Coronavirus - COVID-19

Support for young people

Supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

Regardless of their age, this may be a difficult time for children and young people. Some may react right away, while others may show signs of difficulty later on.

It’s important that you take care of your family’s mental health – there are lots of things you can do, and support is available if you need it.

Local support

Local support is also available from the following organisations:

Bedfordshire School Nursing Service

School nurses can support on a one to one basis virtually or in school where there is a need for talking therapy and guidance with issues of exam pressure, relationships and other health issues or conditions.

Telephone: 0300 555 0606
Online: Visit the Bedfordshire School Nursing Service's website

NHS Parentline

Parentline offers advice and support on a range of issues such as weaning, sleep and emotional health. They can also find out how to access other local services for parents and carers of those aged 0 to 19 (25 with special educational needs and disabilities).

Text: 07507 331456
Online: Visit NHS Parentline's website

NHS Chathealth

ChatHealth is a service for young people aged 11 to 19 (25 with special educational needs and disabilities) to confidentially ask for help about a range of issues, or make an appointment with a school nurse. They can also find out how to access other local services including emotional support or sexual health services.

Text: 07507 331450
Online: Visit NHS Chathealth's website

Kooth

Online counselling and emotional well-being service for children and young people aged 11 to 19. Kooth provides a website children and young people can use to get advice, support and guidance for any problem, no matter how big or small.

Online: Visit Kooth's website

NHS CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)

Young people and their families can self-refer to CAMHS in their local area and can access self-help and advice online.

Crisis support: 111 (option 2)
Telephone: 01525 893300 or 01234 893301
Online: Visit CAMHS' website, where you can also find your local CAMHS

CHUMS

Mental health and wellbeing services for children, young people and families.

Telephone: 01525 863924
Online: Visit CHUMS' website

A children’s guide to coronavirus

You may be anxious or worried about the coronavirus outbreak and may have many will have questions about everything that is happening at the moment.

The Children’s Commissioner has put together a short guide to help explain some of the issues surrounding coronavirus.

There is also a page full of advice, information, suggestions and resources for parents, educators and other professionals who work with children, to help during the pandemic.

Services available online

Whilst local physical youth clubs need to close to ensure we are all practicing social distancing in line with government advice, we will continue to offer certain services online, including:

To keep up to date with any of the above and what’s happening across the area, please find us on Facebook or email youth.services@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.

Online resources

You can find lots of information and resources online.

For education and careers information, advice and guidance visit Find Your Future.

For trusted information, advice and guidance on relationships and sex, emotional health, wellbeing, drugs and alcohol please visit Young Central Bedfordshire.

Staying safe online

Whilst technology will help us stay in touch as you practice social distancing, please ensure you stay safe online.

Top tips:

  • do not accept video chat unless you know and trust the person
  • don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number
  • think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself; once you’ve put a picture of yourself online, most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore
  • keep your privacy settings as high as possible
  • never give out your passwords
  • don’t friend people you don’t know; remember, not everyone online is who they say they are
  • if you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately

For more information on online safety, visit Childline's website.

Youth Voice

Our youth work team supports young people to have a voice and make a difference in their local community through different youth voice mechanisms, including Youth Parliament, Young Commissioners and the Youth Audit Team.

To get involved with Youth Voice visit us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Youth Work

If you are 12-18 years old and would like to take part in youth work please email youthreferrals@groundwork.org.uk. Alternatively, text or WhatsApp 07736 132870.

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