COVID-19 - support and useful resources
On this page you will find:
- Support for you
- If you’re feeling anxious or worried
- Useful advice, shopping, prescription and local support resources
Support for you
If you’re feeling isolated from family and friends during these uncertain times, we’re here for you.
- You can call our free Helpline on 0800 5200 520, or email firstname.lastname@example.org (Mon-Fri 9am – 8pm).
- COVA, our COVID-19 virtual assistant also provides fast, easy access to our trusted information, 24/7. Follow the purple icon at the bottom of this page.
- Connect with other people with arthritis to share experiences on our online community.
We’re maintaining our social and online platforms to push back against isolation, maintaining a strong community of people with arthritis listening and learning from everyone’s experience as well as providing support.
We’re working with the NHS, health professional organisations and charities to ensure that we’re regularly updating coronavirus information on our website to ensure you have the most up-to-date and relevant content available.
If you’re feeling anxious or worried
If you're feeling worried about COVID-19, the mental health charity Mind have dedicated information about coronavirus and wellbeing and The Mental Health Foundation has produced tips to help people cope with anxiety. These include:
- looking after yourself, so you feel more able to cope with whatever happens
- try to manage how much you follow on the media. There's a lot of misinformation being spread. Make sure you’re only looking at reliable sources of information, like the NHS and gov.uk
- talking to friends and family about your worries
For more advice from leading experts, take a look at the following:
- Arthritis and coronavirus – looking after your emotional wellbeing
- Meditation and mindfulness and how it might help you
- Public Health England's guidance on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing and guidance for parents and carers supporting children and young people's wellbeing.
- Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) resources - managing your physical and mental health and wellbeing.
Useful shopping, prescriptions and local support resources:
NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do. This is available in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
For more information on local support groups, check out the COVID-19 Mutual Aid website. You can find out what your local council can do to support you.
In Northern Ireland
You can register on NIDirect for priority online supermarket food delivery. For information and guidance from Advice NI, contact the COVID-19 Community Helpline.
Updated information can be found on the following websites: NIdirect.gov.uk.
You can register for help on the SMS shielding service. Also, you can use the Viral Kindness website to find help in your local community including with food shopping and deliveries. Or the Scottish government helpline for people at risk who find it hard to get online: 0800 111 4000.
Updated information can be found on the following websites: NHS Inform.
If you are caring for someone
You can find support where you live on the Carers UK website.
For employers and employees worried about coronavirus check out this advice from workplace experts ACAS.