Other mental health support available:
For tips, advice and where to get support for you/your child's mental health during the coronavirus pandemic: visit Young Minds. As well as a great website (packed full of helpful info), YoungMinds also has a Parents Helpline (call free on 0808 802 5544 - Mon-Fri 9.30am - 4pm).
ChatHealth is a text messaging service (available on 07507 332160) to support young people in Hampshire. It's an easy way for young people 11-19 to confidentially ask for help with a range of issues. The service is manned by qualified school nurses who have a wealth of experience of working with young people. ChatHealth is available Monday to Friday from 9am-4.30pm (excluding bank holidays).
The NSPCC has got some fantastic resources for children and parents - as well as Childline support too.
The Children’s Commissioner has created a children’s guide to coronavirus to help explain the situation.
For practical advice and information if you're affected by anxiety, stress or anxiety-based depression, you can visit: Anxiety UK. In response to the coronavirus, they're extending their info-line opening hours to Mon-Fri (9.30am - 5pm) and weekends (from 10am - 8pm). Call 0344 477 5774; email email@example.com; or text 07537 416905. You can also join #coronanxiety webinars and support groups, around topics such as OCD, uncertainty and claustrophobia at www.anxietyuk.org.uk/coronanxiety-support-resources.
The Mix is a support service for young people, helping you take on any challenge you’re facing (from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs). Visit their website to find info about coronavirus and ideas for things to do while staying home. The Mix’s emotional support services are open as normal – and if you’re under 25 you can talk to them about anything that’s troubling you over the phone (0808 808 4994 from 4-11pm), email or webchat. You can also use their online counselling service.
The National Autistic Society have ideas and suggestions for supporting someone with autism around routine change, anxiety and sensory issues such as hand washing. You can contact their helpline for information and advice (Monday to Thursday 10am-4pm and Fridays 9am-3pm) on 0808 800 4104.
Beat Eating Disordershas information on coronavirus, your child’s treatment and changes to food routines at www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/coronavirus. Their helplines are open 365 days a year (from 12-8pm on weekdays and from 4-8pm on weekends and bank holidays). Their Youthline (for under 18s) is: 0808 801 0711 and Studentline (for all students) is: 0808 801 0811. There is also an email for young people: firstname.lastname@example.org and one for students: email@example.com.