We may now be having to spend more time at home, perhaps even isolated from friends, family and others that we know are vital to keeping ourselves mentally healthy. It may even be harder for us to do the things that normally help keep us well. There are things we can all do to look after our wellbeing during this time and beyond. We have gathered some information, links and resources that can help keep you informed and help you stay mentally healthy.
Wellbeing support for students and parents
Gov UK provides the latest government advice about dealing with COVID-19.
Please click here.
Shropshire Council General Enquiries can signpost you to different types of support in our area 03456789000.
Social Care First Point of contact is for adults who require first-time help, support or advice about social care 0345 678 9044 (Monday to Thursday, 8.45am to 5pm, and on Friday from 8.45am to 4pm). For emergency calls, you can still call the out of hours service on 0345 678 9040.
Beam is available for phone-based support for children and young people. They will offer advice and support on any concerns relating to mental and emotional wellbeing. Click here to find out more about their current service.
Click here to be directed to their website.
Kooth is free online support for young people. It provides online mental health and wellbeing support to young people aged 11-25 years in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin via any internet accessible device. Kooth provides an opportunity to interact in a supportive way with other young people as well as receive support from a team of qualified counsellors who are online from 12-noon until 10pm on weekdays and from 6pm until 10pm, 365 days a year.
Kooth have also announced a wellbeing support package specifically for farming families across England & Wales, as part of a partnership with Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI). For further information, please click on the following links to view the information sheet and poster.
Young Minds has information and support and a special link for parents and carers called ‘supporting your teens well-being’ – Click here. They also have a special link for young people called ‘coronavirus’ and your well being – click here.
Samaritans whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. They are there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Samaritans can be contacted on 01743 369696 /116 123 (UK), they are open 7 days a week.
ThinkNinja has specific COVID-19 content. This will bring self-help knowledge and skills to children and young people (10-18 years old) who may be experiencing increased anxiety and stress during the crisis.
STEM 4 provides support with mental health specifically for teenagers.
Autism West Midlands offers a specialist service, providing support for adults and children with autism.
The Mix is a leading support service for young people under 25 years of age. They are there to support with challenges faced – from mental health to financial issues to homelessness. Talk to them via their online community or through their counselling service.
Childline When you call 0800 1111 you will get through to a counsellor. They are there to listen and support you with anything you would like to talk about. Or you can have 1 to 1 councillor chat online.
Click here , please also see the following poster listing – 6 things you can do to help you feel good.
Parents Protect is a great resource for parents/carers, detailing the importance of keeping children safe both on and offline. Here is a link to 12 short films about how and why child sexual abuse happens, how to prevent harm from happening in the first place, and where to get help if something has already happened. Their confidential child sexual abuse prevention helpline (0808 1000 900) is available for anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse.
County Lines are operating in Shropshire, someone being exploited by a County Lines gang may show some of the signs listed here. If you believe someone may be vulnerable to County Lines activity, please contact West Mercia Police using the report it section here. In an emergency, use 999.
CAMHS Resources a collection of downloadable self-help guides relating to wellbeing
Shropshire Council have put together a booklet specifically for looking after your mental health during COVID-19, as well as support information it contains activity lists which you can complete.
Mind as well as offering support, the Mind website outlines some practical steps you can implement to support your wellbeing during COVID-19.
NHS outlines practical steps you can take at home to look after your mental wellbeing – click here.
They also have some advice and resources such as videos and quizzes if you are feeling anxious – here.
TogetherAll is a confidential, online mental health support community available 24/7. Poster.
Shropshire Council offer free counselling if you live in Shropshire and are struggling with the loss of a friend or loved one. Further information – here.
Shropshire Council’s Community Reassurance Team is there to help all residents across the county during the pandemic – please click here to find out more.
Shropshire Larder – With more people facing hardship in our local communities, we just wanted to share with you some information about the Shropshire Larder. This resource is the most comprehensive directory of services for people living in Shropshire on a low budget. It has information on how to access a foodbank or community food project, and how to eat well on a budget. It also covers how to get support with benefits, housing, and debt – shropshirelarder.org.uk | Shropshire Larder | Shropshire Food Poverty Alliance | www.shropshirefoodpoverty.org.uk
Find a local Foodbank – Food banks are grassroots, community organisations aimed at supporting people who cannot afford the essentials in life. If you are in financial crisis and live in England or Wales, you can call The Trussell Trust’s confidential free helpline on 0808 208 2138 (open Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm); or you can contact your local foodbank – details of which can be found on the following website, click here.
SJT – Looking after me
‘SJT – looking after me’ is a new wellbeing curriculum designed to offer support and strategies for students to consider and use. Students will have access to resources via Class Charts but you can also view some of our archived material here.
Week 1 is all themed around staying connected – download.
Week 2 is about the importance of routine – download.
Week 3 looks at the benefits of mindfulness – download.
Week 4 discusses the importance of relaxation techniques – download.
Sir John Talbot’s School Wellbeing Contact
If you have any concerns relating to wellbeing, please contact Mrs King, Pastoral Student Support Assistant – SJTPastoral@Sjt.mmat.org.uk who will be able to advise.