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Do you have concerned or overwhelmed children because of the news around coronavirus (COVID-19), if so it is understandable, especially if they are struggling with their mental health or have a physical illness. You and your children could be feeling worried about your own health, or someone in your family, or what impact the virus will have on life. Please click through the links below for for top tips, advice and information.
This guide provides the updated offer from Children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing services in Calderdale during the COVID-19 pandemic. Services are having to adapt and change their methods of delivery at present and this document will be updated to reflect the most up to date information.
Open Minds 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 services will be shared on this web page.
We encourage you to use the guides below to support the emotional health and wellbeing of your children when discussing the return to primary or secondary school. These documents were developed by a group of education and emotional health and wellbeing professionals.
The Healthy Futures Calderdale school nursing team can support parents/carers and young people with any physical health or emotional wellbeing concerns they have around COVID-19 and the return to school. The team can be contacted by phone (030 33 309974) or by text: (07480 635297 for young people and 07507 332157 for parents and carers).
We know this is a worrying time for everyone. Helping children and young people cope with the information and changes to do with Coronavirus can be a huge challenge. From school closures and social distancing to increased awareness of infection and hygiene. There is a lot for children and families to process!
This guide brings together trustworthy information and resources to support you and your family during these difficult times.
Safespace is now open every evening to ensure that people over the age of 18 have access to support, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic. Safespace is now available every evening from 6.30 – 10.30pm. The last call taken will be at 10pm.
Call 01422 345154 or contact by Facebook (Safespace Calderdale) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Calls are being diverted to staff on duty. They will take some brief details and arrange a call back for you at an agreed time.
Our Parents Helpline is available to offer advice to parents and carers worried about a child or young person under 25; open Mon-Fri from 9.30am to 4pm. Our trained advisers are here to give you help and advice, whatever the question.
SilverCloud is a free digital treatment programme for adults which can be accessed by parents, carers, staff and any adult who might find it helpful. The programme is provided by Silvercloud Health. It includes a newly developed ‘Space from Covid 19’ module which has been designed by experts to help people dealing with difficult emotions brought on by coronavirus. The content includes some advice on how to talk to children about coronavirus related anxieties. There are also modules on sleep, stress, and resilience for adults. The code ‘north’ should be entered when prompted. The site is secure, anonymous and confidential. No referral is required.
The current situation of isolating and social distancing is far from ideal for any of us. It’s clear that the next few months may be a struggle at times. At XenZone the creators of Kooth want to help spread your ideas and thoughts about keeping happy during these unprecedented times. Share your stories and tips through this page or read on how others are coping with the world-wide isolation.
This short book has been created by Manuela Molina from a company called Mindheart. The book has been designed to support and reassure children while talking about the coronavirus.
Tips, advice and where to get support for your child’s mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
If your child is worried or anxious about coronavirus, here’s our Parent Helpline experts’ tips on what you can do.
How can you support your child, and yourself, with concerns around coronavirus? Place2Be has shared some tips, and some useful resources, to put this in context.
Families play a hugely important part in supporting each other at times of uncertainty or concern especially as they will probably be spending more time together because of home working, school closures, and other public health measures. This page contains resources specifically for parents and carers and families.
This video provides guidance to parents and carers about how they can help children and young people manage their mental health and wellbeing during any disruption caused by the coronavirus.
Amaze has worked with the local authority and health services in Brighton and Hove to try and answer some pressing questions from parents about how the coronavirus outbreak may affect families.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new type of illness. There are now a number of people in the UK who have got it and it is spread easily. Because of this, Mencap has created some easy read information about Coronavirus for you to use.
The British Psychological Society have put together some useful tips, advice and links to articles that you might find helpful in dealing with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The resources on this page offer tips for families including age-appropriate responses to common questions, a guide to self-care, and activities for young children experiencing social distancing.
The goal of calming exercises is to go from “flight, fight or freeze” mode back to “rest and digest” mode. Deep breathing helps get more oxygen into the bloodstream and has a physical effect on your body to help lower stress. Deep breathing makes a big difference for kids, this article will help you teach them how to to use deep breathing to lower stress.
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.