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We have produced this page with the help of young people and their families to try and support you through this difficult time.
We know that the coronavirus is frightening for a lot of people and may not only be affecting people’s physical health but their mental health as well. This page will try to answer some questions you might have, give you some tips on how to look after your wellbeing during this time and also provide you with some support contacts should you need them.
Lockdown is a term used by the government, which at first seems quite scary. Put simply it means that if you are healthy and well you should avoid going anywhere that isn’t essential, not that you have to stay inside 24/7.
Although you can’t see friends or family (unless they live with you), you can still call (or video call) and speak to them on the phone.
You can also go outside once during the day for a local walk or another exercise if you prefer such as running, skateboarding, yoga or cycling.
Whilst you are outside you must still keep ‘social distance’ which means standing at least 2 metres/ 6 feet apart (as long as a single bed) from anyone else. This doesn’t include people who live in your house, that you may be out with.
You can spend time in your garden if you have one, but must distance yourself from any neighbours by the same 2 metres/6 feet shared above.
You can also still visit the supermarket or pharmacy if needed.
There are a lot of support contacts out there that you can get in touch with. See below a list and some links.
Hertfordshire Mind Network provides a crisis helpline for anyone experiencing mental health distress or requiring emotional support and signposting. Professionals, family/ friends can call on someone’s behalf with the individual’s consent. Crisis Helpline number: 01923 256 391 or visit http://www.hertsmindnetwork.org/
Childline - you can call on 0800 1111 and find some information on their websitehere.
Kooth offer online support here.
Samaritans offer free confidential counselling via phone on 116 123 or find more information online here.
Sane is a charity that offers support, you can find more information here.
Time to change offer helpful tips around Coronavirus on their website here.
Rethink has some great information on their website here.
Young Minds have published great resources and ideas about things adults and young people can do to manage any stress and anxiety they may experience in relation to coronavirus here.
They also have a mental health advice line available for parents operating between 09:30am-4pm, Monday- Friday: 0808 802 5544
For advice on how to talk to your young person during this time please visit this helpful resources from the British Psychological Society here.
The Anna Freud centre have also made a video for parents that can be found here.
During this time, we want to continue to support those who need us as much as is possible. There may be some changes required, for example where it is not safe for us to meet face to face, we are thinking creatively about how we interact with our service users and families using technology. The support that is received will depend on the individuals needs and circumstances.
Young Minds has some great tips and support helplines here.
Mind has some great information and practical advice here.
Every Mind matters has 12 Tips on how to cope and an urgent support button at the bottom of the page here.
Just Talk have some really good links and useful tools at the bottom of their page here.
The Mix offer essential support for those under 25 here.
Anna Freud have produced a video for young people, watch it here.
Download and print a mind map for activities here.
Download and print a timetable to structure your day here.
Download some Grounding Techniques, that may help keep you calm here.
Some of our young people reported the following apps as being helpful:
- ThinkNinja is an app designed to bring self-help knowledge and skills to children and young people (10-18 years old) who maybe experiencing increased anxiety and stress during this time.
- Stop, Breathe and Think
- Calm Harm
- Catch it
- Stay Alive
Stay at Home
Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home), if you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times and wash your hands as soon as you get home. Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.