As we continue to work from home and follow Government guidelines, we recognise that it’s just as important that you look after your own mental health and wellbeing. Remember, we are always here for you if you need support. Click here for the full list of staff emails.
Bored or feeling low? Here are some simple yet positive things you can do that will keep you occupied.
Calm your Mood
Free meditation soundtracks https://www.calm.com/blog/take-a-deep-breath
Free meditation soundtracks https://www.headspace.com/covid-19
There are also a whole range of local and national organisations who can help you.
Just Drop In: www.justdropin.co.uk– They give useful tips for coping with isolation
NHS mental Health Crisis line: 0300 303 3972 – open 7 days a week 24 hrs a day http://www.cwp.nhs.uk/news-and-blogs/news/new-helpline-goes-live-to-support-people-s-mental-health/
School nurse: 0300 123 0755 lines are open from 08.30- 16.30
Tony Togneri, minister of St George Street Church, is continuing to work closely with the Academy and can be contacted on 07595 728739
At this time it is important that we look after each other, and kindness is an act which supports wellbeing. Cheshire East Council provide up to date information about support for mental health during this time, please visit http://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/mentalhealthinfopoint
Visyon is a charity that supports the emotional health of children and young people and their families. They are still open and offering telephone services, along with a range of online activities. You can call them on 01260 290000 or visit their website at www.visyon.org.uk
Young Minds: https://youngminds.org.uk A good website for anxiety and depression.
Talking to your child about corona virus and 10 tips for parents:
Kooth.com: https://www.kooth.com – a free safe anonymous support for young people
Are you a Carer?
Are you currently caring for a family member, partner or friend who needs help?
Many unpaid carers may not see themselves as needing services and many may feel that they are simply carrying out ordinary responsibilities as part of a family, yet the key role they play will see increased pressures due to the impact of COVID 19, particularly if they become ill or need to self-isolate
Whatever your situation, if you’re providing support to someone that isn’t part of paid or voluntary work, Cheshire East Council can provide support to ensure that people of all ages recognise themselves as carers and get the help available to them.
Support will include:
information, and advice to help carers and support them in caring role
Signposting to relevant teams and support services where further ongoing support is required
The service also offers ‘take a break’ for any carer that needs to take some time out from their caring duties. We offer a maximum break up to 3 hrs and the break will be well planned and organised with yourselves.
How to get help?
The Carers Hub can be contacted directly via telephone and email. Once you have submitted your enquiry (please provide your name and telephone number) a member of the team will be in touch to see how we can help. We aim to get back to you within 48 hours but please bear with us as we work through a large number of enquiries
Telephone: 0300 303 0208 (calls charged at local rates)
*A carer is anyone, including children and adults who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support. The care they give is unpaid.
Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The NHS, Cheshire East Council and Just Drop In have produced some suggestions for parents when supporting children and young people who may be experiencing distressing thoughts and feelings linked to any of the present consequences of the COVID19 outbreak.
Regardless of their age, this may be a difficult time for children and young people. Some may react right away, while others may show signs of difficulty later on. How a child or young person reacts can vary according to their age, how they understand information and communicate, their previous experiences, and how they typically cope with stress. Negative reactions may include worrying thoughts about their health or that of family and friends, fear, avoidance, problems sleeping, or physical symptoms such as stomach ache. During this time, it’s important that you take care of your family’s mental health – there are lots of things you can do, and support is available if you need it. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing
Helping children cope with stress during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Children may respond to stress in different ways such as being more clingy, anxious, withdrawing, angry or agitated, bedwetting etc. Respond to your child’s reactions in a supportive way, listen to their concerns and give them extra love and attention.
Young people self-help ideas and resources and Parent Helpline.
Feeling concerned or overwhelmed by the news is understandable, especially if you are struggling with your mental health or you have a physical illness. It might be that you’re anxious about your own health, the health of someone in your family, or what impact the virus will have on your life. Here are some steps you can take if you are feeling anxious…
Crisis Support – Our new 24/7 mental health helpline is open to people of all ages who require urgent support and are residents of Cheshire West, Cheshire East and Wirral.
Responding to self-harm and suicidal thoughts and behaviours during the Corona (COVID 19) outbreak
Should your child express thoughts of self-harm or suicide there are resources are available from YoungMinds to support you https://youngminds.org.uk/ or you can call them on 0808 802 5544.
You can also get additional advice and guidance by contacting your local Child and Adolescent Mental Health services (CAMHS) on the numbers below.
If your child is known to CAMHS, contact the duty line to update the practitioner and receive advice and support.
CAMHS Crewe: 01270 253841
CAMHS Macclesfield: 01625 712 040 / 712 041 (0-16 years) or 01625 712 054 (16 – 19 years)
CAMHS Winsford: 01606 555240 (0-16 years) or 01244 397555 (16-19 years)
If your child is not known to CAMHS contact the Crisis Line for advice and guidance on what to do next:
If you need urgent support for your mental health, please call our mental health helpline on 0300 303 3972 and our dedicated local staff will support you to access the help you need. The phone line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is open to people of all ages – including children and young people.
The phone line is now the first port of call for mental health help – it is operated by people in your local area who will know how best to support you. If you call NHS111 you may have to wait longer for help and will be re-directed to this local service – so call 0300 303 3972. Please note, A&E and 999 are not the best places to get help for the majority of mental health problems – call 0300 303 3972 to be directed to the best local service to support you. You should still call 999 or go to A&E if you have an immediate, life-threatening emergency requiring mental or physical health assistance.
Emergency Support: You should still call 999 or go to A&E if you have an immediate, life-threatening emergency requiring mental or physical health assistance, including any situation involving an overdose.
Cheshire East Council recommendations of resources and tips to support parents during the current COVID-19 outbreak.
-During the lockdown families are spending much more time together and in these uncertain times emotions can run high and arguments happen more often. Tips for Coping with Family Conflict:
– The Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust has collated a valuable online library full of resources which can support professionals, parents, carers and children during the Covid-19 outbreak. Highlights include a family focused COVID-19 Self Care Kit.
– NSPCC Learning also has an extensive library of resources which can help parents, carers and professionals to support children’s mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak.
– Professionals, parents and young people can be directed to the Young Addaction Pan Cheshire social media pages for daily updates, resources, tips and support