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Mental Health and Wellbeing

Parent, Carer and Family Support

 

Free 1:1 Advice from Parenting Coaches

https://parents.actionforchildren.org.uk/about

Parenting coaches available to support you via live chat. They’ll listen, take time to understand your situation, and offer ideas to help. Between them, they’ve seen and heard every kind of parenting question or worry. They’re qualified support workers, childminders, play practitioners and teachers

 

Family Support Group

https://www.dorsetmindyourhead.co.uk

Dorset Mind Your Head Parent Community private Facebook Group provides educational and therapeutic resources, peer support, signposting and tips and advice on helping young people live life mentally healthy. Find us by searching ‘Dorset Mind Your Head Parent Community’ on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/groups/940511656393060/?ref=share

 

Online Articles & Resources

Emotional regulation A great resource for supporting children with regulating their emotions

https://srhd.org/media/documents/Emotional20Regulation1.pdf

 

Making Sense of Sensory Behaviour ( A Practical Guide) - A really informative guide with plenty of ideas and strategies to try at home

https://www.falkirk.gov.uk/services/social-care/disabilities/docs/young-people/Making%20Sense%20of%20Sensory%20Behaviour.pdf?v=201507131117

 

A-Z Guide - A Really helpful list of articles including ideas to help your child

https://www.youngminds.org.uk/parent/a-z-guide/

 

Podcasts 

Keep CAHMS and Carry On

https://anchor.fm/camhs-g

A series of podcasts , some of which are relevant for parents of younger children, some older e.g managing challenging behaviour, ways of managing stress or ideas for mood-boosting exercise in children.

 

Online Parenting Course

https://www.careforthefamily.org.uk/courses/courses-for-parents

A gentle and helpful course for any parent or carer 

 

Surf Therapy

The Wave Project

https://www.waveproject.co.uk/surf-therapy-2

Surf therapy programmes for children and young people aged 8 to 21. Specialised surf therapy session once a week for six weeks

 

Counselling

https://www.the-listening-ear.org

Professional and confidential counselling service within local schools to children and young people aged 5 -19 across Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAMHS resources

A really helpful website which includes, downloadable self-help activities, information guides, videos and more 

 

https://www.camhs-resources.co.uk

 

 

Calming Activities, Mindfulness, Breathing, Yoga Videos and More...

Childline Calm-Zone

https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone

 

An activity for grounding and calming

https://kristinamarcelli.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/hold-a-sense-of-inner-peace-with-you-wherever-you-go/

 

Just Breathe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVA2N6tX2cg

A video aimed at children to help them feel calmer

 

150 Sensory Learning Ideas

https://inclusiveteach.com/2020/03/20/150-sensory-learning-ideas

 

'100 positive things every kid needs to hear'

https://raising-independent-kids.com/100-positive-things-every-kid-needs-hear

 

 

 

 

Apps for Wellbeing and Mental Health

A list of apps complied by Dorset Young Minds

http://dorsetmindyourhead.co.uk/minding-my-head/apps-for-wellbeing-and-mental-health

 

Stop, Breathe and Think App

https://www.stopbreathethink.com

Check in with how you're feeling and try short activities tuned to your emotions

 

Smiling Mind App

https://www.smilingmind.com.au

A great app with age specific mindfulness resources, including a new resource, 'Thrive Inside'.

Thrive Inside is a special program to help you stay psychologically healthy while you're spending extended periods of time at home.

 

Cosmic Kids Yoga and Mindfulness App  

https://www.cosmickids.com

This app often has a two week trial available

Telephone Helplines

Samaritans - Call 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org (24 hours a day, 365 days a year)

If you need to talk to someone, the Samaritans can help- they offer emotional support and a listening ear 25 hours a day, 365 days a year. This is a freephone number that can even be called from a mobile that has no credit. Your call will not appear on the phone bill.

 

Childline - Call 0800 1111 (24 hours)

Comforts, advises and protects children 24 hours a day and offers free confidential counselling.

 

NSPCC Helpline - Call 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk

If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, contact our professional counsellors for help, advice and support.

 

CALM Helpline - Call 0800 58 58 58

https://www.thecalmzone.net/

Confidential support for men, 7 days a week, 5pm to midnight, free

 

National Domestic Abuse Helpline - Call 0808 2000 247

Free, confidential, 24 hour helpline

https://www.starsdorset.org

 

Women's Aid - Live Chat https://chat.womensaid.org.uk

https://www.womensaid.org.uk/covid-19-coronavirus-safety-advice-for-survivors

Information and support for women  experiencing domestic violence

 

www.womensaid.org.uk/covid-19-coronavirus-safety-advice-for-survivors

 

STARS Dorset - Call 01202 308855

STARS is a pan-Dorset charity that offers one to one support, free of charge, for anyone of any age or gender who lives, works or studies in Dorset and has experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their life.

 

BCP Community Coronavirus Support

You can request help with deliveries of food and other essentials as well as support with loneliness and wellbeing. Call - 0300 1231752 (8am-8pm, 7 days a week)

 

Citizens Advice Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Providing advice on issues such as debt management and welfare benefits, housing, immigration and asylum, employment, consumer complaints and landlord-tenant disputes.

Due to increased demand for this service Citizens Advice advice people to use the website first.

https://www.citizensadvicebcp.org.uk

Call - 03444 111 444

 

Mosaic family Support - Call 01258 837071

https://mosaicfamilysupport.org

Supporting bereaved children

 

Winston's Wish - Call 08088 020021

https://www.winstonswish.org

Supports bereaved children, young people and their families

 

Space Youth Project

https://www.spaceyouthproject.co.uk

 

A local charity which aims to support young people who are or may be LGBT+ and 'empowers them to have positive self-esteem,to know they are supported, to have a sense of community and to overcome issues caused or intensified by prejudice in order to facilitate freedom of expression'.

Supporting your child during the coronavirus outbreak

Government guidance on supporting children and young people's mental health during the coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

 

'Many ways to share a hug' - Social Story

https://www.childhood.org.au/app/uploads/2020/04/hug_HR.pdf

 

Ten tips for talking to your child

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/#ten-tips-from-our-parents-helpline

 

How to tell children and young people that someone is seriously ill

https://www.winstonswish.org/telling-children-young-people-serious-illness

 

A lovely, printable 14 day mindfulness activity challenge

https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Coronavirus-home-challenge.pdf

 

My 2020 Covid-19 Time Capsule

 https://www.dropbox.com/s/po5rmhnau24vcg4/2020%20Covid-19%20time%20capsule%20sheets.pdf?dl=0

A great printable resource for children

 

A coronavirus story

https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Coronavirus-story-for-children-1.pdf

 

Dr Chris and Dr Xand are here to tell you why the coronavirus might not be as scary as it sounds.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51342366

 

Action for Happiness - Coping Calendar

https://www.actionforhappiness.org/calendars

 

 

BCP Community Coronavirus Support

https://www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/News/News-Features/COVID19/Community-Response/Community-Response.aspx

You can request help with deliveries of food and other essentials as well as support with loneliness and wellbeing. Telephone - 0300 1231752 (8am-8pm, 7 days a week)

 

 

 

Helpful Articles

The discomfort you're feeling is grief

https://hbr.org/2020/03/that-discomfort-youre-feeling-is-grief

 

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