Please find below a number of useful links that can be used to support our young people during this difficult time and beyond.
If you are worried a child is in immediate danger or at risk of harm please contact First Contact (Durham) on 03000 267 979 or Together for Children (Sunderland) on 0191 520 5560. If a crime has been committed please contact the police on 999.
Help for children and young people and families:
Durham West – Chester-le-Street One Point Hub: 03000 261 112.
Durham Central – Seaham One Point Hub: 03000 261 117
Sunderland – Together for Children: 0191 5825560 or click on this link here.
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is a children’s mental health charity with over 60 years’ experience of caring for young people and their families. This page offers a range of activities to help young people keen to look after their own mental health.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services are specialist NHS mental health services for children and young people.
They offer assessment, diagnosis, treatment and support for young people who are experiencing problems with their emotions, behaviour or mental health and you can access support here at their website.
Cruse Bereavement Care
Support for children, young people and adults should someone sadly die can be found here or call 0808 808 1677.
Durham County Council
The following is direct advice from our local county council.
It is important that we remember to look after both our physical health and our mental health at the moment. We have worked with colleagues in public health to come up with some messages for families and children and would appreciate if you could share them through your school as you see appropriate.
Parents and Carers
Don’t forget the 5 ways to look after your mental health during #coronavirus; connect with others, help and support others, talk about your worries, look after your physical wellbeing and manage your information intake. For more tips visit www.durham.gov.uk/stayhomesavelives
It’s normal for children to feel anxious during these uncertain times. Try to spend some time as a family and visit www.durham.gov.uk/stayhomesavelives for some activities to do together.
There’s a lot of information to take in at the moment. If it’s all getting too much for you, try and limit your media and information intake. For more tips visit www.durham.gov.uk/stayhomesavelives
Your children will be looking to you during these odd times, try to react in a way that doesn’t make them worry. For tips on how to ease anxiety and talk to your kids about everything visit www.durham.gov.uk/stayhomesavelives
You can access a free online course on Recovery College Online which can help you to cope during the pandemic. It contains information about current guidance, as well as exploring how you might be feeling, what you can do to support your mental health and how you can support other people, including children and young people.
Don’t forget to always follow government guidance, you’re children will be looking to you for reassurance. Visit www.durham.gov.uk/stayhomesavelives
If you are worried about anything during these odd times, don’t be afraid to speak to your parent or carer. They may be able to help you understand what is happening and stop you worrying
Have you read something that you weren’t sure about or it didn’t sound very nice? Speak to your parent or carer about it. They can help you understand and worry less
The Recovery College Online has resources for children, young people, parents and carers that can help you and your family stay positive while things are different. Ask your parent or carer for help if you need it.
If you’re feeling worried or scared about everything right now, don’t worry this is normal. However, if it stops you enjoying the things you normally love please speak to an adult about your worries. You’re not alone.
There’s a lot of information at the minute and adults are talking a lot about #coronavirus. If you’ve got questions about it, don’t be afraid to ask. Visit www.durham.gov.uk/stayhomesaveslives
Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use. You can access their services here at their website.
The practice of mindfulness can be a helpful tool in managing anxieties and maintaining good mental health. Pearson Education has some useful resources to get you started.
This page details a number of Mobile Apps which can be downloaded and used to help support emotional wellbeing.
Young Minds are leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.
"We’re here to make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties. The crisis in children and young people’s mental health is real and it is urgent. More children and young people than ever before are reaching out for help with their mental health. But for those who take that brave step, help is much too hard to find.
Together, we are changing this. We’re fighting for young people’s mental health."
Find out more at their website.