Maintaining emotional and mental wellbeing is always important. The Covid-19 situation can bring special challenges, and there is support to help.

Things to do at Home

You can apply online for a York Library Card for free access to to e-magazines, newspapers, e-books and e-audiobooks.

Shine has many virtual activities you can do from home from online singing to exercise sessions.

NHS Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice

Self-assessment, audio guides and other tools you can use while staying at home. There is information about stress, anxiety, sleep and low mood  and there are tips about accessing further NHS support if you need it

York Mind

Telephone Drop-In: Young people aged 11-21. Chat about anything you are struggling with. You can also use the drop in to find out more about the other services below, and sign up for them if you would like.Text 07483167931 and ask to speak on the phone or by text. You will get a reply within 48 hours. If you would like a phone call, this text will include a time for that phone call within the next 7 days.
Telephone Mentoring: Young People aged 11-21 can request mentoring support over the phone. You will have up to six sessions, either weekly or fortnightly. Each session will be with the same mentor, allowing you to build a trusting relationship. Your mentor will support you to set goals to improve your wellbeing and to identify coping strategies that work for you. They will speak to you as a person, not just focusing on your mental health, but also your passions and interests. There will be a waiting list for young people to start this support, with the first spaces available through May.
Online Video Groups: 4 weekly 1 hour sessions, plus time to chat after if you want.

  • Creative Writing: Wednesdays, starting from the 6th May 2020. Have a go at writing, as a way of expressing and coping with emotions. 11-15 year olds group starts 4pm start. 16-21 year old  group starts 2pm start. These groups are suitable for both absolute beginners, and experienced writers.
  • Emotional Wellbeing Toolkits: Fridays, starting from the 8th May 2020. Explore techniques for managing anxiety and low mood that can be created to be used within the home.
    11-15 year old group starts 11am, 16-21 year old group starts 3:30pm.
  • Mindfulness Skills: Thursdays, starting from the 14th May 2020 for 16-21 year olds, 4pm start. Learn skills around being present in the moment and aware of your own emotional processes, which can be used to help promote a positive state of mind.


Web based confidential support service designed specifically for young people. Counsellors are available from 12noon to 10pm on weekdays, and 6pm to 10pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop-in basis for text based conversations, or young people can access regular, booked, online counselling sessions as needed. Outside counselling hours, young people can message the Kooth team and get support by the next day. Check out the Kooth.com website for articles, forums and discussion boards.

The Mix

Information helpline for under 25 year olds 0808 808 4994, 4pm -11pm everyday.

Webchat, (10-18 years old) 7days a week 4pm -11pm.

Telephone counselling for up to 25 year olds.

Young Minds

Advice pages for coping with self-isolation and maintaining emotional wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic.


A supportive online community where you can listen, share and be heard.


Support for domestic abuse. Online chat if you are isolated with someone you are afraid of, (3pm - 6pm Monday-Friday).


Help if you or a young person you know is thinking about suicide.


Private, confidential advice and support. Telephone 0800 1111.

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