We understand parents and young people will have questions and worries about the coronavirus, especially as things are changing quickly as we find out more about the virus.

Focus on being calm, having enough to do, staying connected with others remotely and being safe.

 

Whether you are a parent or a young person, you may find the tools, information and links below useful to support yourself and others during this time.

 

For more general information from the government and Dudley Council on COVID-19 see Dudley Council’s coronavirus webpage.

Things to do while at home

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You might enjoy trying some of these activities and challenges while at home.

Talking about coronavirus

You might have some worries about coronavirus and everything that is going on. Public Health England has put together some information to explain coronavirus and Young Minds has advice to help you manage any concerns you may have.

 

Other resources to support parents and carers to have conversations with you include:

  • Place2Be A guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and support family wellbeing.
  • Young Minds Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing:
  • Carers UK Guidance for carers

Staying healthy

Along with staying at home, there are lots of things you can do to look after your physical and mental health.

Washing hands more regularly will help keep you well. Here’s a reminder how we should all be washing our hands.

Public Health England has put together some information about looking after your feelings and body and don’t forget good sleep is important too. Here are some tips for getting a good night’s sleep.

It is also important to look after your mental health.  The 5 ways to wellbeing are a set of actions that can be used every day to help do this.

You could learn how to make a meal, give your family a hand with some jobs around the house, notice what’s around you when you get active on your daily walk and connect with others by writing letters or phoning family and friends. What else can you do to get the 5 ways to wellbeing into your day today?

It’s important to stay hydrated, especially in the heat, here is a checklist to help you keep cool at home and some tips to beat the heat from Public Health England.

Places to find support

There is lots of support and help available for you. Here are some helpful links:

School Nurses are offering the following services Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

  • Telephone advice and support for parents and school children
  • Emotional health and wellbeing support for school age children

To access the School Nurse services call 01384 408990 or email Shropcom.dudleyadminteam@nhs.net

iZone is a website with links to local and national organisations to support and help young people

Young Minds has lots of useful information for young people about mental health and they also have a parent helpline available if they want some advice.

Childline 0800 11 11 is a free and confidential helpline for children and young people up to 18 years of age.

Papyrus provides confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about them through their Hopeline 0800 068 4141. They also have some coping and distraction strategy resources and ideas on their website.

 

For parents and carers there is guidance from Public Health England to help you support your child’s mental health.

Staying safe

While at home you may find yourself using the internet more than ever. It’s important to stay safe online and be aware of scams and Phishing emails.

Anyone in England who tests positive for Covid-19 will be contacted by the NHS Test & Trace service, people are being advised to be aware of Test and Trace Scams.

Dudley Safe and Sound Help Hub and Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership have lots of useful information to keep yourself and others safe.

Other useful information

Bereavement

If someone dies and you need some help to cope with how you’re feeling, Hopeagain is a safe place where you can learn from other young people, how to cope with grief, and feel less alone.

For parents and carers Cruse and Dudley Council have information about how children and young people may react and how you can support them.

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