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.
The NHS have put together the 5 Steps to Mental Wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Connect with other people
- Be physically active
- Learn new skills
- Give to others
- Pay attention to the present moment
- 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.
- 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/
- Dr Emma Hepburn has put together a free short e-book discussing How to Stay Calm in a Global Pandemic. Please take some time to have read through.
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.
Supporting Children with LD & ASD with COVID Isolation was created by the Child Health Professionals in Cardiff for helping children with learning disabilities cope with isolation. 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.
We aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our student body. We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable students.
At The Boulevard Academy we have a wide range of support including-
- Class teachers
- Head of Year
- Senior Pastoral Support
- The Wellbeing Team
- External Support from Advotalk and Lifeskills
- HeadStart services which aims to:
“Enable children and young people to have positive mental health and wellbeing, thrive in ‘their communities’ and to ‘bounce back’ from life’s challenges”
Please follow the link below to download their guide to see what additional services we can refer the students for.
To discuss any wellbeing issues please contact our Wellbeing team using the contact form at the bottom of this page or call The Boulevard Academy on 01482 217898 and ask for Mrs Bentley, Miss Scholes and Mrs Thackeray.
Our mental health is just like our physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it.
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
- 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.
- MIND support with downloadable resources- When you’re living with a mental health problem, or supporting someone who is, having access to the right information – about a condition, treatment options, or practical issues – is vital. Click in the link below to find out more. https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/a-z-mental-health/
- 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.
Staying connected and having a supportive community around you is key to managing your mental health. We recommend the following social support sites for young people:
- 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.
You can find more information on the Student Wellbeing page.
- Parental support available – https://www.howareyoufeeling.org.uk/parents-carers
- Parenting courses- Children don’t come with an instruction manual so when it comes to parenting, how do you know what’s best and what works? Parents do a fantastic job, but there are times when some extra support may be needed. As part of the support available to parents in Hull they following courses to help – http://www.hull.gov.uk/parentingcourses
- Parenting guides- Gain more confidence as a parent-to-be, parent, grandparent and carer and try these free handy parenting guides full of top tips and advice. http://www.hull.gov.uk/parenting
- YGAM – The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) is a national charity with a social purpose to inform, educate and safeguard young and vulnerable people, helping them build resilience and understand the potential harms caused by gambling and gaming. Find out more on their website or follow them on social media @YGAMuk https://parents.ygam.org/
For more information please refer to the Wellbeing Policy on our policy page.
Self-referral to WRAP is available now.
- 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.
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