Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The pandemic has had a profound effect on us all. As society at large returns towards normality many of us will be left struggling with its legacy.

The Richmond Wellbeing Service is here to help if the pandemic has affected you. We have tailored programmes of support for those suffering with the physical and mental health effects of Covid19. You can refer yourself or, if you are under a hospital Covid recovery service, you may be referred by that team or your GP.

Post-Covid Syndrome (long covid)

Most infections with Covid resolve within 4 weeks but some patients continue to experience symptoms after 12 weeks. These symptoms can be very varied but in many patients include cough, shortness of breath, pain, fatigue and cognitive problems. We have specialised help for those suffering from this post-covid syndrome (also known as “long Covid”). You can refer yourself here


Many people have experienced frightening or traumatic events due to Covid19. If you are still experiencing flashbacks or nightmares about these experiences you may be suffering with post-traumatic-stress-disorder (PTSD). Richmond Wellbeing Service is experienced in helping with PTSD and provides a number of highly effective therapies (including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing- EMDR treatment). Please refer yourself if you would like to be assessed.

Working from Home can be isolating and stressful. Listen to one of our therapists talking about “Working from home and staying well” in our 60-minute CBT Webinar.


General Tips for Maintaining Mental Health in Lockdown

Maudsley Tips for MH in Lockdown

Tips for keeping your kids (and you) healthy

How to Respond Effectively to the Coronavirus Crisis
Dr Russ Harris, author of the international best- selling self-help book ‘The Happiness Trap’ has created a video with tips on how to manage
worries about the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Wellness Society
The Wellness Society has a workbook about managing anxiety during Covid-19. It includes helpful resources and some practical tips on managing anxiety.

Richmond Borough Support

Helpline for Richmond borough residents
Richmond Council has set up a Community Hub to co-ordinate the support being offered by the Council and the borough’s many voluntary organisations in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Council’s help pages start here

To get help, residents can also phone the helpline 0208 871 6555 or

Ruils is a local charity that supports children and adults to live independently, be part of their community and to live life to the full. They can provide information, support and advice to help support those struggling with isolation.

Visiting Angels
Visiting Angels is a Homecare Company which is providing free shopping, medication pickup and reassurance calls 0114 433 3000 or

Crossroads Care
Can help if you require assistance with daily tasks e.g. shopping, urgent errands or medication collection in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. They also have a Food Bank offering free Essential Food Bundles and pub-cooked Community Meals available for those financially affected, as well as people at risk and vulnerable.

Domestic Abuse
Covid Specific Information for Victims of Domestic Violence Domesic Abuse Covid19

Alzheimer’s Society Richmond
The Alzheimer’s Society Richmond is liaising with community partners across the borough to ensure that nobody affected by dementia is left unsupported. They continue to accept referrals on 020 8036 9570 and

Trained dementia advisors can be contacted at the Alzheimer’s Society 0333 150 3456

Physical Long Term Conditions Specific Advice

People with Asthma and lung disease

People with Diabetes

Sick day rules for Type 1 diabetes

Sick day rules for Type 2 diabetes

Children/young people Type 1 diabetes

People affected by Stroke

Pregnant women

People with Heart/circulatory disease

People with Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Arthritis Action has a range of self-help and exercise resources

People with cancer (although published by a Breast Cancer Charity the page contains guidance for other types of cancer)

Children and Young People with Cancer

People with Blood Cancer

People with inflammatory bowel disease

People with Parkinson’s disease

People Living With (and caring for) Dementia

People with Multiple Sclerosis

People with Motor Neurone Disease

People with epilepsy

People with liver disease and liver transplant

People with kidney disease including dialysis

People living with HIV

People with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME

People living with Pituitary/Adrenal insufficiency (including steroid sick day rules)