapies
If you are based in the UK then you may be able to access free online psychological therapies provided by the NHS. They can help with problems such as stress, depression and anxiety.
You don’t need a referral from a GP and can book an appointment yourself on the NHS website and they will assess you and provide you with the correct care you need whether that’s an in-person therapist or an online therapist if you’re short on time or would rather remain anonymous.
They may offer guided self-help therapy as a starting point which is a course you can work through at your own pace.
Free mental health apps
There are also several free to download apps that are designed to help you manage your mental health.
Worry Tree is a free app that allows you to record your worries and then tackle them using cognitive behaviour therapy techniques (CBT) to reduce your anxieties. It helps you assess your worries on the go and learn how to manage them.
Stress & Anxiety Companion is a free app that uses breathing exercises and relaxation techniques to manage everyday stress and anxiety by reducing symptoms.
Free mental health information online
There are numerous resources online that offer free mental health support and articles so you can find the services you need or that offer advice so you can help yourself if your symptoms are mild.
Many websites and mental health charities like Mind offer helpful tips for everyday living so you can reduce your symptoms and get on with enjoying your life.
The Stylist also offer a list of wellbeing resources you can access for free during the coronavirus outbreak which is really handy.
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