Mental Health and Wellbeing
What’s it all about?
When we think about healthy living, we tend to focus on looking after our bodies – our physical wellbeing – through food, being active and getting enough sleep. However, in order to be healthy overall, it is important that we look after our minds – our mental wellbeing – too. Our bodies and minds are actually very closely linked, so things that we do to improve our physical wellbeing can help our mental wellbeing as well. When we take steps to be Healthy: Inside and Out, it helps us to feel better in ourselves, focus on what we want to do and deal with difficult times.
As parents, you play a very important role in your child’s health. Here are a few simple ways you can encourage them to look after their body and mind:
- Chat with your child about what you do to look after your body and mind, from walking the dog to turning your phone off before bed. Sharing the steps you have taken to stay healthy can also set a good example for them to follow.
- Praise your child and other family members for what they do to look after their body and mind – even if it is small. If your child sees healthy living in a positive light, they are more likely to carry on doing these things throughout life.
- Remind them that there is no such thing as a perfect body or mind – and no one is perfectly healthy! Your child might be tempted to compare themselves to other children, especially on social media, but it is important to remember that everyone’s bodies and minds are different – and that is something to celebrate.
- Do something regularly with your child to be Healthy: Inside and Out. Family life can be very busy and stressful at times. Cooking a meal, sitting down for a family dinner, or going for a walk together can be a great way to stay connected and have fun
Please do not forget, if you are worried about your child, you can talk to your GP or you can contact us at school for advice. You can also find a list of organisations that provide support and advice for parents on the website place2be.org
You may also find these YouTube videos useful
How the food you eat affects your brain - Mia Nacamulli
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How playing sports benefits your body ... and your brain - Leah Lagos and Jaspal Ricky Singh
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Health and Wellbeing - Contacts and Details
Mental Health and Self-care for Young People
It's fair to say 2020 was not exactly easy, and many are feeling uncertain or anxious about the future. But there's loads of things we can all do to look after our mental wellbeing. Taking any time you can for self-care is massively important, especially now.
Knowing what steps we can take to support our mental wellbeing can help us feel better, sleep better and have better relationships with the people around us – and that goes not just for today but for the future too.
Please check out these NHS videos for all sorts of tips on exercise, sleep and how to take care of yourself on social media. You will also find links to help for groups of people who may be finding things particularly tough, or have additional needs, and support with some of the issues you may be facing.
Parent and Students Experiencing Anxiety Due to COVID-19
There is lots of information and support available for our children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Lancashire and South Cumbria Healthy Young Minds website
- A topic page for COVID-19 has been created specifically aimed at children and young people on the Lancashire and South Cumbria Healthy Young Minds website: https://www.healthyyoungmindslsc.co.uk/information/children-and-young-people/coronavirus
- Although the parents/carers/families webpages are still going through the engagement and content drafting process, they have added some resources about COVID-19, aimed at them too: https://www.healthyyoungmindslsc.co.uk/information/family-and-carers
- Young Minds (@YoungMindsUK on Twitter) have posted a number of blogs etc including ‘what to do if you’re anxious about coronavirus’ and ‘looking after your mental health whilst self-isolating.
PAPYRUS is the UK Charity for the prevention of young suicide.
For the PAPYRUS HOPELINEUK call 0800 068 4141 (open 10am-10pm weekdays, 2pm-10pm weekends and bank holidays)
Click HERE for access to their website
Kooth.com – Online Support For Young People
Kooth is a web based confidential support service available to young people. Kooth provides a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support designed specifically for young people.
Kooth offers young people the opportunity to have a text-based conversation with a qualified counsellor. Counsellors are available from 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop-in basis. Young people can access regular booked online counselling sessions as needed. Outside counselling hours’ young people can message our team and get support by the next day.
When students register with Kooth they will have support available to them now and in the future. Support can be gained not only through counselling but articles, forums and discussion boards.
All content is age appropriate, clinically approved and fully moderated.
To find out more visit Kooth.com where young people can register and others can find out more about the service.
You can also view a short video about the service at: https://vimeo.com/318731977/a9f32c87de.
Kooth Information Sheets
CAMHS support to children, young people and families
Telephone 01695 684262 between 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday-Friday Weekends 10:00am – 6:00pm
We want to keep you and your families as safe as possible.
If you or a member of your household have a high temperature, a sudden cough, or any other symptoms, look on the NHS 111 website to check whether these might be Coronavirus and self-isolate in line with government guidelines.
Appointments now will be by telephone or Skype.
Children, young people and their parents or carers, would be seen in the clinic ONLY if it is seen as urgent. Please call and discuss this with the person your appointment is with if you are concerned.
CAMHS Prescription Requests
Please try giving us 7 working days for repeat prescriptions Note we are still giving only maximum 30 day prescriptions .
We can assure you plans are being made to ensure repeat prescription of medications can be continued, do keep yourself updated through national/local news/media
If you are worried about your own, or someone else’s safety, or if your mental health is making you unwell, please phone us on the number above or ring one of the contact numbers below:
Childline: 0800 1111
Wellbeing Mental Health Helpline: 0800 915 4640 Samaritans: 116 123
Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247
Young Minds: Text YM to 85258 for urgent support 24 a day
Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust