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Well being Advice for Parents/Carers

We understand that, during this time of uncertainty, your child may be feeling anxious and worried about the world around them. Here are some resources for parents and carers to help you to support the well being of your children, as well as your own. 

 Here is a booklet which contains useful advice about how to speak to your children,  practical steps you can take to support them and activities you might like to try. 

 Emerging Minds: Covid 19 Advice for Parents/Carers 

 Here is a range of free podcasts for parents and carers to listen to. These podcasts have been produced by Emerging Minds and range from topics such as 'teen sleep' to 'supporting children who self harm'. 

Emerging Minds: Podcasts

Mental Health and Wellbeing
If your child tells you they are struggling with their mental health or if you suspect this, you
should always contact your GP for support and advice.


NHS Mental Health Services
https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/mental-health-services/how-to-access-mental-health-services/ 

Services from other organisations are available by website or phone/text
Supporting Parents Helpfinder (Young Minds)
Times are tough for many people right now. Parents find themselves pulled in many different direction and children may be struggling being in the house for so much longer than usual. A mixture of concern about covid, work from home and children at home, along with a possible financial impact make for a stressful household. Young Minds have created a useful Supporting Parents Helpfinder. By answering six questions, parents can find out how to support their child's mental health during the pandemic (and beyond). Find the help finder here: https://youngminds.org.uk/supporting-parents-helpfinder/


When emotions explode (Young Minds)
Young Minds have also created a useful poster highlighting ways to give support to children when they have angry feelings or outbursts and may help families start a conversation and talk about each other’s feelings.
Download the poster here:
https://youngminds.org.uk/media/4291/when-emotions-explode-poster.pdf

Kooth - online emotional and mental health support ages 11-18
https://www.kooth.com/ 
https://kooth.com/urgent-support for a crisis service

Samaritans
116 123
jo@samaritans.org

Barnardos
Family support with lockdown and Covid 19 stresses
https://www.barnardos.org.uk/c19

Barnardos Boloh – Helpline and webchat for 11+ for Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority children and young people
0800 1512605
https://helpline.barnardos.org.uk/

Shout – for anyone in crisis at anytime
Text 85258

Mood Swings

MoodSwings  36 New Mount St, Manchester M4 4DE. Helpline staffed from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday - 0161 832 37 36. Online and Skype support - contact them
on info@moodswings.org.uk  or https://www.facebook.com/Moodswings-289363603529/ 

Anna Freud Centre resources
For adoptive parents, special guardians and foster parents
https://www.annafreud.org/parents-and-carers/adoptive-parents-special-guardians-and-foster-carers/  

For parents and carers
https://www.annafreud.org/parents-and-carers/resources/

Youth Wellbeing Directory – find the right service for your need by location, service name or keyword
https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/youth-wellbeing/find-a-service-near-you/ 
Apps with self help strategies reviewed by Anna Freud Centre, including self-harm reduction strategies
https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/self-care/apps-delivering-self-help-strategies/ 

Safeguarding
Childline – online and on the phone
https://www.childline.org.uk/kids/ 
0800 1111

Report online abuse
https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre