A parents guide to building body confidence: Uniquely Me
This resource is tailored to parents to support them in teaching their children about their self-esteem. Made up of a series of articles covering key topics that affect children's self-esteem. Each article starts out with an introduction to a theme and why it is relevant. Then, to help guide parents in making practical changes whilst at home, we’ve pulled together an action checklist full of body confidence-boosting ideas from our self-esteem experts. Finally, we have added a “Let’s Get Started” section, to give parents some ways to start the conversation today.
Hayley came in to Cornwallis and delivered yoga to a group of students which was well received. She has filmed 4 teen yoga classes and they are free to be used by anyone, they can be accessed by her Facebook Page www.facebook.com/pg/namastekidsteens/videos or YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-qOmhG6ziCAs47BMjmROWA
Coronavirus Covid-19 information and support (Children's Society)
The Children's Society has a range of support materials for young people, parents and schools in their mental and emotional health resource 'vault' including:
- Depression and Mood
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Self care
- Emotional resilience
- Mental Resilience
The resources can be found here: https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/coronavirus-information-and-support
Our programme of activities we are running online next week for 8-19 year olds can be found at
All you need to do is follow the link, complete a quick and easy booking form for the session/s you would like to book on to and then you will receive a Zoom code via email 10-30 mins before your session time which you use to join the meeting on Zoom.
Kent Together Helpline
A new 24-hour helpline has been set up to support vulnerable people in Kent who need urgent help, supplies or medication.
The helpline - called Kent Together - provides a single, convenient point of contact for anyone in the county who is in urgent need of help during the Coronavirus outbreak. It is a collaboration between KCC, central Government, District, Borough and local councils, the voluntary and community sector, the NHS, emergency services and other partners to ensure help is at hand for vulnerable people.</p>
If you are vulnerable and have an urgent need that cannot be met through existing support networks, you can contact the Kent Together helpline at www.kent.gov.uk/KentTogether or by calling on 03000 41 92 92.
Maidstone Community Hub
Kent Support and Assistance Scheme for those in crisis
Kooth.com - online support for young people (10-16 year olds) - We would like to remind you of the availability of our online service to support the wellbeing and resilience of young people.
Kooth is a web based confidential support service available to young people. Kooth provides a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support designed specifically for young people. Kooth offers young people the opportunity to have a text-based conversation with a qualified counsellor. Counsellors are available from 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop-in basis. Young people can access regular booked online counselling sessions as needed. Outside counselling hours’ young people can message our team and get support by the next day.
When young people register with Kooth they will have support available to them now and in the future. Support can be gained not only through counselling but articles, forums and discussion boards. All content is age appropriate, clinically approved and fully moderated.
To find out more visit www.Kooth.com where young people can register, and others can find out more about the service
Kent Resilience Hub
The NHS, Adult Mental Health Service, launched five Safe Havens virtually on Monday 20 April to provide mental health support to any resident in Kent and Medway. We can help any resident of Kent and Medway aged 16+ at the MHM Safe Haven, where we offer a warm, welcoming, safe and comfortable environment.
If you are feeling distressed, overwhelmed, or that things are too much and you don’t know where to turn to get support in the evening, then your Safe Haven is here. We offer a welcoming, safe, comfortable, non-judgmental and non-clinical environment. The emphasis is on reducing immediate distress and supporting visitors to access services and opportunities available to them in the wider community, here you can access one-to-one emotional support from trained mental health professionals.
Safe Haven provide telephone support only, between 6pm and 11pm, 365 days per year.
Reachout Youth is a free service offering support to young people aged 13-19 who may be struggling with their mental health.
Due to the Covid19 pandemic, Reachout Youth is adapting its services, providing:
- Weekly virtual peer support groups
- One-to-one telephone support
- Weekly support packs, including tips for managing their wellbeing
Reachout Youth groups offer an informal, fun and confidential space to share things not usually shared with friends or family. They bring young people together to reduce stigma, share stories, develop coping strategies and make friends. Young people can expect a safe space to talk though any issues and concerns, tools to manage their wellbeing, relaxation exercises, signposting to other services, as well as activities and games.
If interested, please contact Anna Skulczuk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07545 208899. There is a short referral form that can be downloaded from the website: https://www.mentalhealthresource.org.uk/reach-out-youth
Talents and interests
Investing time in your child’s talents and interests can help young people to build resilience. Why not motivate them to join in with some of the following activities:
- Languages – There are free fun apps available such as Duo Lingo to help young people practice their language skills, or even learn a completely new language!
- Wildlife – Steve Backshall is running a Facebook live every day at 9:30 am to answer any questions about wildlife, conservation and geography https://www.facebook.com/stevebackshallofficial/
- Science – At 11 am on weekdays Maddie Moate is hosting a YouTube video discussing science and nature https://www.youtube.com/user/maddiemoate
- Dance – Weekdays at 11:30am Oti Mabuse is running a Facebook live dance class. https://www.facebook.com/OtiMabuse/
- Maths – There is currently free access to Carol Vorderman’s maths website
- www.themathsfactor.com. Maths resources are also available at https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
- Try playing board games. They require concentration, impulse control and mental flexibility. They also provide an example for you to model resilience, when you lose a game.
- The National Theatre are live streaming popular theatre shows Thursday’s at 7pm https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUDq1XzCY0NIOYVJvEMQjqw
- Explore the Girl Guides Adventures At Home pack. There’s a range of activities available including Activities for Wellbeing.
- The Scouts have similar activities https://www.scouts.org.uk/activities
The Coronavirus Helpful Hub
Blurt have created a hub of help and it's packed to the rafters of resources which they hope will see you through this stormiest of storms. This hub is designed to answer questions, provide helpful resources and information, and share ideas for coping with the ever-changing landscape we find ourselves in.
On their Twitter and Instagram they're asking people to share 3 things each day that have brought comfort and warmth in these uncertain times, using the hashtag #seekingsunshine
On their Twitter and Facebook, they've been facilitating a daily check-in every day at 11am (GMT), using the hashtag #blurtcheckingin. They'll ask how you are keeping and encourage you to take time to reply to people's comments if you feel up to it.