Emotional and Well being support
We appreciate and understand that at this time there are many children, young people, parents and families as a whole that are struggling to process and understand the current situation. The offers of support from agencies are changing so below is a brief outline of the support offered by Cambridgeshire Community Services:
Chathealth: ChatHealth -Text Messaging Service for 13-19 year olds
ChatHealth is an alternative way for young people to engage with experienced clinicians who will answer texts from 9.30am-4pm Mon-Fri on a range of topics including anything from healthy eating, smoking, self-harm and bullying.
Watch this video to find out more http://bit.ly/chathealth-cambs
Young people (13-19 years) can text 07480 635 443 to start a conversation.
Cambridge Community Services (CCS) Duty Telephone Line: 0300 329 50 50. Please note that this line is a contact point for all CCS services (except for Specialist Community Nurses) and is staffed by our wonderful Administration Team. When you call, please make them aware of why you are contacting us and they will pass your request of support on to the relevant team who will then get in touch with you.
We are also in the process of creating emotional health and wellbeing resources for parent’s wellbeing as well as children and young people and will share these with you when they are ready. In the meantime there are a number of useful service and resources on the Keep-Your-Head website for Adult, Child & Young People and Professional’s Mental Wellbeing: https://www.keep-your-head.com/
We are also going to be updating our website, so please see: https://www.cambscommunityservices.nhs.uk/what-we-do/children-young-people-health-services-cambridgeshire/emotional-health-and-wellbeing-services for more information.
Strengthening Minds - Strengthening Minds, a london-based organisation that supports the wellbeing of children and their families has created an excellent resource called The Strengthening Minds Guide to Staying Home... In Style. This free, downloadable activity pack contains information, games and activities, for families, children, teenagers and there's a section on mindfulness and wellbeing. It's definitely worth checking out. Download it from the Strengthening Minds website or from the resources section below.
Nuffield Health - Keeping a journal and doing daily exercise can help us to look after our wellbeing. You can download a free Wellbeing Journal and take part in some 15-minute exercises, created by Nuffield Health here www.nuffieldhealth.com/kidswellbeing
Spread the Happiness - Singing and dancing are also a great way to help us feel happy. Spread The Happiness have shared their Nursery Rhymes and Dough Disco videos for free, here: https://www.spreadthehappiness.co.uk/free-tv-happy-links/
Cosmic Kids - Yoga and Meditation can help children to relax and stay calm. Cosmic Kids Yoga channel on YouTube has free videos aimed at children aged 3+.
It can be difficult to explain why we have to stay indoors, wash our hands for 20 seconds and why some people we know are getting sick. There's an increasing number of resources you can access, for free, to help you to explain the coronavirus and social distancing to children.
#COVIBOOK Author Manuela Molina has created a book for children aged 7 and under. As the author explains, "I have created this short book to support and reassure our children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation." This book is available to download in several languages, including English, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic and other languages too. Download it for FREE here: https://www.mindheart.co/descargables
Nosy Crow have produced a FREE book for adults to read to their children, to help explain what the virus is and how to stay safe. The book was made with expert input from Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and has been illustrated by Axel Scheffler. This downloadable book is written in child-friendly language and will help to answer many questions children may have. You can download it for free here from the Nosy Crow website: https://nosycrow.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Coronavirus_INSwith-cover.pdf
Children's Commissioner's Guide to Coronavirus - is free to download. "The guide aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home." Download the guide below, or from the Children's Commissioner's website here.
Parents: For information about Internet Safety, click here https://www.cambslearntogether.co.uk/home-learning/computing
We have updated our information for parents and carers to include a section on keeping children safe online. It provides links to online resources that will help support parents and carers in keeping their children safe online.
Full details can be found in section 6.3 of the guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings: