Children and Babies
We understand that you might be worried about coronavirus – also known as COVID-19 – particularly if your child has a long-term health condition. It is normal to feel more anxious given that these are abnormal circumstances.
Here is a downloadable guide on supporting your children through this time: COVID19 how to support your children.pdf
Health and wellbeing tips:
Check how much information helps to feel informed and when it is better to switch off. Limiting media time can help to not feel overwhelmed
- Focus on the aspects that you can control (protecting yourself and others) instead of what you can’t control (length,future, hospital resources...)
- Try to keep a routine and healthy habits (enough sleep, healthy eating, a bit of exercise...)
- Stay connected (digitally) with your loved ones and those in similar circumstances
- Voice your needsand ask professionals if something is worrying you
- Take time to do what you want to do (prepare the things for the baby, organize your home..) but also take time for doing what does you good and helps relaxing (reading, yoga, games, movies..).
Useful Information about Pregnancy and Covid-19
- NCBI: General guidance for pregnant women, mothers, and their newborns during the pandemic
- Maternal Mental Health Alliance
- Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
- Maternity Action
- National Perinatal
- Centre for Disease Control and Prevention
- Maternity Leaflets:
Planning Your Birth
Specific Disorder and Covid-19
Please find services and support for young people (from 11 years to 35 years):
Kooth provide free online counselling and emotional wellbeing support to all young people across Greater Manchester.
Kooth is for young people aged 11-18 and offers a variety of resources, including:
- A live chat function that allows young people to contact a qualified counsellor
- Chat forums with other young people
- Crisis information
- Self-help resources
Kooth provides information and support along with treatment for children and young people with a range of mental health problems. Scheduled and drop in counselling sessions are available 365 days a year and include slots at evenings and weekends.
It has been available in Bolton, Manchester, Oldham, Trafford, Rochdale and Wigan for some time and has now been rolled out to cover Bury, Salford, Tameside and Stockport. This expansion has been brought forward in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Young people can sign up by visiting: www.kooth.com
Information for LGBT+ Young People
The following information has been collated by the 'Ireland, UK and The Islands LGBT+ Youth Work Network'. It details the support services available to all LGBT+ children and young people at the current time:
Support available to young people (under the age of 35) who are at risk of suicide. They operate ‘Hopeline UK’ to give people a safe space to talk through anything happening which could be impacting on a persons’ ability to stay safe. The phone line is for:
- children and young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide
- anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide
Call: 0800 068 4141
Text: 07860 039 967
Opening hours: 9am – 10pm weekdays, 2pm – 10pm weekends, 2pm – 10pm bank holidays
Support services for the under 25’s. They aim to become the first point of contact for any young person seeking help or information on any subject wherever and whenever they need it.
They can offer guidance around:
- Sex and relationships
- Mental health
- Drink and drugs
- Work and study
They have online discussion boards www.themix.org.uk and young people can email them through the website.
Confidential helpline is available 4pm - 11pm every day: 0808 808 4994