Archive March 2020
Resources for children
Here are a number of resources that have been shared with us. We will add to this list throughout the coronavirus situation.
- SEND – Covid-19 advice for parents with young children
- Advice for parents helping children understand Covid-19
Mindup – Activities for children to do at home
- Cosmic Yoga Kids – website filled with activities and things to do whilst staying in
- Joe Wicks – Live daily P.E lessons starting at 9:00am
Here are a number of resources that have been shared with us, which could help to contribute to a greater health and mental well-being during lockdown.
- Good Thinking – A website for adults looking for resources to support their mental health and wellbeing
- Anna Freud – Advice for Parents and Guardians as well as schools dealing with school closures
- Young Minds – A website for young people on managing anxiety about the outbreak and self-isolating
- Harmonious Choir – The choir usually meets on Thursdays from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm on Zoom.
- Calm – A set of free meditation/mindfulness exercises
- Wanderlust – Online yoga and meditation platform
- Gym Mondo – Online gym
- Free Online Courses – Distract yourself by doing an online course and learning a new skill
- Westminster Library – Join the Westminster online library for free
- Artsy – Do a free online art class
Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust has moved the service it normally offers in emergency departments. Our 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service, at St Pancras Hospital, will now see people in need of care so that they do not have to go to a hospital emergency department unless they have an urgent medical need.
Emergency departments are under unprecedented pressure due to COVID-19 – the illness caused by coronavirus. They are urging people in mental health crisis to telephone their 24/7 crisis line on 020 3317 6333 6333 or contact their usual community mental health team. If service users attend the 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service in person they will be seen but they are being urged to contact the crisis line in advance for advice to ensure you are only leaving home when absolutely necessary.
Nurses and doctors from their liaison and crisis teams will be at the service to treat people and refer them to the best service to meet their needs.
People not should attend the Mental Health Assessment Service if they have symptoms of COVID-19 – a fever, cough and difficulty breathing. If anyone has these symptoms, they should stay at home and use the NHS111 online service to report their symptoms. If they are in mental health crisis and have COVID-19 symptoms, they should telephone the crisis line on: 020 3317 6333
Where and when it operates:
The Mental Health Assessment Service is now open 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the Bloomsbury Building on the St Pancras Hospital site, 4 St Pancras Way, London NW1 0PE
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The World Health Organisation has issued advice to help support children cope wtih stress during the Coronavirus outbreak. Click here to find out more.
Coronavirus has plunged the world into uncertainty and the constant news about the pandemic can feel relentless. All of this is taking its toll on people’s mental health, particularly those already living with conditions like anxiety and OCD. So how can we protect our mental health?
Being concerned about the news is understandable, but for many people it can make existing mental health problems worse.
When the World Health Organization released advice on protecting your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak, it was welcomed on social media.
As Mind in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster’s CEO, Simon Thompson explains, this is welcome news as the fear of being out of control and unable to tolerate uncertainty are common characteristics of many anxiety disorders
“A lot of anxiety is rooted in worrying about the unknown and waiting for something to happen – coronavirus is that on a macro scale,” said Simon Thompson, CEO of mental health charity Mind in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster.
So how can we protect our mental health? Here are our top 5 tips:
1. Limit the news and be careful what you read
2. Have breaks from social media and mute things that are triggering
3. Wash your hands, but not excessively
4. Stay connected with people
5. Avoid burnout
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