Getting Advice and Signposting

Resources for those who need advice and signposting.

Service group: All

Summary: London Borough of Camden website containing information for Camden residence about COVID-19. Information includes the latest NHS and government advice, updates on how the coronavirus is impacting council services, information and guidance on getting financial support, health and community support, and how to link with local community groups and services to help residence cope at staying at home. There is an option to get COVID-19 support on the public London Borough of Camden phone line: 020 7974 4444 (option 9).

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Additional needs based grouping: Getting Help

Service Group: All

Summary: A website created for children and young people, parents/carers and professionals to pool together helpful resources from across the internet that are available to help support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. This includes downloadable resources, information on Apps, books and videos, websites, and also COVID-specific information.

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Service group: All

Summary: Age UK provide guidance on how to cope with a range of feelings after the death of a loved one, including fear, anger and guilt.

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Service group: Children, young people and families

Summary: A video by Laverne Antrobus; Consultant Child Educational Psychologist, containing tips on managing worries about the virus if you feel they are becoming too much to handle. 

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Service group: All

Summary: Cruse have created a range of resources to share how bereavement and grief may be affected by this pandemic.

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Service group: Parents/carers

Summary: Government guidance for parents and carers on supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people during this time, including helplines and websites for children and young people to use.

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Service group: Adults

Summary: Childhood Bereavement Network provide guidance for adults supporting grieving children during this outbreak. 

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Service group: All

Summary: A guide for people who have survived a frightening medical experience such as being admitted to critical care, have been hospitalised due to COVID-19 relate issues, their family and friends, or health professionals who want to understand more about how to help with the psychological impacts of all of the above.

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Service Group: All

Summary: NHS webpage outlining how to recognise the signs of domestic violence and abuse, and where to get help. This offers advice specific to COVID-19, and also advice on how to best help a friend or someone you know if you spot any signs.

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Service group: All

Summary: Guidance for people within Camden who may be suffering domestic abuse, which has endured throughout the pandemic due to the enforced social distancing and isolation measures. This contains information of two support networks: Silent Solutions and Camden Safety Net, and outlines the overall contingency plan.

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Service group: Family/Parent/Carer

Summary:  Colourful poster, focusing on providing advice according to the 'FACE COVID' acronym. 

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Service group: Children and young people

Summary: A story created by Autism Speaks for children explaining the symptoms of the flu and how to prevent the spread of germs.

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Service Group: All

Summary: NHS webpage defining sexual assault and what to do if you think you are someone you know have been sexually assaulted. This also outlined COVID-specific guidance on what to do during these times, as well as including additional resources and helplines.

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Service group: All

Summary: A guide for supporting babies and young children with their feelings, in particular regarding the change that COVID-19 has brought, protecting against anxiety, thinking about everyone's feeings and how this has related to social distancing and isolation.

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Service group: Parents/carers

Summary: Brief and easy-to-read poster, aimed at parents, offering ways to help children cope with stress during this difficult time. 

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Service group: Parents/carers

Summary: Specific advice on how to talk to your toddler about grief and death. This article uses a Question and Answer approach to discuss the intricacies of discussing bereavement with your toddler, as well as providing a link to useful books for further information.

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Service group: Parents/carers

Summary: Resource for parents/carers outlining 12 tips for supporting your child if they are feeling anxious about COVID-19, as well as the contact details for helplines and chat options for immediate support.

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Service group: Parents/carers

Summary: A blog about managing the conversation sensitively when discussing traumatic events, and keeping in line with the child/young person’s identity, what they know and what the event means for them. Information on what to include, and how best to broach the conversation according to the child's age.

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Service group: All

Summary: Psychology Tools' guide provides helpful information about worry and anxiety and a range of tools you can use to look after your wellbeing during this time of global uncertainty due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Contains practical resources and worksheets to aid in this.

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Service group: All

Summary: A video from London Trauma Specialist about how to manage emotions in the time of COVID-19; including normalising our emotions, how to adjust to this time and being guided by how we feel.

Service group: Parents/carers

Summary: A child friendly resource that parents/carers can use with children to explain the coronavirus outbreak, with tips on how to help reduce the likelihood of getting or transmitting the virus.

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Service group: Staff

Summary: A COVID-19 response letter from MeeTwo, an anonymous NHS-approved mental health app designed for young people aged 11-25 in the UK. This letter details the support MeeTwo offers to young people during the COVID-19 crisis, including what young people have been saying about COVID-19 on the app and MeeTwo's capacity to provide support during this time.

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Additional needs based grouping: Getting Help

Service GroupAll

Summary: This webpage by the Anna Freud Centre aims to empower young people to make informed choices about their mental health and wellbeing. The pages within have been co-produced by young people in order to help other young people. This includes information on self-fare, a youth wellbeing directory and details about a Crisis messenger as well as much more.

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Additional needs based grouping: Thriving

Service group: Parents/carers

Summary: 8 succinct tips for preparing for Covid-19 in a trauma informed way. Also included is a link to advice from Childline.

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Service group: Parents/carers

Summary: This website gives some general advice and information on maintaining relationships within a family environment, including information on how to keep your relationship healthy during social isolation and how to keep your relationship alive. 

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Service group: All

Summary: Heads Together have published a free toolkit with resources and tips to help address anxiety arising from these challenging times. The toolkit includes a booklet to support schools, videos to provide practical guidance and tips to schools, parents/carers about coronavirus (COVID-19) and mental health, activities to ease anxiety that can be done at school or at home, and other helpful advice, helplines and resources for children, young people and adults.

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Service group: Children, young people and families

Summary: Information on a range of activities and strategies young people can use to look after their own mental health, with an option to select whether a particular strategy did help mental wellbeing, in order to guide further development of resources.

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Service group: Parents/carers

Summary: The Children's Society asked one of their wellbeing practitioners to share her top tips for dealing with conflict arising from spending more time with family, carers or friends at home, especially for those coping with pre-existing family problems.

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Service group: All

Summary: A self-help guide to help to recognise whether you might be experiencing symptoms of stress, understand what stress is, what causes it and what keeps it doing, and find ways to understand, manage or overcome your stress.

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Service group: Parents/Carers

Summary: This video, narrated by Peter Fuggle; Clinical Director at the Anna Freud Centre; provides guidance to parents and carers about how they can help children and young people manage their mental health and wellbeing during any disruption caused by COVID-19.

Service group: Parents/carers

Summary: Practical suggestions for parents/carers to cope with and overcome some of the negative implications of social distancing and social isolation.

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Service group: All

Summary: Thrive Inside is a special COVID-19 initiative to help you proactively support your psychological wellbeing while you're spending extended periods of time at home. They are a non-profit with links to an App providing evidence-based mindfulness resources and activities. Information also includes Mindfulness at School/Home/Word Programmes.

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Service group: Children, young people and families

Summary:  Every Mind Matters provide practical sleep guidance, including top tips to get to sleep and sleep better.

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Additional needs based groupings: Getting Help, Getting More Help, Getting Risk Support

Service group: Children, young people and families

Summary: If there are concerns about a young person's mental health during this difficult time, you can contact the Young Minds Helplines. Parents Helpline: If you are a parent who needs advice about your child’s mental health you can contact the Parents Helpline directly on 0808 802 between 9:30am-4pm. YoungMinds Crisis Messenger: If you are a young person experiencing a mental health crisis you can text YM to 85258 for free 24/7 support. 

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Service group: Parents/carers

Summary: This video gives advice to parents who are supporting neurodiverse children whilst self-isolating or social distancing. Practical activities are suggested, as well as advice on how to structure and maintain new routines.  


Service group: Parents/carers

Summary: This website provides information for families with young children on how to support the wellbeing of the whole family during this time. It provides links to helpful resources online as well as to child-appropriate content and entertainment.

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Service group: Parents/carers

Summary: Professor Sam Cartwright-Hatton discusses parental anxiety in relation to coronavirus. 


Service group: All

Summary: Anxiety UK Approved Therapist Michelle talks us through some mindfulness techniques for dealing with tolerating uncertainty.

Additional needs based groupings: Getting Help, Getting More Help

Service group: Children, young people and families

Summary: 75 easy and fun evidence-based strategies to help to calm kids down and develop strong emotional regulation skills.

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Thriving plus: resources for helping families at home

In the current climate the amount of content advising children, young people and families on how to manage their mental health and wellbeing may be...

Thriving

Resources for those whose current need is support to maintain mental wellbeing through effective prevention and promotion strategies.

Getting Help

Resources for those who need focused goals-based input.

Getting More Help

Resources for those who need more extensive and specialised goal-based help.

Getting Risk Support

Resources for those who have not benefited from or are unable to use help, but are of such a risk that they are still in contact with services.

Getting Advice and Signposting