2020 has been a year of anxiety and uncertainty and more people are in need of emotional and mental health support.
The following are some of the ways you can access confidential support.
Samaritans: offers a safe space for people to talk through whatever is on their mind.
- Callers can make contact 24/7 either via a freephone number: 116 123 or e mail:email@example.com
- The Samaritans’ self-help app allows users to track their mood and offers practical tips and techniques for looking after their emotional health. https://selfhelp.samaritans.org/.
- Samaritans also offer Step by Step which offers advice to schools on preparing for, and responding to, suspected suicide, including on site support and advice -Step by Step resources | Samaritans
Young Minds: Young Minds links ‘speak’ directly to young people either experiencing suicidal thoughts and feelings or know a friend who is. There are resources for parents too. The guidance encourages young people to share worries with someone you trust and also highlights that they offer a 24/7 crisis text support. The self-harm guidance supports what to say and how to imagine sharing your feelings with someone else to get the help you need.
Shout: Shout is a 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks for anyone in crisis, anytime. Text 85258
Anna Freud: provides helpful resources to children, families, schools and professionals to support children’s mental heath and well being.
If you are concerned about your child during lockdown, please contact the school. Other points of advice can be found here: