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 school closure. Although we are apart, we are all in this together.

If you need to speak with our Pastoral and Wellbeing team during school closure please email wellbeing@theboulevardacademy.com. For more Wellbeing guidance and support please visit the Boulevard Academy Wellbeing Page.


Safeguarding

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

Please report any safeguarding concerns to cpcv19@theboulevardacademy.com

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

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. Parental introduction letter is available here.


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

Thinkuknow have created a page to support parents during COVID-19. Each fortnight they release new #OnlineSafetyAtHome activity packs with simple 15 minute activities you can do with your
child to support their online safety. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/

The NSPCC have a page that provides tips and advice for parents and carers focused on needs throughout COVID-19 and that has a section on online safety. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/coronavirus-advice-suppport-children-families-parents/

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.


SEN Wellbeing

There are guides available to help explain the coronavirus to SEN 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.


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