Covid-19 / Coronavirus Resources
BACP guidance around managing anxiety - https://www.bacp.co.uk/news/news-from-bacp/2020/28-february-coronavirus-anxiety-how-to-cope-if-you-re-feeling-anxious-about-the-outbreak/
Anna Freud links - Supporting schools & colleges: A guide to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of pupils and students during periods of disruption There are also three videos, one for school staff, one for parents and one for children and young people which may be useful.
Liverpool CAMHS resource - https://wakelet.com/wake/564d7bc8-4bc9-462f-a9e1-2deb03150c3
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/
Public Health England have produced an easy read version of their Advice on the coronavirus for places of education. You can download it here: https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/sites/default/files/2020-03/V4%20Coronavirus%20advice%20for%20schools%20poster%20020302%20EDU15.0.4%20%282%29.pdf
Coping with isolation
Being isolated from our friends and family members can be really tough, however with some positive thinking we can aim to turn this difficult time into something good, we can work on ourselves. Try some of these below, some could be part of your new daily routine.
Connect with others, you could video call a friend or family member, being isolated at home does not mean we cannot connect. Perhaps aid those who do now know how to do this, you could call them or email to help set it up.
Fitness challenge, if you have a fitness tracker perhaps you could set a challenge with family and friends and see who could get the most steps within their home?
Support friends with school work, keep in touch with friends from school support each other with the work being set.
Arts and Crafts, dig out some art and craft materials either draw, paint, make or create how you feel right now in the moment. Sit with it for a while and acknowledge your feelings, your feelings are real acknowledging them is a positive step.
Meditate, there are many ways you can achieve this, there are plenty of guides online to aid you through. Find a calm, peaceful area within your home or garden and be alone with your thoughts for a few minutes. Close your eyes and ensure you focus on your breathing, slow deep breaths in and out, take note of any aches or pains within the body and the thoughts you have. Acknowledge them and let them go, imagine each fibre within the body relaxing and healing. After a few minutes, slowly open your eyes and look around, slowly get up and gently stretch out.
Useful links for student’s wellbeing and mental health
https://www.childline.org.uk/ a free confidential service to help young people under 19 with any issue they are going through. Helpline: 0800 1111
https://youngminds.org.uk/ Advice line: 0300 123 6600
https://www.talktofrank.com/ Information and advice about drugs and substance misuse. Advice line: 0300 123 6600
https://www.runawayhelpline.org.uk/ provides information, help, and support and options for young people thinking of running away or already away. Helpline: 116 000 Text service: 116 000
https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/ Support and information for anyone affected by eating disorders. Youth line: 0345 634 7650
http://www.nshn.co.uk/ an online forum providing crisis, support, information, advice and resources for people who self-harm and their family and carers.
Importance of routine for mental wellbeing
In such uncertain times it is only natural to feel anxious, afraid, confused, upset to name a few. Perhaps a roller-coaster of emotions would seem more accurate right now.
Routine may sound a bit boring whereas spontaneity could bring fun and excitement. However, routine and structure is important for wellbeing. When we know what to expect we are better prepared and don’t worry as much this brings a sense of calm. Routine gives meaning and a sense of purpose, it helps us to remain grounded and mindful.
There are many ways you could create a new routine for example;
• Wake at the same time each day
• Avoid looking at social media, news headlines for at least 30 minutes from waking up.
• Do some gentle stretches
• Eat breakfast
• If possible (and you are not self-isolating) take a short walk
• Log into SMHW and begin with work that has been set
• Take regular breaks
• Eat with family
• Make contact with your friends
• Turn off devices an hour before bed
• Go to bed at the same time each night
Routines only work if you stick to them, perhaps ask family members to help you create one that suits you and your individual needs.