Advice and ideas for supporting your child’s mental health at this time
We recognise that there may be new and different pressures during this time for you and your family at this time. On this page, you will find trustworthy information and guidance available on ways you can support your child’s mental health at this time.
It is also important to look after your mental health at this time. We have published more information on mental health support for adults.
The government have created guidance on supporting the mental health of children and young people.
Mind Ed for Families is a useful resource for parents and professionals. They've got information on topics such as sleep, anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm, and family and relationship issues.
Young Minds is a well trusted charity providing advice and information about a number of mental health issues. It has information on managing coronavirus anxiety.
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families website is designed to empower young adults to look after their mental health. It has a jargon buster, and tips for self-care.
MIND has information and support for children and young people including information on your feelings and opening up.
Relate Derby has been commissioned by NHS England to provide counselling services free to residents of Derby and Derbyshire and these can be accessed immediately. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, services are being delivered remotely by webcam and telephone. The services available are:
- IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) counselling for couples and young people (16 to 18 years).
- Support for children and young people’s (5 to 18 years) emotional health and wellbeing.
- Counselling for people affected by Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC).
The free Relate telephone helpline (0808 178 9363) has also been extended and is now running on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10am to 1pm, thanks to Foundation Derbyshire for their financial support. The helpline gives people the opportunity to speak directly to an experienced Relate trained counsellor without having to make an appointment. Contact 01332 349177 or 07741193484 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The full range of mental health support services can be found on the Derby and Derbyshire Emotional Health and Wellbeing website.