Mental Health and Well-Being Support
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has launched a new telephone based support line for local people who are experiencing increased distress or anxiety during the Coronavirus pandemic.The service also intends to support people who are experiencing a reduction in their usual mental health care services, and their carers, as a result of changes that have been made to support the pandemic.
The support line will initially be available 9am- midnight every day on: 0300 790 0596
Please find more information on the website: https://www.derbyshirehealthcareft.nhs.uk/getting-help/coronavirus-covid-19/mental-health-support-line
- Mental Health Assemblies: If we had been in school, we would have been working on the rest of our A-Z of mental health with the children. This might be a good activity to do for the whole family, coming up with your own A-Z. Here is the “A-Z of Positive Mental Health Poster” that we were basing the assemblies on;
- Coping Calendar: The schools have been using calendars from a company that design them around different topics. The “Coping Calendar” might be quite a useful version at the moment;
- Self-Care and Support Resources: Self-Care for young people: https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/self-care/, Support for Parents: https://annafreud.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=aa2c9f8b722440e7e05bedb82&id=12ffbbb354&e=6e6c6034af, Support for Children and Young People: https://annafreud.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=aa2c9f8b722440e7e05bedb82&id=bfeb6149a3&e=6e6c6034af;
- School Nurses: Here is a “Derbyshire School Nurses Info Sheet” with various pieces of information and contact details;
- Action for Children: Here is a “Well-Being Booklet” which might be useful and has been highly recommended;
- Activities: This “Group Activities Primary” is from some resources about “Find Your Brave” that were produced during Mental Health week – it might give you some ideas about good activities if your child (or you) are anxious about the current situation. There is also a “Resource List” with more things linked to this topic and a “Top Tips Primary” information sheet;
- World Health Organisation (WHO): There are loads of great resources on the WHO website, with lots of factual and informative posters that you might find useful. Click for a link to the WHO “Helping Children Cope with Stress” information sheet;
- Apps: There are many, many apps available on all platforms promoting mental health, well-being and mindfulness. From the recent Mental Health First-Aid training school attended, three that were recommended were “Calm”, “Headspace” and “Hub of Hope” – these may be more for adults, but that’s just as important at the moment;
- Safeguarding Online: With the increased amount of time children are likely to be online, including for learning, Derbyshire police have produced some information about staying safe: https://www.derbyshire.police.uk/news/derbyshire/news/news/forcewide/2020/march/advice-on-how-to-keep-youngsters-safe-online/; Traci Good, a Derbyshire approved e-safety trainer is also offering YouTube tutorials for parents: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhLWwQ4Ay5s
- News/Social Media: It was really clear in school that the weekend before the schools closed produced a huge upsurge in anxiety amongst our families. Some of this will have been the increase in the seriousness of the situation, but it was also a result of people having more time to focus on the constant streams of news and social media that are available. For both you and your children, try to limit the amount of news you watch and be extremely cautious around social media, particularly with the amount of ‘fake news’ stories that are circulating. We recommend BBC Newsround as a good resource for children (and grown-ups) to stay up to date, but in a controlled way that is calm and factual.