The advice has been clinically assured by the NHS and was drawn up with the backing of leading mental health charities.
Separate instructions are being sent to local NHS trusts on how to prioritise resources and use digital channels to support patients.
Guidance is also provided for those who have long term mental health needs, the treatment of which may have been disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak.
Nadine Dorries, the mental health minister, announced an additional £5million is being made available for mental health services.
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