Health and Well-being

Due to Coronavirus our immunisation programme is currently postponed . Once the Government reinstates school attendance for all, we will be rearranging any sessions that have been delayed. We will, of course, be reviewing this situation in line with Government guidance and recommendations. If you have any questions please contact us via: snhs.childrensimmunisationteam@nhs.net<mailto:snhs.childrensimmunisationteam@nhs.net>

Everyone’s experience during the COVID19 crisis has been different. Nevertheless there are some common themes including loss, isolation, separation, anxiety for children and adults. Sheila explores the trauma of the crisis, protective factors and how we can promote resilience. For the free videos please see our Coronavirus support leaflet
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Coronavirus and your wellbeing (Mind UK) – Practical advice for staying at home, mental health and financial management: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

Resources for Parents from Child Mind – Support for families providing a variety of online support mechanisms and access to further articles families are likely to find beneficial around self-care and supporting children and young people: https://childmind.org/coping-during-covid-19-resources-for-parents/

How to protect your mental health (BBC) – Practical ideas and links to other resources: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799

5 ways to wellbeing (Mindkit) – Mindfulness based resources and ideas to help manage emotions: https://www.mindkit.org.uk/5-ways-to-wellbeing/

Advice for older pupils and adults about looking after their emotional well-being – Practical advice for adults to help them manage their emotional responses: https://afsp.org/taking-care-of-your-mental-health-in-the-face-of-uncertainty/?fbclid=IwAR3ScDBfuhV5INKyutAG9IPNm4JnjjLOmHxv5w8SR9pBbDDU-8Hhy1QH-L8

Information video on Coronavirus for older children/adults (WHO) – Practical and self-explanatory film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOV1aBVYKGA&feature=youtu.be

Tips and guidance on supporting preschool children (Zero to Three) – Links to additional resources designed for this age group and practical tips for managing time at home and supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing: https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/3210-tips-for-families-coronavirus

Talking to children about Coronavirus (British Psychological Society) – Helpfully breaks down into advice for four different age categories; 0-3yrs, 4-7yrs, 7-12yrs and 13yrs+: https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/talking-children-about-coronavirus

A social story about pandemics (Carol Gray) – Uses photographs to communicate key information: https://carolgraysocialstories.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Pandemics-and-the-Coronavirus.pdf?fbclid=IwAR23zxNlbEumpw4oKlM7Xy3VlKnA25b8Gi53N6YiFIeKB9Vx0LQypSPYzzg

A Social Story about the coronavirus – Uses cartoon images to communicate key information: https://www.ppmd.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/The-Corona-Virus-Free-Printable-Updated-2-The-Autism-Educator-.pdf

A comic exploring coronavirus to help young people understand – Good for junior/early secondary ages and links to a ‘3 Minute Listen’ about Coronavirus aimed directly at young people: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus?t=1584464333506

Advice for young people who are feeling anxious about Coronavirus (Young Minds) – A useful resource which can then link into other Young Minds pages: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus

Helping children cope with stress (WHO) – A one sheet page that is easy to read: https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/helping-children-cope-with-stress-print.pdf?sfvrsn=f3a063ff_2

ELSA: Coronavirus Story for Children – A virtual story book focusing on helping children understand the virus and the associated feelings they might experience alongside managing these: https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/coronavirus-story-for-children/

Information video on Coronavirus for Primary age children (KS2) (Brainpop) – A cartoon information film: https://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/


Videos, activities, games, and calming activities to help children who are worried about anything. https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/
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https://www.moodgym.com.au/ is a free, fun, interactive program to help young people with low mood. Based on cognitive behaviour and interpersonal therapy, it consists of five modules, which help you to explore: – Why you feel the way you do – Changing the way you think – Knowing what makes you upset – Assertiveness and interpersonal skills training https://www.smilingmind.com.au/

https://www.smilingmind.com.au/ is modern meditation for young people from 7 years up. It is a free web and App-based program, designed to help bring balance to young lives. Smiling Mind is aimed at helping young people de-stress and stay calm. There are tailored programmes for different age groups.

www.superbetter.com is a free web and app based programme created by game designers. Playing SuperBetter helps build personal resilience: the ability to stay strong, motivated, and optimistic even in the face of difficult challenges. Resilience has a powerful effect on health – by boosting physical and emotional well-being. SuperBetter is for young people over the age of 13 who want to feel happier, healthier, and more able to reach their goals.

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/looking-after-your-mental-health-while-self-isolating/#staying-connected

https://riseabove.org.uk/topic/my-mind/

Mindfulness at home – Thewholechild: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X462QPGZQt4

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