The follow-up of people with mental disorders is affected by isolation. Patients, please note that in Switzerland continuity of care is maintained, just as in France where psychiatric consultations are part of the medical derogations justifying visits. Beyond that, teleconsultations are logically encouraged when possible.
This situation generates anxiety, distress and fears, and not only for vulnerable people. Here are 3 simple advices, respecting  carefully the health injunctions related to Coronavirus :

  • Stay informed but not too much: too much time on social networks can be a source of anxiety.
  • Maintain (or start) a daily routine associated with healthy habits: for example a balanced diet, physical activity (at home) and regular sleep.
  • Keep in touch with others: talking with someone can help to reduce worry or anxiety.

Read more : advices in the WHO press release about ‘Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak’.
The Lancet’s review of the literature on ‘the Psychological Impact of Quarantine and How to Reduce it’.  
The study published by the BMJ on ‘Psychological Distress among Chinese People in the COVID-19 Epidemic’

Photo credit: In this image, SARS-CoV-2 coronaviruses, responsible for Covid-19 disease. Manuel Rosa-Calatrava, Inserm; Olivier Terrier, CNRS; Andrés Pizzorno, Signia Therapeutics; Elisabeth Errazuriz-Cerda UCBL1 CIQLE. VirPath (Centre International de Recherche en Infectiologie U1111 Inserm – UMR 5308 CNRS – ENS Lyon – UCBL1). Colorized by Noa Rosa C. Sources: WHO/The Lancet/The Conversation/@F.ElKhoury/Inserm.