Children’s Mental Health Week 2021 Special Update

 

Links to information about children’s mental health and wellbeing, separated in to sections about general mental health, anxiety, depression, selfcare, coronavirus, lockdown, helplines, Time to Talk Day.

 

Trigger warning – there is a section at the end which refers to suicidal thoughts!

 

This update was emailed to parents on 2nd February 2021.

 

Mental health is important every day of the year for everyone and we know that many people appreciate some  helpful information. In 2015 the charity Place2Be launched Children’s Mental Health Week, to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.  This year the theme is Express Yourself, about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts or ideas through creativity.

 

Thursday 4th February is also Time To Talk Day – a day to start conversations about mental health to help end the stigma often associated with it.

 

We have put together the following links to information about children’s mental health (and where parents and children/young people can access help and about talking about it).

 

General information:

 

Worcestershire CAMHS  (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

MindEd

You’re never too young to talk mental health   (Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families)

Kooth

Build Sound Minds    (Action For Children)

We All Have Mental Health  (Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families)

When I worry about things  (BBC)

Looking after a child or young person’s mental health   (NHS Every Mind Matters)

Raising low self-esteem  (NHS)

On my mind  (Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families)

EYFS/KS1: Feeling Better (BBC Teach)

Ollee app for children aged 8 – 11 years (ParentZone)

ThinkNinja app for ages 10 – 18 years, free during the coronavirus crisis (NHS)

 Calm Harm, award-winning app to help resist/manage the urge to self-harm

 

Anxiety:

Children and anxiety factsheet   (Anxiety UK)

Depression, anxiety and mental health  (NSPCC)

Guide to 7 ways to support children and young people who are worried  (The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families)

Taming and tending your meerkat brain, TEDx talk (Jane Evans)

Anxiety, why we’re so exhausted (all ages), (The Blurt Foundation)

 

 

Depression:

Depression, anxiety and mental health  (NSPCC)

A Parent’s guide to depression   (Charlie Waller Trust)

 

 

Selfcare:

15 self-care ideas for children   (The Blurt Foundation)

Selfcare top tips for young parents and carers  (Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families)

Selfcare for when the news is terrifying (adults)  (The Blurt Foundation)

 

 

Coronavirus:

Covid-19: Guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing  (Public Health England)

Guide for young people about coping with coronavirus , updated 11th September (The Mental Health Foundation)

Looking after children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak  (NHS Every Mind Matters)

Coronavirus and mental health  (Young Minds)

Supporting your child during the coronavirus pandemic   (Young Minds)

Five ways to support children’s mental health   (BBC Bitesize)

Coping through coronavirus: through babies’ eyes  (Mental Health Foundation)

Coronavirus support app (developed in collaboration with Student Minds)

 

You can find a post about  looking after your family’s mental health during coronavirus on our website.  Our coronavirus page also has several links to information about mental health.

 

 

Lockdown:

Supporting your teen during the coronavirus lockdown   (Internet Matters)

https://bbc.in/3iu0uwj Look after your child’s mental health in lockdown  (BBC Own It)

Managing feelings about changes to lockdown – for young people  (MIND)

Dr Radha’s five mental health tips for lockdown   (BBC Newsbeat)

Dealing with the January Blues in Lockdown   (Young Minds)

 

You can find more information useful during lockdown, including links to mental health information, on the Lockdown page of this website.

 

Helplines etc:

List of helplines & websites  (Young Minds)

The Shout Crisis Text Line is available 24/7 – text SHOUT to 85258 for any emotional/mental health crisis.

Young Minds Crisis Messenger Service  is there 24/7 for anyone up to the age of 25 experiencing a mental health crisis.

The Papyrus HopeLine is open 9am – 10pm weekdays and 2pm – 10pm weekends and bank holidays: 0800 068 4141.

The Samaritans’ number is free to call –  116 123 – or email jo@samaritans.org (there is also a self-help app available from the website).

Time to Talk Day:

 

Time to Talk Day 2021

Short animation  about conversations about mental health (2019, pre-coronavirus!)

Supporting children’s mental health, 10 conversation starters for parents  (National Online Safety)

Can’t talk, Write  (Action For Children)

Trigger warning – the following section refers to suicidal thoughts!

 

Suicidal thoughts:

There are a number of  apps which young people are using to stay safe from suicidal thoughts listed by Papyrus.

Papyrus : “Spot the signs”  information and films includes conversation starters and what to do next if you’re worried about someone.

MIND has  information about supporting someone who has suicidal thoughts.

The Blurt Foundation lists  9 things you can do for someone who’s having suicidal thoughts.

Bullying UK/Family Lives has information about bullying and suicide.

The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust has a parent’s guide to depression.

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