Wellbeing during Coronavirus

Wellbeing and Mental Health

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 so much support and advice available to both parents and students to help with supporting your mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19.

If you need to speak with our Pastoral and Wellbeing team you can reach them using the contact form at the bottom of the Wellbeing page, where you can also find additional guidance and support.


Safeguarding

Stay safe in lockdown – Dear Parents/carers, please remain vigilant and follow this advice to ensure your children are safe online. Help Your Children Stay Safe Online Parent Fact Sheet

Please report any safeguarding concerns using the contact form at the bottom of the Safeguarding page.

For more information please visit the Safeguarding page.

The Boulevard Academy’s COVID 19 Child Protection Annex is available here.


Domestic Abuse

 

Domestice Abuse Services Available Website
Hull Domestic Abuse Partnership (DAP) 01482 318759 hulldap.co.uk
Hull Women’s Aid 01482 446099 hullwomensaid.org
Preston Road Women’s Centre 01482 790310 purplehouse.co.uk
ChildLine 0800 1111 childline.org.uk
Website information for young people:thehideout.org.uk

hesslerdnetwork.org  

gybhull.com

howareyoufeeling.org.uk

Silent calls to the police – dial 999 – when the operator is on the line press 55.
No credit is needed to call the police

 


Mental Health

The Mental Health Foundation is part of the national mental health response during the coronavirus outbreak. On their website you can find resources to help you look after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus

They are leading the way with the World Mental Health Campaign on Saturday 10th October. Find out more on their website: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/world-mental-health-day 

 

  • WHO TO CALL: Humber Young Peoples Urgent Mental Health 24/7 Helpline – call 01482 301701, press option 2. This helpline offers mental health support and advice for young people up to the age of 18 years in urgent need of help.  It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service is also available for family members, carers and professionals who are concerned about a young person. You will speak to Call Handlers who are experienced in talking to young people and adults in distress and provide guidance to help you manage the situation and your feelings.  They  have information on all the health, social and voluntary services available to support you. They will refer to these services or make an appointment if this is needed. They may also decide you need a crisis response from our CAMHS Crisis Team.  If this is the case the CAMHS Crisis Team will contact you to agree what support you need which could include a visit to your home from one of our CAMHS Crisis Clinicians.

 

  • APPS: There is an abundance of mental health apps available for you to download and utilise. Our pastoral team recommend Calm, Headspace, and Calm Harm. The NHS has also provided a full list of mental health apps which you can access here. Please be aware that while most of these apps are free to use, some do cost to use or have in-app purchasing.

 

  • Please check with the bill payer before purchasing.

 

  • BLOGS: Mental health blogs offer support, ideas and encouragement for those that are struggling with anxiety surrounding coronavirus or managing their mental health at home. Young Minds offers a variety of blogs on various topics based on young people’s mental health. Explore more here.

The NHS have put together the 5 Steps to Mental Wellbeing.

  1. Connect with other people
  2. Be physically active
  3. Learn new skills
  4. Give to others
  5. Pay attention to the present moment

Ideas and details on following the 5 steps are available on the NHS website as well as the website for the charity Mind.

  • COPING IDEAS: The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is a charity for children’s mental health. They have put together videos that are available for both parents and young people on how to cope and support with anxiety during disruptive times.


Social Support

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. Kooth Parental Introduction Letter is available here.

Have a look at the link to see the Topics being discussed in the Forums this month: October Live Forum Kooth


Parent and Carer Support

  • HULL CITY COUNCIL: Hull City Psychological Service have put together advice guide for staff, parents and students during the uncertainty of coronavirus. The guide contains ideas and stories for discussing the pandemic with children in a way that should answer questions and calm anxiety. There are also links for videos that can be shown to children regarding the virus, as well as guides for promoting wellbeing in children, including those with special needs.  In the Parent/Carer section, there are resources for home learning, home schedule guides, mindfulness activities, and more.

 

  • ONLINE SAFETY: With our children spending a lot of time online vigilance is required to ensure they are staying safe. The links below offer guidance on how to prevent against radicalisation online, as well as highlighting which socialising apps could pose dangers to children. Please take the time to read through both and take care monitoring your child’s online activities.
  • Parent Guardian Online Radicalisation Information and Support
  • Popular Apps Guidance

 

 

 

  • COPING IDEAS: The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is a charity for children’s mental health. They have put together videos that are available for both parents and young people on how to cope and support with anxiety during disruptive times.

 


Bereavement

  • Child Bereavement: Child Bereavement UK helps children, parents and families to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. They support children and young people up to the age of 25 who are facing bereavement, and anyone affected by the death of a child of any age. They have a dedicated area on their site which brings together relevant guidance and information to help support young people during this challenging time.
  • Winston’s Wish: Winston’s Wish supports bereaved children, young people, their families, and the professionals who support them. They have information, advice and guidance on supporting bereaved children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak, and updated services and opening times.
  • Hope Again: Hope Again is Cruse Bereavement Care’s website for young people. Cruse is a national charity that provides support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone close to them dies. They also work to enhance society’s care of bereaved people. Their advice for parents and guardians — outlining practical ways to support your child/young person after the death of a loved one — is especially relevant at this time.
  • Grief Encounter: Grief Encounter is one of the UK’s leading bereaved child charities, providing free, pioneering services and support to bereaved children, young people and their families. During this challenging period, they will be updating their advice regularly, and using their social media channels to offer additional support with counsellor-led activity suggestions to help parents and carers support their children at home.

SEND Wellbeing

There are guides available to help explain the coronavirus to SEND children.

For an autism-friendly story to help explain the coronavirus, dangers and how to stay safe please click here. Whilst it is aimed at children and young people with Autism, it may also be useful for all parents that are finding it hard to explain to their children about this pandemic.

A support guide created by Child Health Professionals in Cardiff for children with learning disabilities can be found here. The guide includes ideas for routines, activities and wellbeing.

To contact the SEND team please use the contact form at the bottom of the SEND page.


External Links

More support can be found on the below sites.

  • NSPCC – The NSPCC helpline can be found here, along with lots of support for keeping children safe during lockdown www.nspcc.org.uk
  • CEOP -Child Exploitation and Online Protection can offer help if you are concerned about online abuse www.ceop.police.uk
  • CHILDNET – Aim to make the internet a safer place for children. Their site contains parent support, activities for students, and video lessons www.childnet.com
  • UK SAFER INTERNET CENTRE: Here you can find online safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online www.saferinternet.org.uk
  • THINKUKNOW: Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline www.thinkuknow.co.uk