Family wellbeing and mental health resources
Barnardo's have produced a list of resources and links to help with supporting children’s understanding with COVID-19, and suggest play experiences and activities for children. Includes a link to the free 'Nurse Dotty' book for children titled "Dave the Dog is worried about Coronavirus".
Southern Health have produced a COVID-19 Family Wellbeing pack to support families' with children from 0-5 years and also a School Age Wellbeing Pack mental health at this time.
Every Mind Matters have a range of tips and advice on maintaining mental wellbeing while at home.
Mentally Healthy Schools have created a toolkit with resources, signposting and helplines to support parents with talking about Coronavirus and the impact on children's mental health.
Mental health support is now available 24/7 via the NHS 111 helpline - dial 111 and ask to speak to a mental health nurse.
For parent mental health support please contact your Health Visitor or GP. You can also find further information available regarding NHS Mental Health Services.
Healthwatch provide a list of mental health support services for parents in need.
DorPIP provide online resources specifically aimed at mental health support for dads.
The Samaritans also provide a listening service throughout the year, as well as a self-help app.
Please also see our Children and Young People and Adult specialist support pages for further mental health information and resources.
Help is out there for children and young people living with domestic abuse
Is someone in your family hurting someone else? If abuse is happening at home, you probably want it to stop but you might not be sure what you can do. The best thing to do is to tell someone what is going on. You might be able to talk to the person who is being hurt. If not, you could try talking to a teacher, a neighbour, a friend or a friend’s parent.
You can also call a helpline – they will be able to tell you where you can get help near where you live.
Remember, domestic abuse is not your fault. You won’t get into trouble for telling someone.
If someone in your family is hurting someone else, it’s important to get help:
Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service Advice Line 03300 165 112 weekdays 9.30am-5.30pm (5pm Fridays).
Childline is available for children and young people to reach out for help and support by phone or using their online chat service. They also provide specific guidance for young people on how to get help and what to do if they are worried about a friend. Telephone: 0800 1111.
The NSPCC has issued guidance for spotting and reporting the signs of abuse on their website. The NSPCC Helpline is available for anyone with concerns about a child to contact for professional advice and support. Telephone: 0808 800 5000. Email: email@example.com .
Barnardo’s provides support to families affected by domestic abuse.
Family Lives also provide support through online forums.
Useful resources for parents during COVID-19
Get the latest information and advice about COVID-19 from the NHS website .
The NHS have a handy emergency treatment guide showing parents when and who to contact if your child is ill or injured during the current COVID-19 situation.
Hampshire Constabulary detail partner organisations who can help if you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, or telephone the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
Aurora New Dawn is a Hampshire charity which has set up a new domestic abuse COVID-19 helpline that is available 24/7: 02394 216816.
The Lullaby Trust offer advice about pregnancy and caring for your baby throughout the current COVID-19 situation.
The Institute of Health Visiting has some tips on how to cope with a crying baby during COVID-19.
The Hampshire Health Visiting team have produced a COVID-19 guide to Infant Feeding Support .
YSS run a ' Skills4Life ' project aimed at women aged 18 years and over, who provide free, impartial, financial training around issues such as debt, managing finances and budgeting, and CV/interview skills. Although based in West Mercia, Skills4Life are currently able to assist Hampshire families remotely via Zoom and telephone calls - read more here .