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Are the kids alright?

by Emily Maguire

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, children and young people have experienced a huge amount of upheaval, from schools closing and not being able to see friends and loved ones to the suspension of groups and clubs meaning that they were not able to participate in activities they enjoy

While lots of aspects of their lives are starting to return to normal, many children and young people are still feeling the after-effects of months of uncertainty and disruption.

If you are concerned about the mental health and wellbeing of a child or young person there are a number of dedicated organisations that can offer tailored help and support.

  • Every Mind Matters: A partnership between Public Health England and the NHS providing mental health resources, tailored advice and practical tips on sleep and self-care. They have a dedicated section on children’s mental health.
  • Young Minds Parents Helpline offers free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25. Lines are open Lines are open 9.30am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday 0808 802 5544 (free for mobiles and landlines). YoungMinds website also has a range of support and guidance for parents who maybe worried about their child.
  • Kooth provides online and face to face counselling, information, advice and support for young people in secondary schools. Find out more on Kooth’s website.
  • Knowsley CAMHS Services is a referral service for children and young people in Knowsley whose emotional, behavioural or mental health issues are causing them problems in their school, family or social life. If you are worried about your child make an appointment to speak to your GP.

And remember, if you or someone you know is in mental health crisis and needs urgent help, please call the NHS Mental Health crisis line on 0800 051 1508.  NHS staff will then support you to get the help you need. – Available for people of all ages, including children and young people, available 24/7. Call Freephone 0800 051 1508.