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Sussex E-Wellbeing

 

E-Wellbeing – a website to support children and young people with their mental health across Sussex has just launched.  

https://e-wellbeing.co.uk/

   
We all experience low points at times in our lives, and it's not unusual to feel sad, anxious, stressed or low in mood.
e-wellbeing is a digital wellbeing service for young people run by YMCA DownsLink Group. Their aim is for all young people to be able to access the right support and information around their emotional health and wellbeing, in the right place at a time that is right for them.
The website provides self-help information, handy toolkits and a directory of local services and Covid19 advice.

 
 
 

Information on coronavirus for children

 

 
The BBC Newsround site has a comprehensive section on coronavirus with text and video guidance focusing on tips if a child is worried, how to wash your hands, and what self-isolation means.

   
 
Covibook – Supporting children and families around the world – Available in 18 different languages https://www.mindheart.co/descargables 
    

Hello I’m a virus explains with words and drawings about Coronavirus and how it spreads. click here to read.

 
 
 

Food Banks

 

Find a food bank

A food bank is a charity that provides food to people who have difficulty buying enough. All food banks operate in slightly different ways. For instance some will provide a home delivery service for people living in rural areas and those who are unable to get to a food bank. Contact your local food bank to find out how to use it.

https://www.kent.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/care-and-support/benefits/home-essentials-in-a-crisis/find-a-foodbank 

 

Information for Parents

 

Place2Be – Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing: https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-andblogs/2020/march/coronavirus-information-for-children/

   
Young Minds - Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-childabout-coronavirus/

Ten tips from our Parents Helpline

  1. Try not to shield your child from the news, as it’s likely they will find out somehow from school, being online or from friends.
  2. Talk to your child about what is going on. you could start by asking them what they have heard.
  3. Try to answer their questions and reassure them in an age appropriate manner. Remember, you do not need to know all the answers, but talking can help them feel calm.
  4. Reassure your child that it is unlikely they will get seriously ill, and if they do you feel ill you will look after them. Your child might be concerned about who will look after you if you catch the virus. Let them know the kind of support you have as an adult so that they don’t feel they need to worry about you.
  5.  Give some practical tips to your child about how they can look after themselves. For example, show them how to wash their hands properly, and remind them when they should be doing it.
  6. Keep as many regular routines as possible, so that your child feels safe and that things are stable.
  7. Spend time doing a positive activity with your child (e.g. reading, playing, painting, cooking) to help reassure them and reduce their anxiety. This is also a great way of providing a space for them to talk through their concerns, without having a ‘big chat’. For activities ideas, visit our starting a conversation with your child guide. 
  8. Encourage your child to think about the things they can do to make them feel safer and less worried.
  9. Be aware that your child may want more close contact with you at this time and feel anxious about separation. Try to provide this support whenever possible.
  10. Remember to look after yourself too. If you yourself are feeling worried, or anxious about coronavirus, talk to someone you trust who can listen and support you.
 

Special Education Needs and Disability

 

National Autistic Society

The NAS have collected a series of useful resources that autistic people and their families can use during this time of changes: 

https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/coronavirus/resources/helpful-resources.aspx 

Guidance and helpline for parents’, young people and staff: 

The Department of Education have setup a dedicated helpline to answer questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19) related to education.

Parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

https://www.autism.org.uk/services/nasschools/vanguard/news/2020/march/coronavirus-(covid-19)-advice.aspx

   
Mencap - Easy Read guide to Coronavirus: https://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/202003/Information%20about%20Coronavirus%20ER%20SS2.pdf

   
The Autism Education – A social story A social story about coronavirus that has a good level of specificity about the effects of social distancing e.g. not being able to go to favourite places. https://theautismeducator.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/The-Corona-Virus-Free-Printable-Updated-2-The-Autism-Educator-.pdf

   
CarersUK - Guidance for carers: https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/health/lookingafter-your-health/coronavirus-covid-19

If you have received an NHS letter or are caring for someone who has, you can register for further support here  www.gov.uk/cornonavirus-extremely-vulnerable or call 0800 028 8327 , the government’s new dedicated helpline.

      

Public Health England have produced an easy read version of their Advice on the coronavirus for places of education.  You can download it here.
Information for those struggling with OCD https://www.ocduk.org/ocd-and-coronavirus-survival-tips/ 
  
General information for young people about managing their mental health https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/
    
Information for those with sensory difficulties who struggle with handwashing https://www.sensoryintegration.org.uk/News/8821506