17 Apr

Update from Rethink Mental Illness – 7 April 2020

Last week we asked you to share your photographs of what you are doing at the moment, and the response was amazing. Thank you to everyone who sent in your beautiful photographs. We will keep sharing all the creative ways you are dealing with the current situation – your walks, crafts, singing, baking and artwork. It’s important to remember that while we might be physically isolated at the moment, there is a strong community of Rethink Mental Illness supporters.

The dedicated coronavirus hub on our website is being regularly updated with the information you need to know. This week, our advice team have written a new blog on the impact of what’s happening for people who are taking clozapine and need blood tests.

Visit our information hub

Photo of the week

Patrick in Bristol took this stunning photograph on his daily walk. A reminder of the beauty that is all around us.


A student guide to coping

The Step Up guide

A new online magazine has been produced by students for students focusing on coping with coronavirus.

It’s part of the Step Up: University project which aims to improve student mental health across the city of London. As the project is currently unable to meet face to face, they have moved to producing online content which anyone can read.

Read online


Your tips

“I find knitting very therapeutic when I am feeling anxious or restless. And I am currently knitting for charity, which is very satisfying. Knit for Peace has suggestions and patterns for small projects that aren’t too demanding. You can buy yarn on line”

– Georgie

“My son is unable to see his little girl as her mummy is immune compromised. I’ve suggested that he finds lots of photos of her from each year of her life. Hopefully this will help him feel more connected and give him happy memories to look to in the future. I hope this might help someone. They don’t have to be a parent. Pets count too!”

– Suzannah

“Doing an online course: Coursera, FutureLearn and Open University are good.”

– Fiona

“Please do not underestimate – like I did, the need to communicate. Communicate with the people whom you like, if you don’t have friends or family, there are lot of groups on Facebook, there is support from Mutual Aid Groups, and local councils are connecting people with charities.”

– Mark


Please donate and support our work

Our emergency appeal

The Rethink Advice and Information service is often described as ‘life-saving’ by people we support. And our work to support people living with severe mental illness and their carers is needed now more than ever.

Right now, a great way you can help is by making a donation to our appeal so that we can continue to support people in these unprecedented times.

We are grateful for any donation you can give us at this time, big or small.

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