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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.
It’s important that parents/carers and children know that feelings of stress, worry or uncertainty are understandable in the current circumstances and that worry is a normal emotion. This leaflet provides parents/carers with some top tips, useful resources and links to local support services here in Calderdale.
Open Minds provide neurodevelopmental assessments for children and young people to identify whether or not they have an underlying neurodevelopmental condition, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). As a result of social distancing restrictions, most face to face appointments were temporarily placed on hold from March 2020.
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.
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.
Recently, 16 young people came together to create 14 flash cards for students returning to education. The purpose of these cards are to help decrease stress levels on any worries or queries that students might have, especially for those who haven’t been in an education setting since March 2020. We created these top worries that we believe were the most frequent worries that students will face when returning in September to their educational settings. Please click here to view the cards.
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 school nursing team can be contacted by phone 030 33 309974.
You can text a question to Chat Health using the following numbers: 07480 635297 for young people and 07507 332157 for parents and carers.
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.
Safespace offers emotional support for people over 18 who are struggling emotionally. They are open 7 days a week, from 6.30pm every evening – with the latest available appointments at 10pm. Individuals who are struggling can have up to half an hour with a worker to talk through what’s happening and agree any next steps. You can contact Safespace on 01484 345154 or text 07388990227 to get through to a worker. You can also send a private message through Facebook messenger @safespace-Healthy Minds. A worker will contact you back and arrange an appointment for the same evening.
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.
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.
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.