Please see below for useful information, advice and resources to support better mental health and wellbeing during this challenging time.
To help yourself stay well while you’re at home:
- stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media
- try to keep yourself busy – you could try activities like cooking, reading, online learning and watching films
- do light exercise at home, or outside once a day – strength and flex exercises you can do at home
Children and young people’s primary mental health
Keeping you and your child’s physical and mental health well over the coming weeks is so important to help manage the COVID-19 virus. We hope that you are following the public health guidelines as they update regularly to best manage your health and take care of you and your family.
Alongside the COVID-19 government guidelines and restrictions, we acknowledge that this may have an impact upon your child’s emotional wellbeing and that access to support and everyday things that keep us well may be restricted. We therefore felt it important to signpost you to simple strategies, useful helplines and digital resources that maybe useful at this moment. Please read the below and we hope you keep you and your family well.
The five ways to wellbeing are key principles to keeping ourselves well; connect, be active, take notice, learn and give – the simple concepts are key to keeping us emotionally healthy in everyday life.
Given the current circumstances and restrictions COVID-19 places upon us, as parents/caregivers we are recommending that you consider and follow the five ways to wellbeing at home and for you to be creative with the resources you have to meet them in your family home.
It is important to stay connected to friends and family whilst the “physical” social distancing is recommended; to tackle this we can use social media, FaceTime, text, group chats, WhatsApp etc… every day all day!
Activity and exercise is key to feeling good so go for a walk, jog, cycle, dance, put the music on, make some exercises up around the home, play games, do some gardening, bake, cook, interact as a family together and have fun.
Take notice of your feelings and thoughts and practice some mindfulness strategies at home to help you manage and relax – see resources below for help on this.
Stimulate the mind, create opportunities to learn new things, read a book, learn how to sew, stitch, a new game, access on line learning resources, complete school work, revision, work books.
Give yourself personal space and time to look after yourself – ensure you eat a healthy diet, exercise, stick to some routine and sleep well. Give your patience, time, smile and be kind.
Remember children learn and observe adults behaviours and emotions for cues on how to manage their own emotions during difficult times! TEAM – Together Everyone Achieves More!
You can contact the below numbers if you have concerns over your child’s mental health
CAMHS – children’s mental health services available for telephone support and face to face if required
- Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
- Fylde and Wyre 01253 957166
- Blackpool 01253 957160
CASHER – out of hours children’s mental health support team available for telephone support and face to face if required
- Telephone 07810 696 565
- Monday – Friday 5pm – 10pm
- Saturday and Sunday 10am – 8pm
Samaritans – 116 123
Hopeline UK – suicide prevention helpline for children – 0800 068 4141 text 07860039967
Childline – 0800 1111
Youngminds – crisis messenger – if urgent text YM to 85258
Online counselling service for children aged age 11-16 years old. Children can also access education and general advice on mental health.
Children and parents can access education, advice and support on mental health issues at the below websites:
- Headspace – meditation app
- Calm – mediation and sleep app
- 7 cups – anxiety and stress chat
- Smiling mind – meditation app
Big White Wall
Anyone who is aged 16 or over, and who is experiencing emotional or psychological distress can visit www.bigwhitewall.com, which is free to people in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.
The Big White Wall is an online early intervention service for people in psychological distress. It combines social networking principles with a choice of clinically informed interventions to improve mental wellbeing.
The Big White Wall provides an environment in which members feel safe and supported while remaining anonymous. It can be accessed 24/7 and has staff (Wall Guides) who ensure the full engagement, safety and anonymity of all members.
Anyone can contact the Big White Wall with any issue that is causing them emotional or psychological distress. This can include anxiety, stress, feeling low and depressed, feeling out of control and trauma; all of which may be triggered by life events such as the loss of a loved one, relationship breakdowns, employment-related issues, financial crisis, sexuality, isolation, or alcohol- or drug-related problems.
Big White Wall offers a range of help, including:
- Talk therapy in community, groups and on a one-to-one basis
- Guided groups informed by recognised therapies such as cognitive behaviour and interpersonal therapies
- Extensive Useful Stuff section on the website to help people self-manage psychological distress
- Networking based on peer support, including the ability to make friends and follow their moods and activities
- Highly creative self-expression – for example, members use powerful images, drawings and words to make vibrant and expressive ‘bricks’ that are posted to the wall where they can choose to share and discuss the underlying ‘story’ of their pictures and words