The Covid-19 pandemic and in particular self-isolation can have an impact on mental health.
Activate your life, – free online self-help video for anyone 16+ struggling with their mental health
ARA (Addiction Recovery Agency), in partnership with GamCare deliver the Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme. This national programme aims to deliver workshops to 11-19 year olds and the people who support them on the subject of gambling and raising the awareness of young people and problem gambling. Problem gambling is on the rise within this age group with statistics showing 55000 (1.7%) of 11-19 year olds considered problem gamblers, with a further 2.7% at risk. In addition ARA can offer free confidential counselling to 11–19 year olds.
To book a place on a free workshop contact: RobertParker@Recovery4all.co.uk
Barnardo’s have a Covid-19 helpline/service called Boloh. They recognise that the pandemic has disproportionately affected YP/families from BAME backgrounds.
The helpline is available between 1-8pm Monday-Friday for YP aged between 11-25 years and their parents/carers. They also provide practical/emotional support over the phone/webchat and onward referrals to specialist community support. There is also a team of psychotherapists that can provide therapy (6 sessions) for YP and parents/carers.
Service can be provided in different languages English, Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi and this will be expanding to Amharic, Tigrinya and Mirpuri.
CAMHS - If children and young people need some extra help at this time with their mental health, there is support available from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).
COVID 19 has resulted in changes to the way CAMHS delivers mental health services across Neath Port Talbot for children and young people. Most face to face clinic-based appointments have been replaced with telephone consultations.
Access to CAMHS support has been enhanced with a CAMHS Telephone Single Point of Contact and Referral Line. This is an open access service for children and young people, their families, and professionals, providing telephone advice, support and referral triage, 9.00am - 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.
If there are urgent or immediate concerns about a child or young person's mental health, the CAMHS Crisis Team can be accessed via the CAMHS Telephone Single Point of Contact and Referral Line 01639 862744, 9.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday. Outside these hours contact NHS 111.
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Parent Talk offers free, down-to-earth information and advice for parents of children aged 0-19 from Action for Children. The confidential one-to-one online chat service connects parents directly with a parenting coach for judgement-free practical advice and emotional support whilst the website answers some of the most common parenting questions.
Bethan Watts is Action for Children’s programme team lead for Parent Talk in Wales and part of a team who can respond in Welsh. She said: “This is such an important and innovative service for parents and families. The pandemic has created all sorts of extra pressure and demands that will only increase as we approach Christmas so to be able to provide this service in Welsh is very important. It will enable Welsh speaking parents express themselves more comfortably and accurately helping us to provide better outcomes for families.
“With so many mums and dads in desperate need of guidance, a service like Parent Talk is needed now more than ever. Our parent coaches are there for any questions parents have – big or small. Anyone who needs a bit of support in these tough times and want to do so in Welsh can go to parent-talk.org.uk/wales.”