Mental Health Support during the COVID - 19 outbreak
A CAMHS specialist is now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide specialist advice and support to families and professionals about children/young people in a mental health crisis and (if necessary) arrange for a face to face assessment.
This services is available through our Single Point of Access line on :
Tel: 0300 777 0707
email: firstname.lastname@example.org (for non-urgent enquiries)
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families - useful information about Coping with unexpected endings and loss.
Healthy Young Minds in Herts
For Information about how to look after your mental health and emotional wellbeing during the Covid-19 outbreak please click on the link below.
Information about talking to your children about Corona Virus
MindEd for Families
Are you a parent or carer who is concerned about mental health of your child/teenager or an older family member, parent or grandparent? MindEd for families has advice and information from trusted experts and will help you to understand what problems occur, what you can do to best support your family, and how to take care of yourself.
Visit the MindEd Families website for more information.
Partnership for children
Resources to build children's wellbeing
Child Bereavement UK have information for parents and carers on supporting children through difficult times and managing grief. Please click on the link below to access these resources.
Delivering Special Provision Locally
DSPL is a Hertfordshire-wide partnership approach where parents, staff in early years settings and schools, further education colleges, local authority officers and representatives from other agencies, work together as part of an Area Group, reviewing and developing the range of provision and support services available to their local community.
Their website has been updated to include resources to support Mental Health, Home Schooling for all key stages, fun activities and much more.
Safer Places launched a new live chat service to support those experiencing, or at risk of abuse.
The new service enables anyone experiencing abuse to chat directly with a member of the Safer Places team.
The measures announced to tackle coronavirus (COVID 19) have seen day to day life change dramatically and undoubtedly made it harder for people to access support services as survivors are isolated with abusers with small windows of opportunity to speak. This new service will give survivors the opportunity to access support discreetly. The new service will initially be open between 8:30am and 5pm Monday to Friday and 8pm - 8am Fri - Sun 8pm - 8am. The live chat session will appear if you go on to the Safer places website. If you need help you can start a conversation to receive support. Or alternatively the direct number is 03301 025811 open 24/7.
Action for Happiness have lots of information online about 'How to keep mentally healthy during uncertain times' please click on the links below for support, advice, meditation and more.
Family Links - The Centre for Emotional Health
Family Links website include free downloads with step by step guides, things to do with children and tips for parents.
They are also offering free parenting courses hosted by netmums. Please clink on the links below to access these resources.
5 Mindfulness Videos for Children and Young people. They are short 6 minute videos focused on breathing and can be done anywhere at anytime. They are designed to bring calm and refocus so may be useful to some of our young people.
Family Lives charity remains fully open for business
We continue to provide a free helpline and if you need to talk, we are here to listen with our trained and skilled workforce.
Call us on 0808 800 2222.
We know that sometimes it’s hard to speak on the phone in a crowded space or where it may not be safe to call, you can email email@example.com or visit our website and forums at www.familylives.org.uk. We are expanding our helpline capacity and developing additional resources around dealing with aggression in the home. Many families are also home schooling and we have added lots of useful tips on this and also ways in which families can engage in cost free activities together to our website.
Fitter Future are on a mission to ensure that children in Hertfordshire are given the tools to improve their physical and mental health from home. As a Hertfordshire based company we are giving schools and families free access to Fitter Future whilst school closures are enforced for all by key worker children. Please visit their website for more information.
Now more than ever, young people need the skills to maintain positive self-esteem, wellbeing and to feel hopeful about their future. We have developed a package of free resources, designed to support families to develop these home grown skills. We will be regularly adding to this with new resources so keep an eye out for updates.
Training Dates – The OLLIE Foundation - example of training are 'Grief training for bereaved parents, suicide prevention, goal setting and keeping safe and carrying on'.