It is Children’s Mental Health Week this week. Our LAPS Team are here for your child as are all of Team Gomer. Please contact us if your child is struggling at the moment and needs some pastoral support – we can arrange this. If your child had no pre-existing mental health condition prior to COVID-19, but you are worried about their general emotional wellbeing, there are several other places you can find advice:

Online support from Mind

Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. It runs an Infoline which offers information and advice on mental health; you can call on 0300 123 3393, text on 86463 or email at info@mind.org.uk.

It also has a page dedicated to coronavirus and mental health, which includes information for older children and teens who are worried about coronavirus, and advice for how you can support your teen as the pandemic continues. 

Online support from The Children’s Society

The Children’s Society works towards directly improving the lives of vulnerable children and young people and has a range of resources that could be helpful during the pandemic.

Crellin says, “Here at The Children’s Society we know that a situation like this means young people may need support in new and different ways. We have created the Covid-19 mental health and wellbeing hub on our website that has detailed information on looking after yourself at this time.”

There’s also a dedicated information and support page, which includes subjects such as dealing with loneliness.

Online support from YoungMinds

YoungMinds is one of the UK’s leading charities fighting for children and young people’s mental health. It operates a Parents Helpline on 0808 802 5544, and you can also email using this contact form.

Your child can visit its dedicated coronavirus and mental health page for advice and signposting, including information on looking after your mental health whilst self-isolating and self-care tips. YoungMinds also has a blog where your child can hear from other young people living through the pandemic. 

Online support from Emerging Minds

Emerging Minds is a research network that aims to reduce the prevalence of mental health problems in children and young people.

It has a useful advice sheet for parents and carers on supporting children and young people with worries about coronavirus. Parents and carers also have access to a webinar series in collaboration with The Mental Elf, which focuses on supporting children and young people’s mental health during the pandemic.

Online support from Childline

Childline is a free counselling service for children and young people aged 19 or under. 

Your child can call their helpline on 0800 1111 to speak to a trained counsellor, or they can use its ‘1-2-1’ chat on their website if they don’t feel as though they can talk over the phone. They can also send an email from their ‘Childline locker’, which Childline endeavours to reply to within 24 hours. They must be logged into their Childline account in order to use the 1-2-1 chat service, and email. 

Childline also offers plenty of other resources, including advice on distinguishing fake news and what to do if you’re worried about coronavirus. Your child also has access to message boards where they can find support from others, and can use a mood journal to log how they’re feeling. You can read Childline’s guidance on its message boards here.

Young people can currently speak to a counsellor online or on the phone from from 7:30am – 3:30am, seven days a week.

Online support from The Mix

The Mix is one of the UK’s leading support services for young people under 25. 

Your child can access useful wellbeing guidance on its website, including how to support others during the pandemic, and dealing with coronavirus anxiety. If you have a young person at university or living away from home, The Mix also has information tenancy rights and financial guides, to offer a little clarity during this confusing period.  

1st February 2021
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