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School Closure Support

 

Schools have closed, events have been cancelled and a large number of families and loved ones are currently in isolation. Therefore, it is understandable that you as parents/carers and well as your children are anxious about the virus and the impact it can have on you.

How can you support your child, and yourself with these concerns? We have pulled some tips, advise and some helpful resources to help you put it all in to context.

 

Dealing with your own worries

  • It is just as important that you look after your own mental health and well-being as it is your childs. We all want to stay informed with updates on the news but limit what you watch as watching upsetting videos or reading constant social media coverage may impact on your own well being.
  • Stick to reputable sources for updated guidance. Don’t believe everything you read on social media!

Talk to your child

  • Don’t be afraid to have conversations with your child about coronavirus - not talking about something can sometimes make children worry more. Other children will be talking about it at school, they may have heard it on the news or seen someone wearing a face mask, and they might have questions for you. 
  • Remember that you don’t need to have all of the facts and answers. There are lots of resources out there for you to read together, or for you to direct your child to, to help ease their worries. 

Take precautions to protect yourself

  • If you, or your child, are worried about catching coronavirus; take precautions to protect yourself. Be aware of the symptoms and follow NHS guidance for symptoms.
  • STAY AT HOME! The best advice we can give is limit your social interactions .Please avoid play dates and group walks. If you need to go shopping keep your social distance and avoid taking your child or children with you.
  • WASH YOUR HANDS! We’ve all heard all the different songs you can sing for 20 seconds, why not create your own? Whatever helps you to help your children to remember the importance of washing their hands and spreading germs.

 

Useful Resources

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51734855 - How to talk to children about Coronavirus

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus?t=1584885338638- Just for Kids. A short comic for children to understand what is happening.

https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/ - Anna Freud Centre video advice for parents and resources

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga - A fab channel for children to participate in yoga and mindfulness which they can do in small spaces. Yoga and mindfulness is a great way to help reduce anxieties in children and improve mental health plus parents and cares can join in too!

 

To help students, parents and carers through this difficult and unprecedented time, the following organisations, which have been recommended by Nottinghamshire NHS Trust, are available to those who need advice and support.

 

Parent Line

Healthy Family Teams confidential texting service to provide parents and carers advice around feeding, child development, parenting advice and support, emotional health and wellbeing, behaviour difficulties and family health.

Contact: 07520 619919

ChatHealth

A confidential texting service for 11 to 19 year olds in Nottinghamshire NHS Healthcare Trust.

Contact: 07507 329952

Childline

Get help and advice on a wide range of issues, and talk to a counsellor in confidence.

Contact: 0800 1111 or www.childline.org.uk

Kooth

Online provider of mental health services for children, young people and adults, including a counselling service.

Contact: www.kooth.com

Health4teens

An NHS site supporting young people around emotional wellbeing.

Contact: www.health4teens.co.uk

Health4kids

An NHS site supporting children and parents.

Contact: www.health4kids.co.uk

Notts Help Yourself

A site for advice, information and local services available.

Contact: www.nottshelpyourself.org.uk

CAMHS Crisis Team

Support for those experiencing a mental health crisis.

Contact: 0115 854 2299 or 0115 844 0560

Email: CAMHScrisisteam@nottshc.nhs.uk

Young Minds

UK charity supporting the mental health of children and young people.

Contact: www.youngminds.org.uk

 

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