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Week 2 resources

Positive Psychology website has further information about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Emerging Minds is a research network that aims to reduce the prevalence of mental health problems experienced by children and young people. They have produced a host of materials to help parents and carers support young people around COVID-19, including top tips, recommended resources and a webinar series.

As part of these resources, the network have produced a guide specifically to help parents and carers support their children and young people with worries and anxiety around COVID-19.

Additional sources of information and support

With thanks to Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group for putting together these resources.

Support for Family

NSPCC has tips and advice to help you find balance and create structure if you’re new to working from home with your family.

FamilyLives provide emotional and practical advice on coping during COVID-19.

Relate has relationship advice and tips.

Parenting Tips

Family Lives provides online parenting courses and helpful short videos.

MindEd for Families also have short online courses for parents and professionals.

Safer Internet and Thinkuknow have information about staying safe online (this latter website has resources for children and young people too).

Supporting young people

YoungMinds has plenty of resources for parents and carers.

Anna Freud have videos for parents/carers, as well as young people and teachers as well as information around self-care (for parents and young people).

Childline has general advice around coping for parents and young people, as well as tips and activities for feeling calm (for young people and adults).

Partnership for Children have online resources for parents, carers and teachers around supporting mental health.

Mentally Healthy Schools may be a useful resource for school staff.

Ideas for child-friendly activities during lockdown

Home-start has activities for families.

Chatterpack has lots of resources which can be done at home.

Guidance from the UK government with online education resources for home learning.

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust WellBeing Challenge Resource Pack for Secondary School and Sixth Form Students. This is crammed with information and activities to promote wellbeing and have been developed and produced by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, a charitable Trust which works to increase awareness of the symptoms and dangers of depression and remove the stigma that is attached to mental illness. They’ve also developed one for Primary School Students.

Books

Reynolds, S. and Parkinson, M. (2015). Am I Depressed and What Can I Do About It?: A CBT self-help guide for teenagers experiencing low mood and depression. London: Robinson.

Parkinson, M. and Reynolds, S. (2015). Teenage Depression – A CBT Guide for Parents: Help your child beat their low mood. London: Robinson.

Other online courses

The University of East Anglia has a FutureLearn course starting 1 June: Anxiety in Children and Young People during COVID-19. Learn about anxiety and discover helpful strategies to support young people struggling with anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you’d like to delve deeper into the topics on this course then you may be interested in two other University of Reading courses on FutureLearn.

Understanding Low Mood and Depression in Young People

Understand how to recognise depression and low mood in teenagers and learn how to help.

This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.

Understanding Anxiety, Depression and CBT

Improve your understanding of depression and anxiety and find out more about an effective and evidence-based treatment: CBT.

This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.

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