Health & Wellbeing
Back to School Resources from CWP CAMHS
CWP CAMHS have produced a range of resources to support children, young people, their families and educational professionals as they return to school.
The resources are available to download from the My Mind website here or via the following link:
Back to School Advice from NSPCC
NSPCC Learning has refreshed its content on children returning to school in the UK. The content includes resources to support children and young people at the start of the new term including:
- safeguarding and child protection policies and procedures
- recognising and responding to concerns
- the impact of coronavirus on children’s mental health
- supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing
All NSPCC Learning resources can be accessed via this link:
During this period we are not in school, support can be given in lots of different ways:
- Email email@example.com and your email will be directed to the correct member of staff.
- At the bottom of this page there are a variety of activities to complete with your child to support with well being, anxiety and explaining our current situation.
Local NHS Trust, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership (CWP), has launched a new mental health helpline for residents of Cheshire West, Cheshire East and Wirral. Open 24 hours a day, seven-days a week, it is open to people of all ages, including children and young people, who need urgent mental health support.
The helpline is part of the NHS Long Term Plan to improve access to mental health support. Originally due to go live next year, it has been fast-tracked to be available to support local people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What to do if you need urgent mental health help:
- Call 0300 303 3972 and dedicated local NHS staff will support you to access the help you need
- The helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is open to people of all ages – including children and young people
- The helpline is now the first port of call for mental health help – it is operated by people in your local area who will know how best to support you. If you call NHS111 you may have to wait longer for help and will be re-directed to this local service – so call 0300 303 3972
- Please note, A&E and 999 are not the best places to get help for the majority of mental health problems – call 0300 303 3972 to be directed to the best local service to support you
- You should still call 999 or go to A&E if you have an immediate, life-threatening emergency requiring mental or physical health assistance
- For non-urgent help and general wellbeing advice, the CWP website contains information and links to resources to support people with anxiety, low mood, and worries relating to the current Covid-19 pandemic www.cwp.nhs.uk
- For children and young people there is also a dedicated website MyMind.org.uk
- Champs Public Health Collaborative, in collaboration with Cheshire & Merseyside Health and Care Partnership (C&M HCP) have launched a new ‘Kind to Your Mind’ campaign to promote the national ‘Every Mind Matters’ messages and materials, to look after our mental health and encourages others to so the same. Visit the campaign website kindtoyourmind.org to access free wellbeing tools, apps and resources.
- The ThinkNinja app, a mental health app for children and young people (10-18 years old), has been updated to include specific COVID-19 scripts. The new content brings self-help skills to young people who may be experiencing increased anxiety and stress at this time. The App is freely available for all young people across the UK and can be downloaded from your App store. Find out more here.
- Childline has updated its Coranavirus webpage to include tips for children and young people on coping at home during lockdown. Advice includes: keeping in touch with friends online and talking to people at home; staying busy with things like schoolwork or hobbies; and speaking to a trusted adult or parent if they need support. Available here.
- Child Bereavement UK has added new titles to their range of short information films, including Coronavirus: Supporting children through difficult times and Coronavirus: Supporting bereaved children. There’s also a film about supporting a bereaved child with autistic spectrum disorder. The films are free to watch on their website at https://www.childbereavementuk.org/Pages/Category/short-guidance-films . Their Helpline and Livechat services are still operational too. See their website for details
- The ADHD Foundation are working with the Withernslack group to provide Webinars on a varity of topics from ADHD, ASD, Anxiety and dealing with our current situation. https:/witherslackgroup.co.uk/webinars/
- The Wirral Educational Psycology service has put together a great helpful tips page https://localofferwirral.org/looking-after-yourself-looking-after-your-children/
- National Autistic Society – guidance and helpline for parents’, young people and staff: https://www.autism.org.uk/services/nas-schools/vanguard/news/2020/march/coronavirus-(covid-19)-advice.aspx
- Mencap - Easy Read guide to Coronavirus: https://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-03/Information%20about%20Coronavirus%20ER%20SS2.pdf
- Place2Be – Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing: https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-information-for-children/
- Young Minds - Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/
- Carers UK - Guidance for carers: https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/health/looking-after-your-health/coronavirus-covid-19
- Covibook – an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic: https://www.mindheart.co/descargables
- Amaze - information pack for parents https://amazesussex.org.uk/faqs-about-the-coronavirus-for-parent-carers-of-children-with-send-brighton-hove/
NEW INFORMATION 08.05.20
- The Liverpool Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) have a fantastic website, full of useful information for supporting pupils and families during this period and every day. https://www.liverpoolcamhs.com/support-category/covid-19-support/
- Children, young people, parents or carers in crisis can call the Alder Hey CAMHS crisis care line 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 0151 293 3577 or freephone 0808 196 3550 / Email CrisisCare@alderhey.nhs.uk, They should only present to Accident Emergency Department if they need medical treatment or are struggling to keep themselves safe in the immediate moment.
NEW INFORMATION 15.05.20
- The Department for Education (DfE) has announced that STAR Academies Trust has launched StarLine, a national helpline for parents who are home-schooling in England. The free telephone helpline aims to offer confidential advice to families from qualified teachers and parenting experts, including advice on behaviour and timetabling, as well as help for those looking after children with special educational needs or disabilities.The helpline is open on Mondays and Wednesdays 8am to 4pm, and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 10am to 4pm. Telephone Helpline: 0330 313 9162
- Next Chapter (NW) CIC has made some of their courses available online during lockdown. Booking is essential and eligibility applies. Click on the link for more details:
- Developing emotional literacy for children and parents
- Developing positive communication
- Maintaining wellbeing and stress management
- Wellness and nutrition
NEW INFORMATION 06.07.20
What is Kooth?
Kooth is a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited digital mental health support service. It gives children and young people easy access to an online community of peers and a team of experienced counsellors. Access is free of the typical barriers to support.
Kooth can be accessed by young people and adults aged 11-26 here: https://www.kooth.com/