Lockdown: Advice for people living with severe mental illness and their carers


The government have announced that there will be a national lockdown, with effect from 5 November 2020.

Living in lockdown can be difficult for anyone. But it will create additional challenges for those living with severe mental illnesses and their carers, such as family and friends.

The government have published the main rules and advice about this lockdown here.

The rules and advice that specifically affects people living with severe mental illness and their carers is generally the same as the last national lockdown. But we’ve updated our information, so it reflects the new rules and advice.

You can read the following information to help you ease or overcome some of the challenges you might face:

Coronavirus: Advice for people severely affected by mental illness

Coronavirus: Advice for carers of those with severe mental illness

One change from the last lockdown is that face-to-face support groups for those living with mental illness are allowed. See the blogs above for more details.

Also, the government have said they know that digital mental health services don’t work for everyone. So, they have said they will ensure that the option of face-to-face support is provided to people living with serious mental health illness. But only where it is clinically safe to do so.

The blogs also explain some changes to when you can meet your carer outside.

The government have also said they are developing a winter plan for well-being and mental health. They hope to publish information on this shortly.

Our Covid-19 guidance articles

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