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Children and young people's mental health and wellbeing resources

During this time, it’s important that you take care of your family’s mental health – there are lots of things you can do, and support is available if you need it.  Please follow this link for a leaflet that sets out further available support for children and young people ‘Knowing your mental health’. 

Support can be accessed online, by phone and by text. Our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) are adapting their approaches to be able to continue to provide support remotely. You can contact their team on 0203 317 3599
E-mail  cnw-tr.kccamhs.cnwl@nhs.net

For more information and guidance on supporting your family’s mental health, see:


Resources for Parents 

1. Coronavirus (COVID-19) parenting tips: https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/covid-19-parenting-tips

2. Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and support for parents and carers https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/coronavirus-advice-suppport-children-families-parents/

3. https://www.covid19parenting.com/home

https://www.covid19parenting.com/tips# 

Our open-source and evidence-based parenting tips and resources are available in more than 100 languages!

4. Supporting Families During COVID-19: https://childmind.org/coping-during-covid-19-resources-for-parents/

5. Partnership for children -  https://www.partnershipforchildren.org.uk/

Resources to boost your child's wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic: https://www.partnershipforchildren.org.uk/what-we-do/childrens-wellbeing-activities-for-teaching-staff-and-families.html

6. Anna Freud Center: Support for Early Years -

https://www.annafreud.org/coronavirus-support/support-for-early-years/

 

7. YoungMinds: 

For parents - Worried about a child or young person's behaviour or mental health? You're not alone:

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/


Covid-19 specific children and young people’s wellbeing and mental health support

For young people who feel particularly overwhelmed and troubled by Covid-19, these resources are helpful ways to manage anxiety around the pandemic, with helpful tools on homeschooling and self-care during lockdown.

  • A downloadable guide from the Children’s Commissioner  for children and young people about the coronavirus, including proactive advice to support mental wellbeing.

  • The Think Ninja app educates 10–18-year-olds about mental health, emotional wellbeing and provide skills young people can use to build resilience and stay well. It has been adapted to Covid-19 to bring self-help knowledge and skills to those who may be experiencing increased anxiety and stress during the crisis.

  • The Rise Above website aims to build resilience and support good mental health in young people aged 10 to 16. The content has been adapted to Covid-19 and includes new mental health content based on insights from young people on remote schooling.

  • The Every Mind Matters website aims to support everyone, including children and young people, to feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing by promoting a range of self-care actions. It has been adapted to include advice and support about mental health issues that may have arisen because of the pandemic.

  • The Young Minds website – provides online information on COVID-19 and mental health support to children and young people.


General information relevant to children and young people’s wellbeing and mental health

These resources are dedicated to children’s general mental health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on mindfulness with developing coping skills in young people.

  • Place2Be has a host of mental health resources available. They organise Children's Mental Health Week every year.

  • SafeSpot is an iPhone and Android app that promotes positive mental wellbeing in children and young people and has been designed to help children and young people with their coping skills.

  • MindEd’s advice and resources for families on supporting children’s mental health. This includes the Education Hub (which hosts a short Wellbeing for Education Return training webinar for education staff as well as more in-depth content covering wellbeing and resilience, bereavement and loss, stress, trauma, anxiety and low mood) and the Coronavirus Staff Resilience Hub.

  • BBC’s wellbeing resources for families.

  • Young Minds: a letter about how I’m feeling: worksheet to help pupils express their feelings and understand what may have triggered them. For use with pupils in school or at home.

  • Mentally Healthy Schools: tools to support an emotional check-in with pupils.

  • Mentally Healthy Schools: an anxiety thermometer as a wellbeing measurement tool.

  • Mental Health at Work: Supporting Educators' Mental Health including during the pandemic. Round-the-clock one-to-one support by call or text from trained volunteers, plus resources, tips and ideas to look after your mental health.

  • NHS: Mental Health Helplines for Urgent Help - NHS 24-hour advice and support for you, your child, your parent or someone you care for. Help is available to speak to a mental health professional.

  • NHS IAPT: free online NHS adult psychological therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), for common problems involving stress, anxiety and depression. IAPT services can be accessed either through a self-referral by contacting your Local IAPT or via your GP.

  • Cruse Bereavement Care: Coronavirus, Bereavement and Grief online information, advice and support. Helpline: 0808 808 1677

  • MindEd: Coronavirus Staff Resilience Hub for frontline staff

  • Headspace: Headspace for Educators offers educators access to free mindfulness and meditation exercises and resources for every age group, and a free Headspace Meditation App.

  • Centre for Mental Health: Supporting Mental Health during Covid-19: a brief guide

  • Public Health England Every Mind Matters: Looking After Your Mental Health Resources aims to support everyone to feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing by promoting a range of self-care actions.

  • Public Health England: Every Mind Matters Self-Care Tool when you complete the 5 ‘Survey’ questions, a ‘Mind Plan’ is generated, with signposting options to many useful resources.

  • Anna Freud: self-care strategies for young people feeling low or anxious and self-care tips for parents and carers.

    If you as a parent are feeling anxious or low in mood, support is available by telephone or video call. Please email alice.gibson@nhs.net and the Health Visiting service will get back to you as soon as possible.

    You can also access a talking therapy service to support with your own mental health and wellbeing. Please follow this link for a leaflet outlining the support available in Kensington and Chelsea or Westminster and how to contact the talking therapy service, provided by Community Living Well and the Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service.

  • Free online counselling support for children and adults

    Kooth is a web-based confidential support service. It provides young people and young adults aged 11-25 years old with a safe and secure means of accessing support with their emotional health and wellbeing needs from a professional team of qualified counsellors.

    Relate provides relationship support; including guidance and counselling services for individuals, couples and families through private online chat rooms and phone calls.  When individuals are going through a tough time, Relate can offer support to manage issues and strengthen relationships.

    Childline is a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, trained Childline counsellors are there for you online and on the phone.

    Please follow this link for a leaflet that sets out further available support for children and young people ‘Knowing your mental health’

    Every mind matters short video about supporting children's mental health.

Last Updated 07/04/2021

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