Below are some key resources that parents can access if they are struggling and need some support:
- Every Mind Matters: There is advice and signposting on this page to help parents to support their own mental health and wellbeing. There are also resources on this page for parents to help them to provide support to their children and young people in their life.
- Good Thinking: online support for parents can be found here. There is advice and signposting (lots of free resources) for anxiety, low mood, stress, problems with sleeping etc.
- Specific support for BAME children and parents: Barnardo’s has a helpline which is for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic young people and families. You can find more information on this here.
Click here to access support from the Anna Freud Centre. It has a number of ideas and guidance on self-care, but also - very helpfully - links to where you can go for crisis mental health support for yourselves or others if you need it over the summer.
Click here for the Government's advice for parents and carers on protecting children from abuse and harm.
It is really important that all our families look after themselves during this particularly challenging time. Social media does not give reliable information about the current situation, so please ensure that children are given guidance about the information they are getting and that they do not spend too much time on their devices.
BBC Own It App updated for COVID-19
The BBC's Own It app helps young people new to social media manage their well-being, whilst empowering children to make smart choices, and helping them to lead a positive life online.
The Own It app and keyboard lets children:
- get advice whenever they type
- track their feelings
- win badges as they reflect
- find help when they need it
- taking quizzes to learn more about themselves
The app also includes a special keyboard to use which offers helpful tips and friendly advice to children when they need it. The app can be downloaded here.
You can also access Camden Rise, which provides information and support for young people here.
Kooth- a free confidential online support for Young People’s mental health and is now available in Camden providing a free confidential online mental health and wellbeing service to young people via any internet accessible device. Kooth offers young people the opportunity to have a text-based conversation with a qualified counsellor, who are available from
- 12noon to 10pm on weekdays
- 6pm to 10 pm at weekends
- Every day of the year on a drop-in basis.
Outside these counselling hours young people can message the Kooth team and get support by the next day. Young people can also access booked online counselling sessions as needed.
To contact Kooth, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are a number of other organisations who are offering support for families cope with the stress and uncertainty of these times:
Catholic Children’s Society – Crisis Fund - https://www.cathchild.org.uk/crisis-fund/
Gingerbread – Charity supporting single parent families - https://www.gingerbread.org.uk/coronavirus/
Family Action – https://www.family-action.org.uk/what-we-do/grants/
Childline - https://www.childline.org.uk/
Anna Freud - https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/
Mental Health Foundation - https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak
BBC News - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799