Mental Health and Wellbeing

A message from your Safeguarding Team, School Counsellors and Thrive Practitioners

We know that during these challenging times you may be finding life especially hard. Due to the current government guidelines and NHS advice, all of our face to face support has been put on hold and replaced with contact via phone or email. We are already missing you all greatly and regularly think about how you are getting on. We know that everyone will need help more than ever before and so we have put together some useful links for you.

We know that the school is in regular contact with you and/or your parents/carers, however we would like you to know that you can still contact us directly if you feel you would like some personal specialist support.

Our email address for this is help@tqacademy.co.uk and one of the team will get back to you.

 


Your wellbeing poster

 

Supporting children and young people with worries about COVID-19

https://emergingminds.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/COVID19_advice-for-parents-and-carers_20.3_.pdf

Resources Handout CAMHS

 

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Supporting parents and carer’s video – the Anna Freud Centre 

This video provides guidance to parents and carers about how they can support themselves and their children during any disruption caused by the coronavirus.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnANLAcpRZ4&feature=youtu.be

 

Self-care strategies – the Anna Freud Centre 

A selection of self-care strategies that have been developed by young people to help manage their own wellbeing. During a time when access to regular appointments may be disrupted or anxiety might be heightened, it might be helpful to try one or some of these strategies.

https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/self-care/

 

Helpful information to answer children questions about coronavirus – Place2Be https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-information-for-children/

 

Talking to your child about the coronavirus – YoungMinds https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/

 

Coronavirus and your wellbeing – Mind https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/#collapse842d2

 

Worries about the world – Childline advice page

This page includes information on what concerns a child might currently have, for example about the coronavirus, and some things to try to address these worries. https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/anxiety-stress-panic/worries-about-the-world/#coronavirus

 

Mood journal – Childine

Children can sign up to Childline’s “locker” and track their daily mood in the mood journal. This might be a helpful way for children to balance their mood during a period of uncertainty. https://www.childline.org.uk/login/?returnPath=%2flocker%2f#journal

 

Calm zone – Childine

A toolbox of activities such as breathing exercises, coping videos, yoga videos and games that can help children feel calm in a period of disruption. https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/

 

Understanding anxiety illustration – Priory Group https://www.priorygroup.com/media/594863/understanding-childhood-anxiety-v1.jpg

 

Coronavirus comic strip – NPR

A comic strip to help children understand what the coronavirus is and respond to some common questions and worries they may have. https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus?t=1584358951699&t=1584454700885&t=1584976069329

 

Tips for if you’re worried about the coronavirus – Newsround video https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51887051

 

How to cope when you can’t go to school because of the coronavirus – Newsround video https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51656718

 

A short book (PDF) that has been used successfully in school to support and reassure children and young people, regarding the COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation.

https://660919d3-b85b-43c3-a3ad-3de6a9d37099.filesusr.com/ugd/64c685_319c5acf38d34604b537ac9fae37fc80.pdf

 

Torbay council advice and resources for schools:

https://www.torbay.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing/public-health/coronavirus/useful-links-and-resources/
How to have difficult conversations with children- advice from the NSPCC Caspar update:

https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/safeguarding-child-protection/how-to-have-difficult-conversations-with-children/

 

Helpful Apps recommended by the NHS

BlueIce

This app helps young people manage their emotions and reduce urges to self-harm

 

Calm Harm

Reduce urges to self-harm and manage emotions in a more positive way

 

Catch It

Learn to manage negative thoughts and look at problems differently

 

Chill Panda

Being tested in the NHS

Use breathing techniques to help you relax more, worry less and feel better

 

Thrive

Use games to track your mood and teach yourself methods to take control of stress and anxiety

 

Reasons2

A free app designed by young people and Washington Mind to improve mental health. It helps the young person to manage mental wellness by finding reasons to feel better, it contains resources to support mental wellbeing and what to do in a crisis.

It can be downloaded on the Apple Store

https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/reasons2/id1292632673

Or on Google play

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.imagine.reasons2&hl=en_GB 

 

Think Ninja

The Think Ninja app has been updated in response to the COVID 19 crisis. It helps bring self-knowledge and skills to young people (10-18 years old) who may be experiencing increased anxiety and stress during the crisis. It addresses fears relating to the virus, problems caused by isolation, worries about personal health, as well as many other coping techniques. Think ninja used to only be available as part of a school programme or from the NHS, but is now freely available.

It can be downloaded from the App Store here:

https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/thinkninja/id1425884328

Or from Google Play here;

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thinkninja 

 

Mood tools

A free app that helps young people or adults deal with sadness and depression. It contains information about what depression is, tests, guided meditations, soothing sounds and links to TED talks as well as a list of activities.

It can be downloaded on the Apple Store:

https://apps.apple.com/app/id1012822112 

Or Google Play

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.moodtools.moodtools 

 

TOOL KIT

Toolkit

 

HELPLINES     

YoungMinds – text the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger for free 24/7 support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis.

If you need urgent help text YM to 85258

All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors

Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.

 

Mental Health Matters - The Moorings @ Devon

Are you feeling distressed, frightened, overwhelmed, or that things are too much for you?  Don;t know where to turn to get metal health support?  Are your usual sources of support closed for the night?

The Moorings @ Devon offers out-of-hours mental health support to anyone aged 16+ in the Devon area, from three locations in Barnstaple, Exeter, and Torquay.

Address: Croft Hall Medical Practice, 19 Croft Rd, Torquay TQ2 5UA

Open 6pm-midnight every day (including weekends and bank holidays).

Call The Mooring on 
07483 991 848  

Email 
devontorquay.mhm@nhs.net

 

SHOUT – text ‘Shout’ to 85258 for 24/7 crisis text support

 

Childline – under 19s can call 0800 1111 for free, confidential support