The ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will be causing stress and worry for small businesses and the self-employed across the UK, so it’s more important than ever to make sure you are taking steps to support your own mental health, as well as that of any employees you may have.
We’ve curated a list charities and resources that you might find useful during this time.
Where can I get mental health support during coronavirus?
FSB Care have been supporting members through the COVID-19 pandemic through strategies for coping and resilience, as well as support with long term health conditions
Mental health charity Mind have issued tailored support for mental health in the wake of COVID-19, including tips for taking care of your mental health if you have been asked to stay and work at home.
The Government has online advice to help support people with specific mental health needs on the gov.uk website
Heads Together have created a Workplace Wellbeing hub which includes resources and free online training for SMEs to promote better mental wellbeing in the workplace.
The NHS Coronavirus hub collects information and guidance about the disease in one place, covering symptoms, testing, at risk groups and self-isolation.
These are difficult times for everybody and you may not feel that you can turn to your friends or family for support. The Samaritans remain ready to take calls and have produced advice on looking after the mental health of yourself and others during the pandemic.
You can call the Samaritans 24/7 on 116 123, or you can text SHOUT to 85258.
Listen to our podcasts
Alan Soady talks to small business owners about mental health during the COVID-19 crisis
Mike Cherry is this week's guest on Just About Coping is a podcast hosted by Simon Blake OBE
For resources and guides to help small businesses navigate the COVID-19 crisis, visit our Coronavirus Hub.