If parents are concerned about their own mental health or any other adult then the advice is to contact their GP or the Single Point of Access on 01924-316830 – they will assess need and refer to the appropriate Secondary Services.
If you are concerned for someone’s immediate safety ring 999.

People are encouraged to use self-help strategies – these guides can be printed and shared
https://web.ntw.nhs.uk/selfhelp/

It is important to acknowledge and accept that an increase in feelings of anxiety and worry are completely normal and usual in these circumstances.
Here are a few things to remember and hopefully to help:

  • Try and keep to a routine – try and use your day as you would if you were at a typical day – stick to times for getting up, eating and going to bed.
  • Add some structure to your day – have time for work and play – stick to meal times, bed time
  • Get some exercise – indoors or out.
  • Have the odd ‘lazy day’
  • It is likely sleep will be impacted – try and keep to good sleep hygiene – no screens before bed, no caffeine in the evenings.
  • Talk to each other about how you are feeling – keep it age appropriate but recognise everyone will be anxious in their own way.
  • Try not to increase alcohol consumption
  • Keep in contact with family & friends
  • Try to eat properly – plan meals, cook as a family.
  • Find time for yourself – we are not used to constant close proximity living!
  • There are lots of resources on the internet for activities to do as families.

For those who feel they need more there are a number of places to go to get additional self-help:

  • There are lots of Apps which can help with Mindfulness to assist with anxiety – HeadSpace and Calm being just 2, they have sections for children – there are also a number created just for children/teenagers which can help with relaxation and sleep.
  • Moodfit – helps you track and manage your moods. MoodMission – helps you develop coping skills. Happify – provides activities and games to reduce stress and build resilience – PLEASE NOTE THESE ARE JUST A FEW AND ARE NOT ENDORSED BY THE COUNCIL OR NHS – THERE ARE MANY MORE AND PEOPLE NEED TO FIND THE ONE THAT WORKS FOR THEM.
  • MIND and YOUNG MINDS are great resources for understanding and working through difficult emotional states
    https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/a-z-mental-health/

The following helplines can also provide information/guidance/support: