Children’s Mental Health week – 1-7 February
01 February 2021
Children's Mental Health week - 1-7 February 2021
There are times when we all feel the strain. As parents and carers, there are ways we can support children and young people to give them the best chance to stay mentally healthy.
Some children and young people have enjoyed being off school, while others will have really struggled – with the coronavirus outbreak keeping them at home and away from friends. Others may be coming to terms with family problems, loss or changes to their living situation.
With nationwide and local restrictions being regularly reviewed, they may also have to deal with self-isolating because of an outbreak in school or another period of school closure, or have worries about getting or passing on the virus. It's still uncertain what further changes we all may face.
Feelings like these will gradually ease for most, but there are always steps you can take to support them emotionally and help them cope with problems they face.
There's support available if you feel you or they need it. For information including top tips on how to support children and young people visit: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/childrens-mental-health
Don’t do it alone campaign
Kooth.com is a free, safe and anonymous online wellbeing service for children and young people, commissioned by the NHS, Local Authorities, charities and businesses. Young people using the site can access a range of support services including one to one counselling sessions, discussing issues with your peers through online discussion boards, reading and contributing to self-help content and recording your feeling via journals and goal trackers. The online nature of Kooth means that you can access help in a way that is suitable for you, at a time that is convenient for you, 365 days of the year.
Kooth have teamed up with some of the biggest stars on social media for the ‘Don’t do it alone’ campaign, designed to encourage open conversations around mental health so children and young people know they are not alone with their struggles. Social media influencers Chunkz, Amelia Dimoldenberg, Jax Jones, Joy Crookes and Riyadh Khalaf have shown us there are some things that should be done alone, but dealing with our mental wellbeing isn't one of them. #Kooth is here to support you with whatever you're going through, no matter how big or small it feels.
Don’t do it alone campaign video https://youtu.be/PEShtD0vTzc
For more information about Kooth.com visit: https://www.kooth.com/
Supporting Children’s Mental Health Week with the launch of a new text messaging service for young people
To mark #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek and to support young people to manage their mental wellbeing, the 0-19 Health and Wellbeing Service in Wirral is proud to launch ChatHealth, a new text messaging service for 11-19 year olds.
Young people across Wirral will be able to find confidential advice and support from their local school nursing service on a range of health and wellbeing issues, including anxiety, bullying, relationships and emotional health, by text.
This new service, a winner of the NHS Innovation Challenge Award, can provide advice, information and guidance, and signpost to other services if needed. It does not replace face-to-face services, but particularly under the current restrictions due to COVID-19 it will make it easier and safer to get in touch with a school nurse confidentially and anonymously. It also offers a way to get in touch for those who feel reluctant to talk about difficult or sensitive issues.
Lindsey Costello, Service Manager for the 0-19+ Health and Wellbeing Service, said: "We are proud to have launched our new text messaging service during these difficult and challenging times. ChatHealth is a quick and easy way for our young people to access a variety of support and information on issues which can impact their physical and mental wellbeing. With a large number of young people home-schooling our school nurses are on hand to provide confidential support via text.”
ChatHealth is currently available between 9am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday (including school holidays and excluding bank holidays) and can be accessed by texting 07480635538. Anyone sending a text outside these hours will receive an automated message with advice on where to get help if they require it urgently. When the service reopens the sender will then receive a reply to the message.
The service has also launched a dedicated children and young people’s website. With the click of a button, parents, carers and young people can access a range of local and tailored support, information and advice, including videos, resources - ranging from baby packs to fussy eating to puberty support and vaccination schedules, as well accessing local online support groups. To search for a particular service people can either use the simple A-Z service directory or the search function and young people can complete an online feedback form about their experiences about the services they’ve received.
So, if you’re a parent, carer or young person looking for support and information visit www.wchc.nhs.uk/children
What to do if you need urgent mental health help:
- Please call 0800 145 6485 where dedicated local NHS staff will support you to access the help you need;
- The helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is open to people of all ages – including children and young people;
For further information and advice about mental health support for children and young people visit https://www.mymind.org.uk/about-mymind/young-people/