Young people may be finding it very hard right now. Their routine is gone, they can’t see their friends, and they may be struggling with new emotions.
These resources give information and advice on how to support young people through COVID-19.
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Kent Community Health Foundation Trust (KCHFT)
To support children and young people in Kent who experience complicated grief as a result of Covid-19, KCHFT have extended their children and young people’s counselling service to include bereavement support. This offer is for 4 to 19 years-old living in Kent and has been specifically tailored to the different circumstances that children now find themselves in and the provision will aim to reduce the long term impact, particularly on emotional wellbeing and mental health, from this traumatic event.
Cruse – Coping with Trauma and Loss
Someone close to you may have died in sudden and/or traumatic circumstances. You may have witnessed the death, or the deaths and injury of others. This leaflet explains some common reactions and sources of help.
Cruse - Restoring Hope
This leaflet is about what you can do to help yourself, how others can help you and how you can help other people who may be struggling to cope after the death of someone close and where you can get more advice and support.
Holding on letting go
This Kent-based charity helps young people (6 – 16) to cope with the death of someone close to them.
A bereavement support service for young people in West Kent.
Supporting children and young people after the death of a parent or sibling.
Child Bereavement UK
We help children and young people (up to age 25), parents, and families, to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. We also provide training to professionals, equipping them to provide the best possible care to bereaved families.
Kent Educational Psychology Service (KEPS)
Our Crisis Support Service Co-ordinators support school/school staff to support a child who is dealing with a sad event (a family member or someone in the school being terminally ill) or a critical event (sudden death or accident).
Barnardos Be Free
A service for 10-16 year old girls who have been exposed to adversities including sexual exploitation, coercive and abusive relationships and familial domestic abuse.
A service for adolescent boys aged between 14 and 16 who may have been affected by domestic abuse, either in the family or in their own relationships.
Good Mental Health Matters
Developed by the NHS in Kent, Good Mental Health Matters is a free resource for Primary and Secondary school teachers, parents and young people.
A confidential texting service for young people aged 11-19 to chat through any emotional or physical health concerns with a member of the school health team on 07520 618850
Children and Young People’s Counselling Services
We can offer up to six counselling sessions for young people aged 4-19 for support with feelings of anxiety/stress, low mood, behavioural issues, emotional health and well-being, self-harm, or anger. We can also provide 12 sessions of counselling for a student who has been bereaved as a result of COVID-19.
A guide to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of pupils and students during periods of disruption
The Coronavirus outbreak means that communities are facing uncertainty and this can have an impact on children and young people’s mental health. We have put together some general tips to support staff throughout this challenging period.