Health & Well-being
During these uncertain times, you might find yourself feeling worried about the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 and its impact on you, your family and friends. It is normal to feel this way and it is important that we acknowledge them and to look after our physical and mental health.
You might find keeping up-to-date with new information helps you feel empowered, or you might find if overwhelming. Over the coming days and weeks, it is important that you take proactive steps to maintain a routine, do things you enjoy and give yourself a sense of normality.
The following external organisations have provided guidance:
- Anxiety UK: "Health and other forms of anxiety and coronavirus"
- BBC: "Coronavirus: How to manage Anxiety and OCD during the pandemic"
- Beat Eating Disorders: "Eating Disorders and Coronavirus"
- OCD-UK: "OCD and Coronavirus Top Tips"
- Student Minds: "Support for a Friend"
- Managing Information Overload: “a lot of varied resources to promote emotional wellbeing, including videos, articles, podcasts for lots of different situations and needs.”
- Racial Injustice - "2 Tips for parents on how to talk to young people about the protests about racial injustice in America, the Uk and around the World"
- Managing Your Mental Health: "Managing Your Mental Health and Wellbeing During Any Disruption Caused By The Coronavirus"
- The Childhood Bereavement Network: 'The hub for those working with bereaved children'
- Winston's Wish: 'The UK's first bereavement charity'
- Mental Health Advice: "For Parents and Young People"
- Anxiety: "How To Work With Anxiety In Children and Young People"
- MIND: "How to Manage Your Own Wellbeing At The Current Time"
- Sane: 'Emotional Support'
- Cruse Bereavement Care: 'Support for grief and bereavement'
- Parent - Emotional well-being: Merton Children and Young People's Wellbeing Service -self referrals are being accepted over the summer for young people struggling with low mood or a lack of motivation; those feeling fearful or anxious about returning to school; or for those whose sleep routine has been affected by lockdown. Please see flyer below and contact the service directly for a chat and a referral form.
- NHS: "information on how to maintain healthy Vitamin D levels"
- Asthma UK: "Health Advice For People With Asthma"
- Health: "How to wear a fabric face mask safely"
- Merton School Nursing Team Duty Line - 02081023350
(For more information please see the Merton School Nurse Duty Line PDF attached at the bottom of this page)
- Internet Safety: "What Parents Need To Know About the Houseparty App
- Advice From Childline and O2: "Internet Safety"
- National Crime Agency: "Internet Safety Worksheet"
- Fullfact: "How you can fact check claims about the new coronavirus"
- Top tips for staying safe online:
- Anna Freud Centre: "help young people manage their mental health and wellbeing"
- Talkofftherecord: 'Helpline'
- Calmharm: 'Worried about Self-harm?'
- Anna Freud: How to look after your own mental health
- Hope Again: Cruse Bereavement Care
- Anna Freud: A self care pack for the summer
Emergency Mental Health Support for Young People
Create a routine to adapt to your own circumstances. Work it out with your family and be realistic. It’s the routine that’s important, not so much what’s in it, although the more variety you can include in it the better. Also try and differentiate between a Mon to Fri routine, and something a little more informal and relaxed on the weekends. It might help keep track of what day it is, which seems to be a problem for everyone at the moment!
Viruses Vs The Human brain:
COVID 19 Daily Care Cards:
Free Resources & Things To Do
A free downloadable book - The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children in Lockdown
A sample chapter from "The Floor is Lava" - new fun games to try out at home
For All You Budding Designers, See What You Can Create From The Recycling At Home. New Projects Every Wednesday
Have some fun learning about art - Learn About Art