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If coronavirus is affecting your mental health – don’t delay, self-refer today.
Health experts in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) are encouraging local people to seek mental health support if they have been left feeling anxious, stressed or depressed by COVID-19 and the impact of lockdown.
The Let’s Talk - Wellbeing service offers a range of talking therapies for common mental health problems including depression, anxiety, panic, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma and stress. The support available includes one to one sessions via telephone or video conferencing with a therapist, online support through the dedicated digital platform Silvercloud which can be used at any time on any device, and online videos and interactive webinars covering different topics such as stress control, anxiety management and self-care.
The service now also has one phone number to cover the City, County and Rutland making referrals even easier. Open the document below to access the phone number you can call.
Please also see the attached advice from the Young Minds charity to support parents with their children.
As a nation, we are all in the same boat. Try not to get stressed about the home learning or make your children feel stressed about it. Children are all learning at home and when we do come back to school the children will all be in a similar position. Teachers will know this and will plan accordingly. Do not put undue pressure on yourself to make sure your child doesn’t ‘fall behind’, you can only do your best.
We are very aware that children behave very differently at home than they do at school, in terms of behaviour. It may be a good opportunity to teach your child different skills. At the Hall we talk to them about resilience about them being responsible for themselves, having self-control and patience. If the children imagined their parents were writing a report for their teacher what would it say?
Support for Children
Some children may be worried about what is happening and the changes that are in place. Our children are also the heroes at this time. Their worlds are very different at the moment and they are doing their best in difficult times. Childline have produced some resources specifically for children who are feeling worried, anxious or sad.
There are several books that have been produced, that explain what coronavirus is in a child appropriate manner. There are a few examples of stories attached below for parents to choose from.
The first one is illustrated by Axel Scheffler (of The Gruffalo) and is a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist. The book answers key questions in simple language and is appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds.
During these times we need to stand together as one community, support each other and support those who are helping people who need it the most.