Spotlight on Coronavirus and Wellbeing


Coronavirus has given rise to lots of uncertainty. Reactions to the crisis can include feeling overwhelmed, fearful, sad, angry and helpless, but it’s important to remember you’re not alone and the feelings you’re having are completely normal. We will add information on this page directing you to support services, resources and advice for this difficult time. 

If You Find Yourself struggling:

The first point of call is the University's Student Support website which has online resources to help with issues around your wellbeing, as well as signposting you to other forms of help where needed. The Counselling and Mental Health Service are delivering a series of workshops now and over the summer. These have been tailored in response to the particular challenges COVID-19 poses in looking after and supporting mental health, you can register here.

 Other Useful Resources

The University’s Six Ways to Wellbeing is an evidence-based framework to help support wellbeing. Here are some ideas on how we can use and practice the Six Ways right now.

Advice for PGRs from PGRs

The Importance of Taking Regular Breaks

It's more important than ever to switch off and take breaks. A range of arts and culture venues have launched new digital initiatives to ensure exhibitions and performances can be enjoyed online - here are just a few ideas.

  • The National Theatre at Home programme offers free broadcasts of popular theatre productions on a one-week basis, starting Thursday 2nd April at 7pm. 

  • Blackwells Virtual Events programme (run by Blackwells Book Shop), will feature a range of authors and book-related events.

  • Social Distancing Festival – check here for a round-up of cultural and creative livestreams happening daily!

  • Manchester Museum in Quarantine – our very own Manchester Museum have uploaded their digital content to this site, so you can explore and enjoy Manchester Museum in your own home.

  • Virtual Museum Tours - Museums from London to Seoul are providing free video based tours

  • Zoos and auariums have live streams of their most popular animal attractions:
    Please note these are all socially responsible zoos with robust education and conservancy programmes. Many of these also have free children’s activities hosted on their site, so if you have children to entertain, there’s likely something to be found there!

  • Jess Gillam’s virtual orchestra projectMusically talented? 

  • Artful Care and Covid 19 - The University's Professor James Thompson has been documenting and sharing international examples of “artful care” and artistic responses during this crisis. 





Practical Steps

FACE COVID is a set of practical steps for responding effectively to the Corona crisis, using the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). 

Focus on what’s in your control 

Acknowledge your thoughts & feelings

Come back into your body 

Engage in what you’re doing 


Committed action 

Opening up


Identify resources 

Disinfect & distance 

Longer Reads

The psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it: rapid review of the evidence

Coronavirus: Understanding your Emotional Responses - a useful piece written by a sports psychologist about emotions and strategies during the current time.

A document, which is being discussed by the Division of Clinical Psychology: MHPSS COVID19 Briefing Note 2 March 2020 which provides some information and tips on supporting ourselves and others 

Check the policy blog series on mental health written by UoM academics.