The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is going to affect everyone’s daily lives, as the government and the NHS take necessary steps to manage the outbreak, reduce transmission and treat those who need medical attention. Regardless of their age, this may be a difficult time for children and young people. Some may react right away, while others may show signs of difficulty later on. How a child or young person reacts can vary according to their age, how they understand information and communicate, their previous experiences, and how they typically cope with stress. Negative reactions may include worrying thoughts about their health or that of family and friends, fear, avoidance, problems sleeping, or physical symptoms such as stomach ache. During this time, it’s important that you take care of your family’s mental health – there are lots of things you can do, and support is available if you need it.
Courses for ParentsCourses that have been designed for parents and carers for 2021. All of them are short 6 or 8 week courses with the majority of them in the evenings .
Parenting Support Self ReferralNEW! The Starting Well Partnership supports parents, families, children and young people across Worcestershire. They have 6 teams working out of their Family Hubs located in districts across the county. Families in each of the districts are supported by Health Visitors, Parenting Support Workers, Community Nursery Nurses, School Health Nurses, Health Care Assistants, Volunteer Coordinators, Community Health Connectors, Business Support Officers and Administrators. They provide support, advice and clinics from our Family Hubs, community spaces, schools and GP surgeries.
Home or Out Alone?A guide to help you decide if your child is ready to stay home or go out alone.
GREAT NEW APP for Children's Mental HealthBESTIE – Local Mental Health Services App BESTIE is an interactive app developed by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust – BESTIE is freely available and can be found by searching for ‘Worcestershire BESTIE’ on Apple and Android phones or tablets. A web-based version is available at www.camhsbestie.co.uk
Harmony at Home – Information and Support for Parent CarersHarmony at Home understands all relationships can experience challenges, difficulties and breakdown, especially with the pressures of being a parent. This page is specifically to support families with advice, tips and information for parents and carers who may be together, separating, divorced or co-parenting.
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