This page is aimed at providing you with the resources to help you stay calm and confident during this uncertain period. Please see the downloads section for helpful advice on managing anxiety using calmness techniques for you and your loved ones.
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) has plenty of resources available on their website for children, teenagers and parents/carers during the Covid-19 situation. Please click here to be redirected.
- Anna Freud Foundation: Supporting young people’s mental health during periods of disruption
- Parent Club: Coronavirus
- Coping during the pandemic (children aged 7-12)
- Living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty
- Supporting children and young people with worries about COVID-19
- ‘My name is coronavirus’
- Self care kit for coronavirus
- It’s ok to worry about coronavirus – children under 12
- It’s ok to worry about coronavirus – teenagers
- It’s ok to worry about coronavirus – parents
- Face Covid – how to respond effectively to the corona crisis
- Dr Jon Goldin gives advice on dealing with anxiety during coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis
- Stay at home superheroes
- Fighting OCD during COVID-19
- ‘The little elf who missed his birthday party’
- Coronavirus: a book for children
ThinkNinja: this is an app-based service, which can be downloaded. The app is guided by a ‘WiseNinja’, which is an automated virtual assistant, built on artificial intelligence and replicating a clinical psychologist. The app provides psychoeducation on mental health and emotional wellbeing along with coaching tips for staying well and handling stress.
Kooth: is an online service which offers online counselling and wellbeing support. Young people aged 10-18 years can sign up to this service online, selecting Place2Be from the drop down menu. The service offers a range of therapeutic tools and activities and is opened 365 days a year (currently from 12-10pm weekdays and 6-10pm at weekends, though this is currently being reviewed). This is an anonymous service, everything is pre-moderated and confidential. All the counsellors are trained, qualified and experienced working with young people.
Shout: a free 24-hour crisis text service for over 18 months. This service is primarily aimed for students aged 10 years plus and is delivered by a team of crisis volunteers. Place2Be schools and their students can text P2B to 85258 24 hours a day.
Place2Be: Parenting Smart: an interactive tool with some helpful tips and advice on a number of common issues. Although aimed at primary school age children, it is suitable for those in Year 6 at transition to secondary school, as well as those in Year 7. The articles cover a range of areas such as mealtimes, anxiety and the importance of boundaries and consequences.
Being a Neuro-Ninja Through Unprecedented Times
As you know, we are working with Andrew at Action Your Potential (AYP) to bring all of our community support for well-being, the management of anxiety and many other aspects of mental health. Once we learn how our amazing brain works we can live and grow within it in new and flexible ways.To support our community through this uncertain time, we have the following resources available from Action Your Potential:
- There’s the website at www.actionyourpotentialtoday.com (password Neocortex123). The website is packed with lots of information about managing anxiety, well-being and lots of practical tips and advice to really take self-care seriously. Action Your Potential will also be tweeting every day with videos and tips to help manage all of our mental health through these times when normal life is on hold. Follow them at @ActionPotential on Twitter or find them on Facebook. For students, we know they prefer Instagram and you can find them at action_your_potential_today there.
- Andrew has made a video all about how our brain will be responding to all of the uncertainty that’s around at the moment and you can find that here. Understanding what is happening in our brain when we’re feeling anxious can really help us respond differently. Our brain sees uncertainty and we feel that as anxiety.
- Also, do remember the 12 Rocks Of Well-Being, self-care is one of the most important processes we need to engage in every day. Even more so when we are experiencing complexity and challenge. Here is a link to the 12 Rocks poster so everyone in our community can make sure they are getting their rocks in every day. Our brain builds our mind and if we do the rocks we give our brain the best chance of building the best version of ourselves.
- And finally, Andrew and the team at AYP will be running webinars every week for the foreseeable future on the 12 Rocks and Being Anxiety Aware to help all of us with our mental health. Just follow Action Your Potential on Twitter to find out when those sessions are and sign up.
Thank you for all of your wonderful support, wishing every member of our learning community the very best and when this is over and normal life returns we are so looking forward to welcoming every young person back to learn with us again.