Mental Health Week: What Parents and Carers Need to Know About Supporting Children to Express Themselves Safely Online
It’s Children’s Mental Health Week – and with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic still very much being felt around the world, the event has come at an especially relevant time. So which online activities can help to boost young people’s self-esteem? And how can make sure they’re doing it safely? Find out with our Guide below on follow the link: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/hub/view/guide/supporting-children-to-express-themselves
It’s #childrensmentalhealthweek2021! We are proud to work alongside some amazing agencies and charities such as Listening Post – https://www.facebook.com/DarloListeningPost/ Kooth – https://www.kooth.com/, Mind – https://en-gb.facebook.com/DarlingtonMindLtd/ https://www.darlingtonmind.com/ and Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families https://www.annafreud.org/ to help support our students as they grow. There will be a virtual assembly this Wednesday relating to Children’s Mental Health Week, look out for this on Teams! You could also check out the Darlington Mind you tube videos https://youtu.be/5rPJYJudvHs
Please find attached further information for psychological therapy support delivered by the Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Trust. This is available for the North East workforce including Darlington. There is also a new winter wellness campaign and details for how you can receive resources. Winter wellness free resources (1) Whole system Poster inc police, fire, prisons second distribution 13.11.20
‘On My Mind’ aims to empower young people to make informed choices about their mental health and wellbeing. These pages have been co-produced by young people to help other young people. https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/
Please refer to the Crisis Card image below for a list of contacts for help and guidance. Developed by Darlington Borough Council Public Health Team.
Please refer to the photo below for guidance on how to cope with lockdown in the winter
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is a children’s mental health charity with over 60 years’ experience of caring for young minds. Our vision is a world in which children and their families are effectively supported to build on their own strengths to achieve their goals in life.
The Listening Post
The Listening Post was established in 2017 as a distinct project of DACYM (Darlington Area Churches Youth Ministry). The Listening Post is a listening and mentoring project that seeks to help young people with low level mental health and well-being issues in order to prevent them escalating into something more long-lasting.
Leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. The crisis in children and young people’s mental health is real and it is urgent. More children and young people than ever before are reaching out for help with their mental health. But for those who take that brave step, help is much too hard to find. Together, we are changing this. We’re fighting for young people’s mental health.
Young people can experience a range of mental health problems. Childhood and teenage years are a time when you are usually changing rapidly and developing all the time. You also often have to cope with many different situations and unfamiliar challenges like exams, relationships and the other pressures of growing up.
We’re here for you, whatever’s on your mind. We’ll support you. Guide you. Help you make decisions that are right for you. Our tips and techniques, ideas and inspirations, can help you feel more in control. You can access them in your own time, at your own pace! We have many useful ways to provide help and support including free 24 hour helpline, online 1:1 counselling support, information and advice board and toolbox kits.
XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults. Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use. This provides young people a counselling service online, it is available Monday – Friday: 12pm – 10pm and Saturday & Sunday: 6pm – 10pm.
Online guide to life for 16-25 year olds. Straight-talking emotional support is available 24 hours a day. Chat about any issue on our moderated discussion boards and live chat room.
Mental illness and suicidal thoughts can affect anyone, of any age, of any background, at any time. Like with physical illnesses, people don’t choose to have a mental health problem. And they need the appropriate care to get better. Mental illness and suicidal thoughts are common issues for young people. It can be difficult to know if a child is suffering as they often keep it to themselves. But we’re here to help you spot the signs and know how to support them.
Charity for the prevention of young suicide, offering confidential support and awareness training.
Information on youth counselling.
We offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you.
If something’s troubling you, get in touch:
Telephone our branch: 01325 465465 (local call charges apply) 01325 488679 (Recruitment Line Answer Phone)
National telephone: 116 123 (this number is free to call)
Email Samaritans: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit our branch: Samaritans Darlington13 Woodland RoadDarlingtonCounty DurhamDL3 7BJ
CAMHS (Crisis and Liaison team)
The crisis and liaison team provide mental health support to young people (up to the age of 18) who are experiencing a crisis with their mental health.
In a mental health emergency you can contact your local CAMHS crisis and liaison team using the number below.
Telephone: 0800 0516 171 (this number is free to call)
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.