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Feeling concerned or overwhelmed by the news around coronavirus (COVID-19) is understandable, especially if you are struggling with your mental health or you have a physical illness. You could be feeling worried about your own health, or someone in your family, or what impact the virus will have on your life. Please click through the link below for for top tips, advice and information.
We encourage you to use the guide below to support your own emotional health and wellbeing when thinking about returning to school. This document was developed by a collaboration of young people from three young people’s groups in Calderdale and is aimed at secondary school aged students.
Open Minds (CAMHS) wants to reassure children, young people, families, partners and staff, that we are continuing to offer as much support and services as we can during this difficult time. An update on the temporary arrangements in place for Open Minds is now live on the Calderdale CCG web site. Any changes to the service will be shared on this web page.
Kooth is a free, safe anonymous online counselling and support service for children and young people aged 10 to 25. It’s open until 10pm every evening, 365 days a year. Young people can access Kooth’s counselling service and self help resources, such as: 10 ways you can manage coronavirus panic and Yoga for physical and mental wellbeing.
Time Out Listening Line will give young people the opportunity to get some simple advice and guidance about how to keep busy and reduce their anxiety about the current situation. The Listening Line is not counselling, nor is it for young people who are in crisis and who need a more in-depth assessment and intervention.
The Healthy Futures Calderdale Public Health Nursing Team continues to provide physical health and emotional wellbeing advice, support, signposting and referral for school-aged children and young people and their families via phone, video conferencing and text messaging: 0303 330 9974.
ChatHealth is a confidential and secure text messaging service for school-aged children, providing an additional means of accessing physical health and emotional wellbeing support during this difficult time.
For specialist advice, support and training around drugs and alcohol, contact Branching Out direct on: 01422 415550 (option 2). For specialist advice, support and training around sexual health, contact the Integrated Sexual Health Service on: 01422 261370.
1:1 support over the telephone or via a virtual platform. Providing emotional health and wellbeing support to young people and their families where people are questioning their sexual or gender identity. Peer support is also available via group work sessions. The service continues to accept referrals which can be made via the phone or by email.
The BREW project offers children and young people who present with personal, social, emotional, educational or professional concerns to access bespoke support sessions with one of our wellbeing team within 48 hours. Our wellbeing advisers are there to speak with, support and help find solutions to problems, concerns and issues that children and young people are experiencing through coronavirus, lockdown and the return to school.
A chat line to support, advise and guide children and young people in Calderdale and Kirklees about future options, jobs, CVs, interviews, training, school, college, apprenticeships, employability skills or anything else they may be feeling worried about.
The YoungMinds Crisis Messenger text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support to young people under 25 across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258. It is free and confidential to text our service. Click here for further details.
If the current news on coronavirus (COVID-19) is making you feel anxious, concerned or stressed, this page will give you some things to do.
The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. They are here to help you take on any challenge you’re facing including mental health, money, homelessness, finding a job, break-ups and drugs.
The Mix also has loads of support around coronavirus. You can talk to them online or their free, confidential helpline.
ThinkNinja is an app specifically designed to educate 10-18 year olds about mental health, emotional wellbeing and to provide skills young people can use to build resilience and stay well. ThinkNinja is built on CBT principles and addresses a range of issues including stress, anxiety, low mood, or having unhelpful thoughts. The user is coached by the WiseNinja, powered by artificial intelligence and the skills of a clinical psychologist.
Before coronavirus, ThinkNinja was a commissioned service only. DURING THE CORONAVIRUS, ThinkNinja IS FREELY AVAILABLE TO ALL.
This is a very simple guide which explains a bit more about coronavirus like the common symptoms, what we can do to prevent the spread of the virus and what to do if you or any of your family catch the virus.
The NYA have put together some useful PDF documents to help during the Covid-19 outbreak. Supporting Young People through COVID and Online Guidance for Young People have both been created to provide you with more information about COVID and other worries you might have, like: education; employment and finances; staying safe physically and online and looking after yourself in general.
Find out more about how viruses work, and the best ways to prevent them from infecting more people. Viruses can’t spread without our help, so click the link to learn how not to help them!
GoZen! creates online social and emotional learning programs loved by kids ages 5-15, parents, professionals, and schools. The site helps children and young people transform challenging feelings into confidence, courage, and resilience.
You might be wondering how coronavirus (COVID-19) could affect your sex life, relationships and sexual health. This link will take you to a short guide you will find advice, facts and top tips to keep you, your loved ones and your community safe.