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Kooth: a safe, free, and anonymous online support service for young people  ∙ Open from Monday-Friday 12pm-10pm and Saturday-Sunday 6pm-10pm  ∙ Must make an account to access the website but the username can be anonymous  ∙ Kooth offering virtual wellbeing sessions around managing stress (e.g. transition stress)  and anxiety.

 Kooth are running a “Don’t Do It Alone” campaign, designed to encourage open  conversations around mental health so children and young people know they are not  alone with their struggles. Overview of campaign explore.kooth.com/dontdoitalone 




Childline: A charity for children and young people under 19 years old  

∙ Free, private, and confidential service where you can talk about anything ∙ Talk over the phone with trained counsellors. Mon-Sun, from 9am-10.30pm ∙ Calls also free on 0800 1111 from 10.30pm-3.30am (counsellor not available)


∙ National Public Radio: A Comic Kid’s Guide To Coping With The Pandemic: an easy guide  with tips and advice on how kids can deal with Covid-19 related worries 

∙ It can also be played acoustically via the audio tab at the top of the page ∙ It can be printed as well



BBC:  ∙ “Coronavirus and lockdowns – what is the latest” with information on education,  vaccinations and current guidelines:  


∙ “Coronavirus: how to support your wellbeing at the moment” - tips on looking after your  mental health & wellbeing: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51896156 

Young minds


YoungMinds:  “Coronavirus and mental health” gives you guidance on where you can get support for  mental well-being during the pandemic, with useful links to websites, blogs, articles etc:  https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/looking-after-yourself/coronavirus-and-mental health/ 

∙ “How we’re managing our mental health in the third national lockdown” has tips from  people on how they’re coping through the lockdown:  

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/how-we-re-managing-our-mental-health-in-the-third national-lockdown/ 

Actions for happiness

∙ Friendly February has 28 suggested actions to show acts of kindness to others and how  to be a better friend during the global crisis:  


∙ Contains a page on Coronavirus and wellbeing

moving medicine

∙ Tips for recovering from Covid-19


 Guidance on national lockdown and staying at home

Beat eating

Guidance on dealing with issues/concerns in regard to Coronavirus and eating  disorders

The mix

Coronavirus support hub with lots of information and resources to help you cope with  coronavirus and the impacts it has on you.

∙ Information on sleep hygiene and tips during the pandemic:  

https://www.themix.org.uk/coronavirus-and-mental-health/ambassador-voices-mental health-and-sleep-38133.html

The childrens society

Mental health and wellbeing resources

Everymind matters

Information on the website can help you spot the signs of common mental health  conditions, get personalised practical self-care tips and information on further support.  ∙ Advice on coping at home and looking after your mental wellbeing

Change for life

Indoor activities for kids

LGBTQ+ group

The newly-relaunched LGBTQ+ group is able to continue during lockdown. Due to  coronavirus restrictions and guidance from the government and the National Youth  Agency, this group will be referral only and a place will need to be booked prior to the  young person’s first session 

∙ For more information and to book a place, please contact: Annie Edwards at:  Anais.Edwards@havering.gov.uk

Five Ways to Wellbeing 

∙ Running in small groups of 8-10 young people aged 13-16, currently being delivered  virtually 

∙ Aims to provide young people with taster workshops on ways to improve emotional  wellbeing Email Melinda Yems at: Melinda.Yems@havering.gov.uk for more  information 

Young Persons Mentor Service 

∙ Mentor Service is a support service that is accessible to children and young people aged  10-18 years, encouraging them to focus on making positive choices and reaching their  potential 

∙ Email rachel.tapp@havering.gov.uk or ask family/school/other agencies to do this for  you at www.havering.gov.uk/supportingyoungpeople

Tea and Talk 

∙ Havering Youth Services are offering a free ‘triage’ style service called Tea and Talk ∙ They are able to offer 1:1 support to young people in need, either in a face-to-face  capacity, or over the phone, with a view to signposting them to another service or youth  work offer 

∙ Young people can book themselves in or can be referred by another professional.  Bookings can be made by contacting My Place Youth Centre at  

myplace@havering.gov.uk or 01708 376004 


Youth Services Sign-up Sheet 

∙ You can view and sign up to various activities and programmes offered by Havering  Youth Services by completing this form:  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=4Wk2NRiX 


Anna Freud Centre: 

∙ Contains a list of strategies young people can use to take care of their own mental  health: https://www.annafreud.org/coronavirus-support/support-for-young-people/ ∙ Self-care tips: https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/self-care/ 

On My Mind: 

∙ This section of the Anna Freud website aims to empower young people to make  informed choices about their mental health and wellbeing:  https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/ 

∙ It includes the Youth Wellbeing Directory, where you can find free mental health  support local to you, and sections on SHOUT crisis service, self-care ideas for when  you’re self-isolating, loss and bereavement support, a list of urgent support offers and  much more

Online guide “Worried about Coronavirus?” – A booklet for young people ∙ Link: https://stem4.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Stem4-Covid-Booklet-WEB 2.pdf 

Online guide “Feeling Anxious?” – Tips on how to manage anxiety during Covid-19  ∙ Link:  

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5d5ab9591f704e0001ea3725/t/5e849b84729f06 00fcba70cf/1585748870548/Feeling+Anxious+flyer.pdf

How to NOT go to school - Downloadable story to help children come to terms with school  shutdown 

∙ Link:  https://parsleymimblewood.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/parsleymimblewoodsavesthe world.pdf  

Online story for children “The scared gang have to stay at home”- Story is for young children to  inform them about COVID-19 and how to stay safe, healthy and happy.  

∙ Link: https://www.sensoryattachmentintervention.com/the-scared-gang-are-asked-to  tell 

Guide for students “Coping with exam pressure”- Provides useful information about how stress  can affect our body and tips on how to manage this in a helpful way. 

∙ Link:  

https://www.healthyyoungmindsinherts.org.uk/sites/default/files/content/Student_gui de%20%282%29.pdf

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