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Emotional Wellbeing

Webpages for personal wellbeing during the Coronavirus outbreak

 

 

Times like these often feel difficult. Many of us are being asked to practice self-isolation or social distancing which can make you feel alone, anxious or stressed, and your children and families may also be worried about current events.

 

But there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing and the wellbeing of your family. The following section of the newsletter is dedicated to listing and linking to resources that might help you

 

Coronavirus helpline

The Council has introduced a dedicated coronavirus helpline for vulnerable people.

It means that the most vulnerable people in Stockport will be able to access support Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm, by calling 0161 217 6046.

The helpline will provide advice and tell you how you can access support. You can call the helpline if do not have a network of family and friends you can call upon for support particularly if:

·         you're over the age of 70 and you're self isolating

·         you have received a letter from the NHS advising you're high risk and should stay at home

·         you're medically vulnerable according to the government criteria and should stay at home

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

The Stockport Local Offer

The Stockport Local Offer has lots of links to other websites that provide resources for mental wellbeing, including children-specific help sites such as Childline. It also has a list of where you can find support.

https://stockport.fsd.org.uk/kb5/stockport/fsd/localoffer.page

 

Stockport Mind

Stockport Mind has a fantastic webpage packed with help, advice, suggestions and resources to help you cope if you are having to self-isolate, work from home, or if you're feeling anxious. It has an excellent checklist if you're prepared to stay at home, and has plenty of resources on how to take care of your mental health.

https://www.stockportmind.org.uk/

 

The UK Mental Health Foundation

The UK Mental Health Foundation also has a webpage that is full of useful advice and help about how to look after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak. They also have advice on how to talk to children about scary world news.

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/

 

Five Rivers

Five Rivers also have a very useful webpage that has hints and tips to manage your mental wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak.

https://five-rivers.org/news/keeping-yourself-safe-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/

 

Headspace

Headspace has some free, short and simple exercises and resources to help with mindfulness and sleeplessness.

https://www.headspace.com/covid-19

 

Purple Ella video about how to deal with coronavirus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIpvdMVnfGs&feature=youtu.be

 

 

We will be regularly updating information on @SMBC_SEND https://twitter.com/smbc_send?lang=en on twitter and Stockport Council SEND on Facebook (Hyperlink Facebook with https://m.facebook.com/groups/StockportCouncilSEND/?ref=share)

Keeping Safe and Well advice and support for parents, carers, children and school staff

Any change in routine can be unsettling for people – the information below is designed to support people to cope during this time and to grow in resilience in order to face these challenges with confidence. 

 

Support for children and young people

Children thrive on routine, so changes to their normal daily habits can be very unsettling. 

The Childline website has lots of information, advice and games to help children cope with change and difficult circumstances. 

Try their Build Your Happy Place and Boost Your Mood games: 

https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/games/build-your-happy-place/

https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/games/boost-your-mood/

 

The Beano website (beano.com) has games, quizzes and advice on understanding and coping with corona virus:

https://www.beano.com/posts/coronavirus-use-your-head-and-stop-the-spread

https://www.beano.com/posts/having-a-bad-day-here-are-5-ways-to-stay-positive

 

The Young Minds website has information on keeping calm and dealing with anxiety, try:

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/

 

The Big Life Journal (www.biglifejournal.com ) has resources for children and families on developing a growth mindset and developing resilience.  They’ve got a special offer on all their kits at the moment to help out families who are stuck at home.  Also, sign up for their free printables and listen to the podcasts. 

 

For children and young people who are particularly struggling with anxiety, the following online workbooks may be helpful.

Mighty Moe - an anxiety workbook for children aged 5-11 http://www.cw.bc.ca/library/pdf/pamphlets/Mighty%20Moe1.pdf

Worksheets for children, parents and teachers on tackling anxiety https://www.anxietybc.com/parenting/worksheets

Anxiety workbook for young people and adults https://www.mcgill.ca/counselling/files/counselling/anxiety_moodjuice _self_help_guide.pdf

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BSL Zone: Dave the Dog is worried about Coronavirus: A Nurse Dotty Story

Children can learn more about Coronavirus through this Nurse Dotty story in BSL.

https://www.bslzone.co.uk/watch/dave-the-dog

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Apps for Wellbeing

Stress & Anxiety Companion helps you handle stress and anxiety on the go. Using breathing exercises, relaxing music and games designed to calm the mind, the app helps you change negative thoughts to help you better cope with life's ups and downs.

Available free from the App Store and Google Play

Thrive: mental wellbeing helps you prevent and manage stress, anxiety and related conditions. The game-based app can be used to relax before a stressful situation or on a more regular basis to help you live a happier, more stress-free life.

Available free from the App Store and Google Play

Beat Panic is designed to guide people through a panic attack or raised anxiety using their phone. Available from the App Store

Chill Panda: Learn to relax, manage your worries and improve your wellbeing with Chill Panda. The app measures your heart rate and suggests tasks to suit your state of mind. Tasks include simple breathing techniques and light exercises to take your mind off your worries.

Available free from the App Store and Google Play

Catch it: Learn how to manage feelings like anxiety and depression with Catch It. The app will teach you how to look at problems in a different way, turn negative thoughts into positive ones and improve your mental wellbeing.

Available free from the App Store and Google Play

The NHS website (www.nhs.uk) has a library of apps it recommends - the apps detailed above are all on this list.