Coronavirus (COVID-19): Your mental wellbeing
Stay connected if you have to stay home
There are a number of free apps and websites that allow you to stay in touch with friends and family using any kind of mobile phone, computer, laptop, or tablet.
- WhatsApp – this app can be used for texting, voice calls, video calls, sending pictures and videos, and voice messages
- Messenger can be used for texting, voice calls, and video calls - it can also be used to play games and send pictures, videos, and voice messages
- Houseparty can be used for video calling and playing games with friends
- Skype can be used for voice and video calls, as well as online chat and sending pictures and files
- Zoom can be used for voice and video calling – you can invite people to join you on a video call by sending them a link
Older people can get help and advice about using these apps from the Age UK site, which features instructions and tutorials as well as tips on staying safe.
Clear Your Head has more advice on staying connected.
Social media can help you stay connected with loved ones during this difficult time, but it can also cause you to feel more stressed. Make sure to take regular breaks from social media so you don’t get overwhelmed.
Young people can find advice on staying safe and mentally well while using social media on the Young Minds site.
Other ways to stay in touch
There are other ways to stay connected if you’d like to take a break from the internet. Try writing a letter to someone you haven’t seen in a while, or sending a postcard. Even just picking up the phone and calling someone for a chat is great for your mental wellbeing, and will help both of you to feel less alone while staying home.