The mental health of the children is something that should always be top priority for all of us, and the current situation puts an even bigger spotlight on it.
Please take some time to step back, consider how all of you are actually doing, and take a look to see if any of these signposted resources might be helpful. Should you need any further support, please do speak to your GP, contact a professional support service, or speak to us to see if we can help find advice and support.
Action for Happiness – Action for Happiness helps people take action for a happier and kinder world
Advice and support for mental health – Guidance and links to support with your mental health.
Advice for Parents and Young People during Coronavirus – The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have created useful information, posters and a video with advice.
The Anna Freud Centre has created a resource hub to help young people and their families cope with mental health challenges such as anxiety during the lockdown.
Anxiety UK-A range of useful information, resources and support for helping you understand how to deal with your anxiety during these difficult times.
Blurt – Increasing Awareness and Understanding of Depression – Mental Health Toolkit
Bright Sky is a mobile app and website for anyone experiencing domestic abuse, or who is worried about someone else.
British Dietetics Association Food Fact Sheets – Food Fact Sheets written by dietitians to help you learn the best ways to eat and drink to keep your body fit and healthy.
Bupa – Information about a number of mental health conditions, as well as details of treatments and support.
Calm – App Promoting sleep and meditation
Calm Harm – App designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm.
CAMHS Resources – This site was created for young people, carers and professionals to pool together lots of helpful resources from across the internet that are available to help support your mental health and well-being.
Change 4 Life – Change4Life is here to help your family be healthier and happier by eating well and moving more.
Childline, Staying Healthy – Staying healthy is an important part of growing up. And it can affect you physically and emotionally. When your body changes during puberty and you have to deal with things like school and exams, staying healthy can really help you.
Coronavirus: a book for children – A free information book explaining the coronavirus to children.
Drink Aware App – Want to change the way you drink? Get the free app from Drinkaware; track your alcohol consumption and spend over time, calculate units and calories and set goals to help you moderate your drinking!
Every Mind Matters – Mental health advice and support from the NHS.
Headspace – Reliable and relevant videos from Headspace.
How to have difficult conversations with children – NSPCC Learning offers top tips on preparing for a difficult conversation and also having a difficult conversation with a child.
Internet Matters – Online Safety advice and insight for parents and carers
iPrescribe Exercise – Your Personal Exercise Prescription. Get active, improve your health, live your best life
Learn My Way – Improving Your Health Online – Information about the ways you can use the internet to support your health.
Living Life to the Full – Free online courses covering low mood, stress and resiliency.
Marie Curie, Bereavement Support – Support for the bereaved
Mental Health Foundation – Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Mind – Coronavirus and your wellbeing.
Mindfulness Awareness Research Centre – MARC was created to bring to a renowned mental health research institution the ancient art of mindful awareness, in a scientifically supported and rigorous form.
National Autistic Society – Autism and coronavirus advice and support.
NetAware – Advice for parents/carers on keeping children safe onlineduring lockdown.
NHS Apps Library – Apps and online tools to help you manage your health and wellbeing.
NHS, 5 Steps to mental wellbeing – Evidence suggests there are 5 steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life.
NHS, Live Well – Advice, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing.
NHS, Mindfulness – It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much. Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) – NICE issues guidelines outlining which services and treatments are recommended nationally
Parent Talk – Down-to-earth parenting advice you can trust
Reading Well Books on Prescription – Book lists containing accredited and helpful reading to support health and wellbeing.
Search for health and wellbeing apps – Search for health and wellbeing apps and support.
See, Hear, Respond from Barnardo’s – A partnership to help children, young people and families cope with the Covid-19 crisis.
Talking to your child about coronavirus – Support from the Young Minds organisation.