We all 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.

You may find the tools, information and links below useful to support yourself 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 while at home

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 you 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 are active on your daily walk and connect with others by writing letters or phoning family and friends. Consider what else you can you do to get the 5 ways to wellbeing into every day.

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:

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 old.

Samaritans 116 123 is a free and confidential helpline for young people and adults from the age of 18 years old.

Papyrus provide 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.

Carers UK provides guidance for those who are caring for others

UK Youth provide young people access to appropriate, high quality services in their local community or online.

 

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.

Childcare, school and college information

The Early Help and Family Information Service Directory has information about registered childcare available in your area for vulnerable children and key worker children during the coronavirus outbreak.

Guidance from the Department of Education

Additional and Accessible Information