Mental Health

This is a difficult situation. We need to look after ourselves, and appreciate the stresses we, and family/friends, are under. Please pray for those you know and don't know. And take advantage of those things that are out there to help, both secular (especially mental health advice) and that offered by Christian organisations. Here are a few good contact points

1.  NHS  https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-

2.  Mental Health UK  https://mentalhealth-uk.org/help-and-information/covid-19-and-your-mental-health/ 

3.  Anxiety UK Telephone Helpline  https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/coronanxiety-support-resources/

Children and Mental Health

CAHMS Support
Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) has made available on their website a collection of down-loadable materials that they think might be helpful to young people and their parents.  The booklets can be downloaded as PDFs.  Find them here: https://www.camhs-resources.co.uk/downloads

National Geographic have some potentially useful advice for supporting children during the Coronavirus outbreak, focusing on mental well-being https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2020/03/keeping-kids-mental-health-during-coronavirus

DFE (the Department for Education) have published a list of well-being resources for students and parents:

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2
Description: wellbeing advice for all those supporting children and young people.

Mental wellbeing: secondary
Key stages: key stage 3 to key stage 5
Description: advice on dealing with school closures and talking to children about COVID-19.

Children’s Society
Key stages: key stage 3 to key stage 5
Description: information and support on different aspects of mental health and wellbeing.

Key stages: key stage 3 to key stage 5
Description: an educational resource for all adults on children and young people’s mental health.

Rise Above
Key stages: key stage 3 to key stage 5
Description: videos with tips on gaining confidence, dealing with anxiety and coping strategies from other young people.