Government have published guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This advice is to help adults with caring responsibilities look after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people, including those with additional needs and disabilities, during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
There is also guidance from Government about looking after your own mental health: (opens new window) Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19) from GOV.UK (opens in a new window)
Mental health resources
Psychological First Aid training
On Monday 22 February, Public Health England (PHE) launched a new online Psychological First Aid (PFA) training course on how to provide practical and emotional support to children and young people affected by coronavirus, or other emergencies or crisis situations.
The course will equip those completing the training to better identify children that are in distress and provide support to help them feel safe, connected and able to take steps to help themselves.
Prior knowledge or experience is not required as this introductory course will teach you the key principles of giving PFA to children and young people in crisis situations.
The course is free and available for anyone who cares for or is regularly in contact with children and young people aged up to 25, including parents and caregivers.
It takes about three hours to complete (split into three sessions that the learner can complete at their own pace) and no previous qualifications are required.
On completion, participants will have an understanding of what Psychological First Aid is, be able to identify who would benefit from support and how best to give help across the different age groups and also for those who might need extra support because of different needs.
Following on from Children’s Mental Health Week, the DfE have posted on their blog some useful links and sources of support so that children, parents, carers, and school and college staff can get the advice and help they need.
Public Health England have launched a new Every Mind Matters campaign.
Most families have experienced upheaval in their daily lives during the pandemic. With children and young people now back at school or college, the new Public Health England (PHE) Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign provides NHS-endorsed tips and advice to help children and young people’s mental wellbeing, and equip parents and carers with the knowledge to support them.
The new advice available on the Every Mind Matters website has been developed in partnership with leading children and young people’s mental health charities, including Young Minds, The Mix, Place2Be and The Anna Freud Centre.
It is designed to help parents and carers spot the signs that children may be struggling with their mental health and support them, and provides advice that can help maintain good mental wellbeing. The site also gives tools to help young people build resilience and equips them to look after their mental wellbeing.
You can find out more at NHS Every Mind Matters (opens in a new window)
You can find other useful information and advice from Worcestershire’s Starting Well Service.
Resources to support mental health
Action for Children website: Mental Health resources and information (opens in a new window)
Anna Freud Centre website (opens in a new window) has advice for young people and parents and carers
Caring for Kids website: Your Child's Mental Health (opens in a new window)
Centre for mental health website: Fact sheet: Children and young people's mental health (opens in a new window)
Every Mind Matters website (opens in a new window) includes a section for parents and carers on looking after children and young people during the outbreak.
The Children's Society website: Young people's mental health (opens in a new window)
The Starline parent helpline website (opens in a new window) is for home learning which also includes a section on children and young people with SEND
Mental Health Foundation website: Children and young people (opens in a new window)
Place 2 Be website (opens in a new window) on improving children’s mental health
Royal college of Psychiatrists website: Information for young people, parents and carers, about young people's mental health (opens in a new window)
Teen Mental Health website: Mental disorders (opens in a new window)
National Istitute of Mental Health website: Children and Mental Health (opens in a new window)
Website: Virtual School for children placed in care and previously looked after
World Health Organisation website: Adolescent mental health (opens in a new window)