Supporting children and young people with their mental health and wellbeing
Children and young people may understandably be concerned or worried by what they see, read or hear in the news, online or at school regarding coronavirus.
There are ways in which you can support them to understand what is currently happening:
- Public Health England have produced guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the outbreak
- Young Minds have shared 10 top tips from their parent’s helpline, alongside a blog for young people
- The Mental Health Foundation has produced top tips for parents and carers when talking to your children about coronavirus
- The British Psychological Society has shared how it is vital to talk openly to children and reassure them about the changes they are seeing around them due to coronavirus
- To support the mental health needs of children and young people, the NHS has added a new app, Think Ninja, to its library. The app joins over 20 existing apps already approved to download from the NHS Apps Library and is free to download from now until the end of September.
Our child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) have also developed some resources for children, young people and parents/carers.
For children and young people:
- Going back to school – a guide for children and young people
- Supporting a friend through loss – a guide for children and young people
- Managing friendships and relationships – a guide for children
- Managing friendships and relationships – a guide for teenagers/young people
- Managing separation anxiety after coronavirus – a quick guide for children and young people
- School after lockdown – a guide for primary school students
- Transitioning from lockdown to a ‘new normal’ – a guide for 11-14 year olds
- Transitioning from lockdown to a ‘new normal’ a guide for 14+ year olds
Families, parents and carers:
- 28 day mindfulness challenge for the whole family
- Supporting your child with health anxiety
- Managing separation anxiety after coronavirus – a quick guide for parents/carers
- Transitioning from lockdown to a ‘new normal’ – a guide for parents/carers
Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust have also produced materials for children and young people which they can read or watch themselves to help them understand the current situation. This includes a coronavirus fact sheet for kids and a short animated film:
Make sure you visit our resources and information page for ideas on how you can keep young people entertained and supported during the pandemic.
You can also find a list of approved support, with contact details, from national charities and community organisations:
For Wakefield parent and carers:
Health, schools, social care and voluntary and community services in Wakefield have all worked together to create a guide on mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people in the Wakefield district during the coronavirus pandemic.
The guide gives:
- Information to help children and young people understand what is happening with coronavirus
- Updates on:
» School services
» Wakefield youth work team (YWT)
» Children First Hubs
» Kooth – online support and counselling
» Talking therapies
» Wakefield child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)
- Top tips from local health and care professionals
- Information on Wakefield’s voluntary and community response:
» #Wakefield cares – community hubs
» Community navigators
- Contact list of local and national organisations that are available to help.
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