Below are useful resources and advice for young people, during the current climate of social isolation and school closures.
Other resources you can look at – please note that not all of these will be applicable to your circumstances but that some of them can be helpful in managing short term emotional difficulties.
These apps might be useful in helping you manage your difficulties. They will be available on most smart phones.
- What’s up? – a free app designed to help you cope with Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Stress and more
- Head Space – an app to help you reframe stress using mindfulness. Relax with guided meditations and mindfulness techniques.
- Smiling Mind – a free app to help you reframe stress using mindfulness. Relax with guided meditations and mindfulness techniques
- Calm Harm – A free app that provides tasks that help to distract you, and manage the urge to self-harm.
- Woebot – A free app that provides a therapy chat-bot who helps you monitor your moods and learn more about yourself.
- Molehill Mountain – An app to help autistic people understand and self-manage anxiety.
- Beat Panic – Overcome panic attacks and anxiety wherever you happen to be
- Big White Wall – Get round the clock support from therapists to help you cope with stress and anxiety
- Blue Ice – This app helps young people manage their emotions and reduces urges to self harm
- Catch It – Learn to manage negative thoughts and look at problems differently
- DistrACT – Quick and discreet access to information and advice about self harm and suicidal thoughts
- Feeling Good – Positive Mindset – Use audio tracks to help relax your body and mind and improve your confidence
- My Possible Self: The Mental Health App – Learn how to manage fear, anxiety and stress and tackle unhelpful thinking
- Silver Cloud – An eight week course to help manage stress, anxiety and depression at your own pace
- Stress & Anxiety Companion – Breathing exercises, relaxing music and games to help calm your mind and change negative thoughts
- Thrive – Use games to track your mood and teach yourself methods to take control of stress and anxiety
The following websites you may find informative:-
- Teen Body Image And Self-esteem – A Practical Guide For Parents
- Mood Juice (www.moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk) – Provides self-help guides covering conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress, panic and sleep problems.
- Anxiety BC (www.anxietybc.com) – Online resource providing self-help information.
- Young Minds (www.youngminds.org.uk) – Mental Health Charity committed to improving children’s wellbeing and mental health.
Shout is the UK’s first free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope. If you need immediate help text Shout to 85258 or visit giveusashout.org
Samaritans – Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. They’re available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 116 123 for free,
Road to Wellbeing (Aneurin Bevan University Health Board)
This website and the courses are appropriate for young people over the age of 13
The Road to Well-being website has lots of practical, useful information about coping with stress, anxiety or depression, or just generally improving your mental well-being. visit www.wales.nhs.uk/roadtowellbeing to find out more.
The website also has details on two courses available: “Stress Control” and “Activate Your Life” are two courses, run in a non-interactive, lecture-style format for anyone that would like to develop skills that enable them to “be their own therapist”, control stress and live a more meaningful life.
You can access leaflets about these courses on the Road to Wellbeing Website by clicking on About our Courses and then by downloading the two leaflets at the bottom of the page. Dates of the courses are available on the same website by clicking Dates of Courses. For any queries about either courses please contact 0300 053 5596
Additional Needs Support:
Magic –Working in Monmouthshire and the surrounding areas to support children and young people with disabilities and their families.
Facebook – MAGIC Parent and Carers Network
Twitter – @MAGICParents
UNICEF: How to talk to your child about Coronavirus
For parents and primary carers