Everyone has issues to deal with at different times, and we all deal with them in different ways.

The Covid-19 pandemic has particularly highlighted and heightened the severity of these issues.

These affect both adults and children and help is available to both, some of these links may be useful to you.

The Mental Health Foundation – (adults and children)

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/a-z-mental-health/ – A-Z of Mental Health Mind provides advice and support to empower people experiencing a mental health problem. They have a fantastic A-Z of Mental Health and free, downloadable guides to many mental health issues, including a guide to seeking help which contains some useful advice on how to support someone else with their emotional and mental health

https://kooth.com/ – Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people

https://www.childline.org.uk/ – Childline Service provided by the NSPCC for various information, support and advice for young people

https://youngminds.org.uk – YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of young people. Parents will find a wealth of information on their Parents Page, including details of a free and confidential helpline.

https://www.nhs.uk/ – NHS Choices This is a reliable source of information about anxiety disorders in children and teenagers.

https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/ – AnxietyUK Contains a page specifically for Family, Friends and Carers.

https://keltymentalhealth.ca/blog/2013/06/mindshift-new-app-youth-anxiety  – MindShift™ will help you learn how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking, and identify active steps that will help you take charge of your anxiety. This app includes strategies to deal with everyday anxiety.

https://www.hopeagain.org.uk/ – HopeAgain is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care, a national charity providing support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone close to them dies.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/self-harm/ – The National Self-Harm Network provides a 24/7, closely monitored online forum which aims to reduce the emotional stress and improve the quality of life for people who self-harm. The forum provides crisis-support, information, resources, advice, discussion and distraction.

http://www.lifesigns.org.uk/  – LifeSIGNS is an online, user-led organisation providing information and support to people of all ages who are affected by self-harm, including guidance for family and friends.

https://www.escayp.org.uk/  – ESCAYP offer counselling & therapeutic play for children & young people aged 3-21 years.

 

COVID-19 Emotional Wellbeing Support

Emotional Well-Being

During this time, many of us may be experiencing a range of emotions. To support young people with this, Young Minds have released this information:

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/

As adults, it is also important for us to take care of ourselves. This website may be useful:

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

You may also find information on the following website particularly useful. The Young Minds A-Z covers a wide-range of areas including anxiety, anger, gender identity, divorce, self-esteem and much more. It is available on our website or via the direct link below:

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/

Please note there is also a Parent Contact section that includes a telephone number as well as contact form:

https://youngminds.org.uk/contact-us/

Corona virus social stories

http://www.millfields.hackney.sch.uk/uploads/2019/Corona%20Virus%20Info%20for%20Young%20Children.pdf.pdf

Elsa Support Corona stories

https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Story-about-Coronavirus.pdf

Helping children understand coronavirus

https://hes-extraordinary.com/teach-kids-about-coronavirus?fbclid=IwAR0wBrFK1CFGVR1wDann0pfXC8k6Df5qzGXeY4zU9qR4RzFA1XiD74KjSxw

https://positivepsychology.com/the-crisis-kit/?utm_campaign=enormail&utm_source=enormail&utm_medium=email&utm_content=’The%20Crisis%20Kit’

Adult wellbeing

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak

Coronavirus, how to protect your mental health –

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799?fbclid=IwAR1MZL-PMjPq3i5MMCHX_lB0l-vFuiX8Cx_3xPFTLD-bSgtooOo1-0axz-I