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Mental Health Resources

Keep this resource pack handy if you need to access mental health or emotional suport for you or someone in your family.

Children and Young Adults

Axel Scheffler has illustrated 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. 

 

Books beyond words have a selection of free resources to support people through the coronavirus pandemic. Have a look at Good Days and Bad Days During Lockdown.

 

YoungMinds specialise in children and young people's mental health. They have information and support for a number of areas of concern including anxiety, low mood, self-isolation, eating disorders and loosing a loved one.

 

There are so many toys and activities for children to use to express their emotions. Try free downloadables (like the LEGO one below) or check out the range at Sensory Euducation. We really like these ones:

Feelings Wall Mirror

Emotion Stones

Emotions Interactive Circular Carpet

 

Try making a LEGO "Today I feel" emotions chart. These free lego themed resources allow a child to communicate how they feel, by choosing from a range of emotion heads for their lego man. They help with identifying emotions, and could also be used to help a child communicate how they feel about different options. They can be printed for free by clicking here

 

Safe Hands Thinking Minds have some resources to support children and adults around anxiety, worry, stress, and fears; including specific Covid anxieties.

 

BBC Bitesize offers a growing page of SEND information and resources including advice on supporting children's wellbeing and mental health.

Do you need to talk to your child about the death of a loved one in the context of COVID-19? If you find yourself in this very sad and difficult position, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust have produced a short animation and downloadable children's book will support you in having these conversations. A hard copy of the Saying Goodbye book is also readily available for your child to personalise and keep. Please ring 028 9615 0934 or email PaedsPsychology@belfasttrust.hscni.net to request a free copy. There is also created a version which can be printed out: https://adobe.ly/3aphMF7

 

The Childhood Bereavement Network has resources to help children and young people cope with the serious illness and death of someone they love.

 

Adults

Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. People with autism or a learning disability (or both) are more likely to experience mental health problems than the general population. This can be because those of us with autism or a learning disability often have access to fewer resources and support to help develop coping skills, can experience more negative life events, and face stigma and discrimination from people and services as a result of a disability. Biology and genetics may also increase the likelihood of developing a mental health problem. However, the mental health of people with autism or a learning disability (or both) is often overlooked or ignored. That’s why it’s really important that the services people with autism and learning disabilities use, are able to properly identify mental health problems so people can get the right support at the right time.   

Mencap has a dedicated helpline you can call if you need someone to talk to.

 

Resources for Autism - Life for a person with an autism spectrum condition already has its challenges. Now, as the world experiences a period of uncertainty, those on the spectrum may be feeling anxiety at the sudden changes occurring. As you are forced to adapt your daily routine, stay indoors, and undertake a period of isolation from your support networks, we understand the difficulties that come with this period of transition. Feelings of fear, loneliness, and boredom can start to take over. To help you through this challenging time, we have collated some self-help resources focused on anxiety that will support you in the weeks ahead.

Keep Safe offers a range of easy read posters which are updated with the latest coronavirus guidance. This one is especially important now and always - please share it widely.

Have a look at these booklets from the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability  

Feeling Down: Adapted Step Up Booklet 

Feeling Anxious about Coronavirus Booklet

 

Parents and Carers

Jami is the mental health service for the Jewish Community. During the coronavirus they are offering telephone suport, online facilitated groups and activities and outreach support.

 

Flamingo Chicks has made a gentle movement and relaxation class specially designed for parents, carers, and support workers of disabled children. We recognise that it's an especially challenging time and so this class will help you enjoy time for yourself, promoting a sense of calm and relaxation. 

 

Everyone

Norwood's lead psychotherapist Rebecca Redhouse and senior social worker Alex Amzallag have gone in front of the camera on Facebook Live to demonstrate the 3,2,1 technique to help children (and adults) calm their thoughts. 

Written by: The JWeb Team