Parenting in the time of COVID-19
To help parents interact constructively with their children during this time of confinement, these six one-page tips for parents cover planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behaviour, managing stress, and talking about COVID-19. Use them to your and your kids’ advantage, and have fun in doing so.
Coronavirus and isolation: supporting yourself and your colleagues
It’s fair to say we’ve never experienced a time like this.
There are lots of messages, advice, opinions and predictions around and the uncertainty, in itself, can feel very stressful. Mental Health at Work isn’t here to add to your pressures as an employer by telling you what to do.
Instead, at a time when things are moving and changing fast, we just want to make sure you’ve got some useful and practical information when you need it.
In terms of workplace well-being, the coronavirus situation presents a few different things to think about, and we’ve chosen resources that can help with each of them:
- A pandemic isn’t just a physical health issue; it’s a mental health issue as well. Mind has produced a guide for anyone who’s feeling worried about this. It covers lots of issues to help support the mental health of yourself and others in the coming weeks and months, including those with existing mental health concerns.
- It’s likely that many of us have found ourselves working remotely much more, quite suddenly. We have guides to keeping yourself well if that’s you: one with lots to think about, and one that quickly lists some key advice.
It’s a fluid situation, so we’ll keep updating this page as and when we find new, high quality, resources that can help.
Go outside for a walk and get some fresh air when possible.
With the schools closed and with us all spending more time at home, it’s more important than ever that we keep moving and stay healthy and positive.
PE with Jo – Started on Monday 23rd March. He is hosting a free daily workout aimed at kids LIVE on his YouTube channel.
Exercise is an amazing tool to help us feel happier, more energised, and more optimistic.
The workouts are fun and suitable for all ages and even adults can get involved.
You don’t need any equipment, just tune in to my YouTube channel at 9am each morning for a 30-minute, fun workout. https://www.thebodycoach.com/blog/pe-with-joe-1254.html
In these uncertain times, we want to keep primary aged children as active as possible. You will have access to some of our best resources, including videos, music and lesson plans – absolutely FREE and straight to your inbox – EVERY DAY!
For use in either the classroom or home setting, the resources will be changed on a daily basis so there’s always something new to use with the children. Create a FREE account here.
Move & Learn at Home With GoNoodle – Teachers use GoNoodle to help their students stay active, focused, and calm while infusing good energy into their classrooms. Now, with so many kids home from school, we want to keep that good energy going with GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home, a free online resource. GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home provides ways for kids and families to move and learn together.
Have a go at yoga – https://www.cosmickids.com/
Relaxation and anxiety
#COVIBOOK Supporting and reassuring children around the world
This short book has been created to support and reassure children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19. It is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation. It is important to point out that this resource does not seek to be a source of scientific information, but rather a tool based on fantasy. The book is available to download in numerous languages. Click on the link for further details.
Try to stay calm and relaxed. Check out a guided technique here.
Or here’s another to explore.
Keeping in touch
Check in with family and friends regularly, pick up the phone to talk or video call.
Mind – https://www.mind.org.uk/
A huge amount of information, advice and personal accounts of all mental health issues and how they can be managed.
MeeTwo – https://www.meetwo.co.uk/
Different from the #metoo movement. MeeTwo is a fully moderated app for teenagers, which provides peer support, expert help, inbuilt educational and creative resources as well as links to UK charities and helplines. MeeTwo is a neutral space which allows young people to experiment with what it feels like to open up without drawing attention to themselves while positive feedback and social support builds confidence, increases wellbeing and promotes emotional resilience.
Kooth – https://www.kooth.com/
Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people.
Sign up to speak to a fully trained counsellor online.
Shout is the UK’s first free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.
Shout is powered by a team of volunteers, who are at the heart of the service. We take people from crisis to calm every single day.
Feeling suicidal/in crisis? Call the Samaritans 24 hours a day, all year round – speak to them in your own way, and off the record, about whatever’s getting to you. Call 116 123 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, their trained counsellors are there to support you. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. You can contact them in whatever way feels best for you:
● by calling 0800 1111
● by email
● through 1-2-1 counsellor chat
Report online abuse
CEOP help children stay safe online. Has someone acted inappropriately towards you online, or to a child or young person you know? It may be sexual chat, being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone being insistent on meeting up. You can report it Here.
If you are experiencing domestic abuse or supporting someone who is in that situation, immediate help is available. Contact the National Domestic Violence Helpline run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge on 0808 2000 247 or the Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327.
Health services will be extremely stretched during the next few weeks and potentially months, but they will still be providing some essential services. Contact your local healthcare provider for the most up to date information.
Accident and emergency departments at hospital
Find your local A&E here: https://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/Accident-and-emergency-services/LocationSearch/428
If you feel unable to keep yourself safe and you need immediate help – especially if you think you are at risk of acting on suicidal feelings, or you have seriously harmed yourself and need medical attention.
Some A&E departments have a liaison psychiatry team (specialist help for mental health) that you can ask to see. If there isn’t a liaison psychiatry team, A&E staff might contact other local services such as a crisis team (CRHT) to help assess you.
Your local NHS GP is able to make referrals to a number of health services including (but not limited to) mental health, physical health, substance abuse.
Mental health services are free on the NHS. Click here to find out more about the services available to you.
Post-18 education and university
Depending on your university, free counselling services should be available to you.
Ask around at induction meetings/freshers fairs or search on the college/university website.
Colleges may have an onsite counsellor like in school and many universities offer a free counselling service for up to 6 sessions.