Mental Health Support
Please find below useful information to provide Mental Health and Emotional Support during the current COVID-19 situation.
Anna Freud: Self-Care and Coping Strategies
For further information on self-care the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families offers a booklet with top tips for young parents and carers.
Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope. They launched in May 2019 and have had more than 500,000 conversations with people who are anxious, stressed, depressed, suicidal or overwhelmed and who need immediate support. As a digital service, Shout 85258 has become increasingly critical since Covid-19, being one of the few mental health support services able to operate as normal at this time.
How Shout 85258 works
Shout’s trained volunteers are there for you 24/7 to listen and support you to get to a calmer and safe place. Shout is a free, confidential, anonymous service for anyone in the UK. It won’t appear on your phone bill.
To start a conversation, text the word ‘SHOUT’ to 85258.
For more information see the Shout website.
CBBC: Video and Questions
Here is a useful video from CBBC in which Dr Xand and Dr Chris answer coronavirus questions.
ChildMind: Talking to Children
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP): Parent Resources
NASP offer help and advice on helping children to cope with changes resulting from Covid 19.
Young Minds: Feeling Anxious about Coronavirus
This Young Minds article offers young people advice on what to do if they’re anxious about coronavirus
Crisis Card offers contacts for a range of services supporting mental health, bereavement and suicide.
Mental Health First Aid
Useful information on how to protect yourself against stress.
Kooth is a FREE, anonymous, confidential, safe, online Wellbeing service, offering counselling, information, and forums for children and young people.
Access 365 days a year to counsellors who are available from: 12 noon-10pm Monday- Friday, and 6pm-10pm Saturday and Sunday
Log on through mobile, laptop and tablet at www.kooth.com