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Mental health and wellbeing

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and subsequent lockdown is an unprecedented situation in modern times. It is hard to gauge the full impact that the situation is having on children and young people’s mental heath and wellbeing.

If you are concerned about your child’s mental health and you think they need professional support, speak to the school and your GP about the best next step.

Here are some resources – additional information is also available from the Mental Health Foundation:

  • MindEd, a free educational resource from Health Education England on children and young people’s mental health
  • Rise Above, which aims to build resilience and support good mental health in young people aged 10 to 16
  • Every Mind Matters, which includes an online tool and email journey to support everyone to feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing
  • Bereavement UK and the Childhood Bereavement Network provide information and resources to support bereaved pupils, schools and staff.

Mental health toolkit

Young people have helped to shape a new wellbeing support kit called #GrowYourHappy.

The online kit is an easy to digest page filled with ideas for young people to embrace taking care of their mental health.

With everything from playlist recommendations to links to resources to get specialised help #GrowYourHappy takes a positive look at the things young people can do to take care and look after their mental wellbeing.

The online space which is a padlet has been created by the Youth Council of St Helens and has been tailored by young people for young people including suggestions of how to be kind and positive messages to inspire your day.

You can see the work of the young people and join your messages and tips online at https://padlet.com/StHelensYC/growyourhappy.

To find out more about #GrowYourHappy you can also visit the St Helens Youth Service Instagram account @youthservicesth.