Mental Health Awareness Week
Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,
Looking after your mental health during lockdown.
It's Mental Health Awareness Week and, whether or not we've experienced mental health problems before, this is a really difficult time for almost all of us. Many of us are feeling the strain of being kept apart from friends, family and loved-ones, while the backdrop of coronavirus can be scary and unsettling.
This year's theme is kindness and we would like to share some useful resources and guidance that some of you might find helpful.
Take a look through some of them. if you do choose to share one, or all of these please be aware of staggering the information so as not to overload yourselves or the students.
Kooth.com - online support
We would like to make you all aware of a service called Kooth. Kooth.com is a confidential support service for all young people in Lambeth. It is a safe means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support.
Counsellors are available from 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every single day of the year. Outside counselling hours’ you can message our team and get support by the next day.
When you register with Kooth you will have support available now and in the future. Join the Kooth community and you can also read and post articles, forums and discussion boards too.
To find out more visit www.Kooth.com . Registration only takes a few minutes.
Here’s a short video that explains more: https://vimeo.com/318731977
A short video to remind us all of small kindnesses that will make a real difference.
Other helpful resources.
There are some great tools out there that can help you maintain good mental health. Different things work for different people, so we've included everything from Headspace for mindfulness to Chill Panda to reduce your anxiety levels
This article was written for people coping with stress at work and school. But it contains some great tips to stop stress building as you manage your study routine at home, from diet and exercise to keeping in touch with friends and taking breaks.
A short film from our partners at Sussex University
Young Minds have a page which tackles specific concerns during the pandemic. It provides links to more detailed resources, specialist help and case studies to help you cope with certain conditions such as OCD and eating disorders. Advice for parents too - living with and supporting children and young people.
Mind has a special information hub for young people. It contains some basic medical information about coronavirus as well as guidance on how you can look after your well-being and mental health at home
Take care everyone.