COVID-19 and mental health resources 

National strategic approach 

  • WHO briefing on mental health and psychosocial considerations during COVID-19 
  • Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) guidance for national mental health strategic response to COVID. This proposes a number of early activities for assessing need, identifying gaps and strengthening the response.  

Frontline workforce wellbeing 

  • The IASC guidance referenced above suggests the following actions for leaders and managers to support the wellbeing of frontline staff:
    • Supportively monitor staff mental health and wellbeing regularly 
    • Ensure good, regular communication to allay concerns/worries 
    • Ensure that staff rest and recuperate appropriately 
    • Encourage peer support and forums to raise concerns and ask questions 
    • Facilitate access to and ensure staff are aware of their mental health and psychological support (on-site and remote) 

International resources

  • Stories from the field is a blog series from WHO and MHIN sharing innovation and best practice through personal accounts from health care and health systems workers around the world.
  • The Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network have issued this toolkit on managing COVID-19

Advice and Guidance to the Public on mental health and wellbeing 

Children and Young People 

  • The impact of this pandemic on children should not be underestimated. Specific UK guidance has been produced for parents and carers 
  • The Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families has produced a toolkit for schools to support children and young people’s mental health during COVID  


For people with dementia, the UK Alzheimer’s society has produced guidance for individuals with dementia and their carers