Mental Health and Wellbeing
This guidance brings together sources of information about the main risks children may be vulnerable to during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and signposts you to help and support available.
Feeling concerned or overwhelmed by the news around coronavirus (COVID-19) is understandable, especially for those children and young people struggling with their mental health or a physical illness. They may be worried about their own health, or someone in their family, or what impact the virus will have on life as a whole. These websites offer help and advice to support you in these challenging times.
An NHS-approved secure and confidential text messaging service for school-aged children and their families in Calderdale.
ChatHealth is brought to you by Healthy Futures Calderdale, and allows you to get in touch with a healthcare professional, at the touch of a button, for advice and support about physical health or emotional wellbeing.
Access the service: TEXT 07480 635297 (young people) or 07507 332157 (parents/carers) to start a conversation.
From 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday, we have experienced clinicians waiting to help. Messages outside this time frame will receive an automated response letting you know when you will receive a reply, and who to contact to get immediate help.
Childline has updated its Coronavirus webpage to include tips for children and young people on coping at home during lockdown.
The advice includes the top 10 tips to help children cope during lockdown and great advice for children who are feeling worried or anxious about their current situation.
Phone support available for parents/carers Monday – Friday between 10am and 4pm – starting Monday 27th April 2020
Parents/carers will be able to request a call back from a member of the Noah’s Ark Centre staff team by sending their brief details and request for a call to the following email address: email@example.com
The support available will be for parents/carers to offload their worries and concerns: a space to explore their situation a little and their thinking about their relationships with and support of their children and young people. We will listen, support, offer advice where we can and signpost to other services where appropriate. The calls will be kept confidential with the usual exception of significant safeguarding concerns which we will need to refer on to appropriate safeguarding teams and services if these were to arise. Our staff responding to requests for support are all experienced and trained in emotionally supporting children, young people and adults and all have experience of working in schools. Some staff have particular training and experience working with families and/or with children with special needs, learning difficulties, or who are on the Autistic Spectrum.
A section has been created on Open Minds, Calderdale’s emotional health and wellbeing website where children, young people, parents, carers, family members, school staff and colleagues can find tips, support, advice and information about looking after yourself in these uncertain times. Please share this link widely with children, young people, families and colleagues.