LONDON: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton have given their support to a campaign to help people look after their mental well being during the coronavirus pandemic in the country, a media report said on Sunday.
The campaign launched by the Public Health England (PHE) encourages people to stay in touch with family and friends by phone or social media and follow a daily routine and sleeping pattern during this moment of crisis, the BBC said within the report.
In a statement, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said: "The past couple of weeks have been anxious and unsettling for everybody.
"We need to take time to support one another and find ways to take care after our mental health. By pulling together and taking simple steps every day, we will all be better prepared for the days ahead."
Mental health charities were also being given an additional 5 million pounds in funding by the govt. to assist expand their services.
The PHE guidance also suggests starting a new hobby or setting goals to combat anxiety and low mood while staying in quarantine and following advice on social distancing or self-isolation.
Meanwhile, mental health Minister Nadine Dorries, who was herself diagnosed with the novel coronavirus earlier this month, said when she discovered she had the virus she "felt anxious and scared".
"For those that already suffer from anxiety or other mental health issues this could present new and difficult challenges," the BBC quoted the Minister as saying.
The UK has thus far reported 17,312 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 1,019 deaths.