In these uncertain times, our mental health and wellbeing is more important than ever. There is a lot of information to absorb at the moment, which can feel overwhelming and cause anxiety. However, we are not alone and there is support and advice available to both parents and students to help with supporting mental health and wellbeing during school closure. Although we are apart, we are all in this together.
There are several mental health apps available for you to download and use. The NHS has provided a full list of recommended mental health apps which you can access. Please be aware that while most of these apps are free, some do require purchasing and/or have in-app costs. Please check with the bill payer before purchasing.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Support:
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
How to cope and support with anxiety during disruptive times
Rethink Mental Illness
YouTube: Talking and thinking about my mental health
NHS Every Mind Matters
NHS 5 steps to mental wellbeing
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Live Well Cheshire East
Staying connected and having a supportive community around you is key to managing your mental health. Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it is like to struggle sometimes and Elefriends can provide a safe place for you to listen, share and be heard.
Kooth is a free, safe and anonymous online support system for 11-25 year olds. It can allow users to receive one-to-one online sessions with qualified counsellors, receive and provide peer-to-peer support through moderated online forums, and read and contribute to mental health and wellbeing articles.
Youtube Meditation Vidoes
|The eye of the hurricane meditation (10 mins)||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPFayxlm_ms|
|Mindfulness body scan for sleep and deep relaxation (40 mins)||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkp8R-HlTYk|
|Guided meditation for Anxiety, worries and relaxation into sleep (48 mins)||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3ce69YHWNs|
|Reducing anxiety and stress (20 mins)||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIr3RsUWrdo|
Mental Health and Wellbeing Blogs
There are some really good blogs that offer support, ideas and encouragement for those that are struggling with anxiety surrounding coronavirus or managing their mental health and wellbeing at home. Young Minds (10) offers a variety of blogs on various topics based on young people’s mental health.
Other useful sources of information include:
- Local NHS Trust, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership (CWP), has launched a new mental health helpline for residents of Cheshire West, Cheshire East and Wirral – 0300 303 3972. The helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is open to people of all ages – including children and young people.
- Responding to self harm and suicide ideation Parent guide to the Crisis Line
- CAMHS Out of Hours Advice Line:01244 397644
- The Samaritans:116123or org
- NHS 111 Service:111
- The Mix:08088 084994or org.uk
- Papyrus:08000 684141
- Visyon are also working a skeleton staff and can still be reached via the text service 07508 074748 or 01260 290000 Visyon Wellbeing Support
- MyMind – http://www.mymind.org.uk/about-mymind/parents-and-carers/resources-for-parents-and-carers/
- Swans – https://www.facebook.com/swanscic/
- Emotionally Healthy Schools Team EHCYP partnership Covid-19 update
- Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – UK
- Congleton Town Council have issued a newsletter containing local information and support Congleton Town Council Key Information
- For any students requiring free sanitary products, please visit The Storehouse Food Bank at the New Life Church.
Guidance from Cheshire Police
If you have any concerns about a young person in our care, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Our designated leads for Safeguarding and Child Protection are:
Our designated leads for Safeguarding and Child Protection are: Mr James – Designated Lead – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Miss Griffen – Deputy Designated Lead – Email: email@example.com
If you have an IMMEDIATE concern about a child or situation, please call Cheshire East Consultation Service (ChECS) on 0300 123 5012 (0300 123 5022 – Emergency Duty Team)
COVID-19 school closure arrangements for Safeguarding and Child Protection at Eaton Bank Academy Annex 1 Safeguarding EBA