This week is Mental Health Awareness week and during the current situation, we need to be looking after our mental health more than ever.
Here at ACC we have Mental Health champions in each of our campuses. The ones in Manchester have created a long list of resources to support students and parents/carers during these times.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Anna Freud Foundation – This website has a helpful page with information about how to support children during the Covid-19 outbreak. It also includes advice for young people and education:
SANE – This offers mental health support to anyone affected by Mental Health, including family, friends and carers.
The Sleep Council – This looks at the importance of a sleep routine and helping young people and their families to adopt healthy sleep habits.
Mind – They offer advice and support to empower people experiencing mental health problems.
Young Minds – These are the UK’s leading charity for young people and children and can offer support to parents and practical advice.
Mental Health Foundation – a guide for Young People during Coronavirus
Function Central – a brilliant guide created to support the mental health and wellbeing of musicians (but also useful for non-musicians too!)
Shout – text 85258
Childline – Call 0800 11 11
Samaritans – Call 116 123
Apps to limit stress and worries
Calm Harm (self-harm) / Clear Fear (anxiety) / Combined Minds (family & friends)
HEADSPACE – a meditation and breathing app
Parentline is a helpline to offer advice and guidance on any aspect of family life.
Motherwell Cheshire is specifically counselling for mothers who are struggling and are facing their own anxiety difficulties often in combination with their child’s difficulties.
Bereavement and Loss
The Dove Service provides bereavement and counselling support to children and young people.
Grief Encounter supports bereaved children and their families.
Self-harm and risk-taking behaviour
Harmless – advice for families and for people who self harm
SelfHarm UK – a project dedicated to young people impacted by self harm providing a safe space to talk.
The fearless.org website has a range of free downloadable educational resources which include some serious topics if you are genuinely concerned about the serious risk taking behaviours of a young person close to you
BEAT – providing support for those affected by eating disorders