Wellbeing Support for You and Your Child

Naomi Message

Hi, my name’s Naomi Message and I’m the Pupil Wellbeing Lead at Morley Memorial. I’m here to offer pastoral support for you and your child. I hope you’ll find the information here helpful.

If you have any specific wellbeing questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me on NMessage@morley.cambs.sch.uk

 

Wellbeing during Coronavirus

The uncertain and changing situation we are experiencing at the moment can be very uncomfortable, and can raise some strong emotions, for us as well as for our children. It is important that we think about how we can look after our wellbeing at times like this. There is some good advice here about how to look after yourself mentally https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak including links to how you can talk to your children about what they may be hearing on the news.

The main things you can do to look after yourself and your family:

  • Keep connected with people – even if you can’t meet face-to-face, take time to talk with friends and family online or by phone, particularly anyone vulnerable.
  • Stay informed, using reputable sources of information such as the NHS or the government, but limit the amount of time you spend reading/watching the news if it causes you distress.
  • Stay healthy physically, including keeping active, looking after your diet, drinking plenty of water, and doing relaxing activities to reduce your stress levels. (The NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/ has some good advice on workouts you can do at home, as well as other ways to look after your wellbeing)
  • Try to keep your routine as “normal” as possible for your children. Think about ways to adapt your usual activities, if they are not possible at the moment, and think of new and fun things you can do together as a family.

Sources of self-help, guidance and support for parents and children

I hope you find this list of websites and organisations helpful. There are many other sources of support out there – these are ones I have been recommended, or have found to be useful. If you know of any others, please let me know.

Parenting support

www.ahaparenting.com – Website, blog, book suggestions, online parenting course

Familylives.org.uk | 0808 800 2222 – Website for parents with information on topics such as bullying, transitions, discipline, step-families, relatives in prison. Confidential helpline, parenting advice videos, online forum, online parenting courses

Youngminds.org.uk | 0808 802 5544 – Website with information and advice for parents on a wide range of issues and topics. Confidential helpline for parents.

Gingerbread.org.uk | 0808 802 0925 – website for single parents, with financial and legal information, factsheets on a variety of topics, tips for single parents; freephone helpline; training courses; online forum; parenting support groups

Mindedforfamilies.org.uk –  Website for adults offering training modules on a range of issues, including bereavement, bullying, family difficulties, substance abuse, school refusal, trauma, sexual orientation & gender, attachment, moving schools, eating disorders, risky behaviour, SEND

Growth mindset & resilience

Biglifejournal.com – Free resources/activities emailed every week to mailing list; blog; podcast for children; other resources available to purchase

www.mindsetworks.com – Information about growth mindset vs fixed mindset approaches

Mental Health

centre33.org.uk | 0333 4141809 – Local organisation. Free confidential services for young people aged 13-25 including counselling, advice and support

childline.org.uk | 0800 1111 – Free confidential service, online and by phone, for children (up to age 19) 

Chums.uk.com – Local service for children with mild to moderate mental health difficulties. Website with information and advice for adults and children, including anxiety, bullying, diet & exercise, low mood & feeling sad, mindfulness, self-harm, sleep, tics & tourettes; parents can refer directly for group or 1:1  support for them and their children; also signposting and drop-in support

www.cogwheel.org.uk | 01223 464385 – Local organisation. Counselling for individual adults and children, and couples. Referrals can be made directly by phone

http://www.cpft.nhs.uk/services/pws/psychological-wellbeing-service.htm (CPFT Psychological Wellbeing Service) | 0300 300 0055 – Local NHS services for adults. Talking therapies for mild to moderate depression and anxiety. Adults can refer themselves online

Familylives.org.uk | 0808 800 2222 – Website for parents; confidential helpline; online forum

Keep-your-head.com/cyp –  Website to support young people in Cambridgeshire. Information and advice for parents, children and young people on feeling good, staying healthy, taking time out, tips on being positive & happy, ideas around mindfulness, bullying

Kooth.com –  Website for young people aged 11-19 in Cambridgeshire. Create a free account to access anonymous online counselling, information, online community, and a daily journal

Mindedforfamilies.org.uk –  Website for adults offering training modules on a range of issues, including bereavement, child abuse & exploitation, bullying, family difficulties, substance abuse, school refusal, trauma, sexual orientation & gender, attachment, moving schools, eating disorders, risky behaviour, SEND

www.moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk – Website for all ages, with self-help guides on a number of issues, including mindfulness, exercise, diet, sleep, anger, obsessions & compulsions, anxiety, phobia, trauma, self-harm, bereavement

Moodscope.com –  Interactive website for adults and children age 13+. Measure your mood daily, and share with a trusted friend, as a tool for its improvement

www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/self-care/ – Website created by and for young people. Information on mental health support, including a self-care section with extensive list of methods to help young people

Youngminds.org.uk – Website with information and advice for parents and children, on issues such as anger, abuse, bullying, death, drug use, eating problems, school, online pressures, self-esteem, self-harm, sleep, suicidal feelings; and conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, eating disorders, mania, OCD, PTSD, psychosis. 

Bullying

childline.org.uk | 0800 1111 – Free confidential service, online and by phone, for children (up to age 19) 

Familylives.org.uk | 0808 800 2222 – Website for parents with information on topics including bullying. Confidential helpline and online forum for parents

Keep-your-head.com/cyp –  Website to support young people in Cambridgeshire. Information and advice for parents, children and young people on topics including bullying.

www.kidscape.org.uk |  020 7823 5430 – National website with support and advice for parents and children. Confidential phone line for parents; free workshops for children aged 9-16 who have experienced bullying, and their parents

Mindedforfamilies.org.uk –  Website for adults offering training modules on a range of issues, including , bullying

Bereavement

www.cruse.org.uk/Cambridge |01223 633536 (local) | 0808 8081677 (national) – Local organisation. Free helpline; 1:1 support for children age 4+; drop-in centres; 1:1 and group support for adults;  website with information and advice for adults and young people

www.hopeagain.org.uk – Website for children and young people, by Cruse [see above]

Talktostars.org.uk – Local organisation offering counselling for children and young people. Website with information and advice for parents and children

www.winstonswish.org | 08088 020 021 – Website with information for parents and older young people. Phone line and online chat; drop-in groups; 1:1 and group therapy for young people

help2makesense.org – Website for children and young people with information and advice, created by Winston’s Wish [see above]

Young carers

centre33.org.uk/help/caring/ (Young Carers Project) – Local organisation. Group and 1:1 support for children aged 8+ who are young carers

Youngminds.org.uk – Website with information and advice for parents and children, including being a young carer

SEND

Mindedforfamilies.org.uk –  Website for adults offering training modules on a range of issues, including SEND

www.autism.org.uk (National Autistic Society) | 0808 800 4104 – National website for adults with information including what is autism, diagnosis, benefits & care, behaviour, communication, strategies & approaches, health, family life, education, transition, adult life. Phone line; online community forums.

www.nascambridge.org.uk – Local branch of the National Autistic Society. Phone & email help; parent support groups.

Pinpoint-cambs.org.uk – Local organisation for parents of children with SEND in Cambridgeshire, including Social Emotional and Mental Health needs. With information and local support groups

romseymill.org/aspire/ | 01223 521270 – Local organisation offering weekly youth groups for young people aged 9-18 in mainstream education with a high-functioning ASD diagnosis

spectrum.org.uk – Parent-led local support for families supporting autism and SEND needs, learning difficulties and disabilities (including undiagnosed). Online community; family workers;  and events, activities, days out and sessions for children and families focusing around social gains, sport, technology, the Arts, entertainment and interaction