Getting through the huge amount of information currently being shared around the world about Covid-19 can be intimidating, scary and confusing as well as anxiety-inducing. To try and create a little order we’ve put together some useful websites and free resources. Please by aware that there is a lot of non-factual information being circulated and go to official sites for updates.

Northern Ireland Wellbeing Hub

A new hub which draws together information, self-help guides and ways to find support on a range of mental health and wellbeing issues.  Visit the website at


Please visit the Public Health Agency website to find our accurate, reliable information or to be kept up to date with recent developments

or UK government advice can be found here:

The Department of Health has also launch a Covid-19 app – further information is available here –

To download the app – search for Covid-19 NI on the Apple app store or on google play.


More specific condition advice may be available via the wide range of voluntary organisations that exist across the UK.  A number of them are listed on the groups and organisations page here:

The British Society for Genetic Medicine has also put this info together:


Living with Worry and Anxiety – as we all isolate, use a video link if you can to stay in contact with family and friends or at the very least pick up the phone to family and loved ones.

The Psychology Tools guide to might be a very useful tool at this time

Stress Control – As the NHS can’t deliver their Stress Control classes in the community just now, Dr Jim White will, instead, live-stream the classes, free-of-charge, starting on Monday 13th April but you can watch the series in the free zone of the website if you miss them live on youtube. Visit for more information or for access to the booklets and sessions.

CAMHS Resources – A site created for young people, carers and professionals to pool together lots of helpful resources from across the internet that are available to help support your mental health.  Visit


Community NI  – run by NICVA (Northern Ireland Council for Community and Voluntary Action) have set up a help page to link anyone experiencing difficulty at this time to local support groups.  For more information click on the link and then on your Council area link to find out what support is available locally.

If you are part of an organisation that offers support you can add your details to the Community NI help page here –

Telephone Support Schemes – If you live by yourself, please remember there are a number of telephone schemes such as the Good Morning programmes which exist in nearly every neighbourhood and these wonderful projects will try to keep running during this very uncertain time.  You can find your nearest scheme here:

PIPS Belfast – have launched a 7 day a week befriending service for anyone who is isolated and not coping with the lockdown to offer emotional support and be a listening ear. Counsellors are also working from home and can be contacted through the same number.  This service will operate Monday to Friday 9pm to 9am & Saturday, Sunday 2pm to 6pm – phone the team on 02890805850

Support – Patient Client Council – For general support or advice, contact the Patient Client Council on T: 0800 917 0222 (9am -5pm Mon – Fri) or E:

Food – Have your shopping delivered – plan ahead as all the big suppliers have 2/3 weeks waiting time for delivery slots.  In addition, lots of local convenience shops are posting on Facebook pages to support those most vulnerable.  So check the local support website, telephone support schemes or Facebook for local support!   Communities are really coming together to provide support to individuals and it truly is an amazing thing to see!



There are a wide range of resources being made available, some specifically for children.

Chatterpack – Claire Ryan has put together an amazing list of resources on the Chatterpack site.  She is one of the amazing #NHSHeros and runs the site in her free time. Topics include virtual tours, geography and nature, arts and culture, music, mental health and loneliness to name but a few.

PE with Joe Wicks   Joe Wicks, the Body Coach, may have finished his daily sessions but you can still use the many episodes on his online channel.

Libraries NI Ebook Service – Existing members just need their membership number. New members can sign up here