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Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Children & Young People Mental Health Support

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Covid-19 / Coronavirus Resources

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), a number of services have had to make changes to how they provide support to people.  If you are currently accessing support from a service they will be in touch or please contact them for up to date information about their services.

The First Response Service supports people experiencing a mental health crisis so if you need urgent support please call 111 and choose option 2. The First Response Service provides 24-hour access, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to mental health care, advice, support and treatment.

You may also find the following resources on this page useful for information and advice on how you can look after yourself and those around you...


General advice and information

  • Mencap - An easy-read guide to the Coronavirus.

  • Amaze - An information pack for parents.

  • Mental Health Foundation - Information about the Coronavirus.

  • Children's Commissioner - An online guide for children that answers questions about the Coronavirus, suggests tips for staying safe and protecting other people, and tips on how you can make the best of your time at home.

  • NPR - Like reading comic books? Have a look at this comic strip which explains what the coronavirus is, and steps we can take to avoid catching it.
  • If your child becomes unwell or gets injured, please read the advice outlined in this document on where to go for help.

Managing your mental health and wellbeing

  • Young Minds - Looking after your mental health while self-isolating. 

  • BACP  - Guidance around managing anxiety.

  • Learn.4mentalhealth - A tool to explore how you are feeling, tips for activities you could try to help you cope, wellbeing plans and staying safe plans.

  • Mind - advice on how to cope if you're having trouble sleeping, and practical things you can try to improve this.

  • Childline - tips on things you can try doing if you're finding it difficult to get to sleep at night.

  • Young Minds - Advice on what to do if you're anxious about the coronavirus.

  • Centre 33 have also created some short videos containing information and tips on how to look after yourself at this time. Topics include anxiety, low mood, sleep, and wellbeing plans.

  • The Hertfordshire Partnership (NHS) - a wellbeing pack for children and young people on 'looking after yourself during COVID-19'. It includes information, advice, activities, colouring pages, and links to other useful resources and services.
  • For other suggestions on how to look after your wellbeing more generally at this time, see our 'Wellbeing Tips' page.


Local helplines

  • Chat Health: A text messaging service in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough that provides support for young people aged 11-19 around a variety of topics such as: emotional health, relationships, self-harm, bullying, alcohol/drug use, healthy eating - text 07480 635 443. ("Texts are usually replied to within one working day and cost the same as a standard text or will come out of your contract message allowance.")


Online activities and resources

  • Covibook – an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic.

  • 'Calm Zone' (Childline) - provides information on breathing exercises, activities games and videos that children and young people mind find helpful for letting go of stress and worry.

  • 'Mood Journal' (Childline) - an online space for children and young people (up to 18 years old) to record and track their daily mood.

  • See our page on 'Mental Health Apps' if you like the idea of accessing support from your phone.

Advice around coronavirus and education


Working during the Coronavirus

  •  'Every Mind Matters' (NHS) - 7 tips about things you can try to help you "adjust to working at home, feel more productive and take care of your mental health in these unprecedented times."
  • Mind - Coping with going into work during the Coronavirus: tips on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing, help with understanding difficult feelings, and ways to find support.

Talking to children about Coronavirus and supporting their wellbeing

  • BPS - guidance on talking to children.

  • Place2Be – Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing.

  • Anna Freud links - Supporting schools & colleges: A guide to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of pupils and students during periods of disruption There are also three videos, one for school staff, one for parents and one for children and young people which may be useful.

  • Liverpool CAMHS - a resource on supporting children during social distancing.

  • Young Minds - Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing.

  • Covibook – an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic.

  • Amaze - information pack for parents on way to support their children.

  • Emerging Minds – Advice for those supporting children and young people around COVID-19.

  • Emerging Minds - Top tips for supporting children and young people with worries around COVID-19 (all based on the current evidence base).

  • Emerging Minds - Reading list of resources for supporting children and young people with their mental health, from other reliable resources and grouped by age and need.

  • Childline - Information about concerns your child may have, and advice on things that may help address the worries.

  • Children's Commissioner - An online guide for children aiming to "answer children's questions about Coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home".

  • For other suggestions on looking after your child's wellbeing more generally at this time, see our 'Wellbeing Tips' page.
  • UK Government - official advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Bereavement Support

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG (NHS) have created a digital booklet containing information about local services that can provide support for people who have lost a loved one. They have specific sections on services for children and young people.

Guidance for Carers

  • Carers UK - Guidance for carers about supporting someone during the Coronavirus outbreak.

  •  NHS - Please click here for information and advice for carers of somebody with an eating disorder.

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