Accessing Support when School is Closed
If you have urgent concerns about the welfare of a young person, contact the police on 999.
For other concerns about the welfare of a young person over the summer period, contact the West Berkshire Contact, Advice and Assessment Service on 01635 503090.
Childline also have a national call line on 0808 8005000 and the services listed in the document below continue to offer specific support during the summer period.
Mental Health Support
During the ongoing situation with Coronavirus, it is natural to feel anxious about the future. You may be feeling especially worried if you are also struggling with other mental health difficulties such as low mood, sleep problems, panic attacks or low motivation. You don’t have to struggle with these difficulties by yourself, as there are still ways to get support even when school is closed.
In a crisis (if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or intending to harm yourself) please ring 999 or go to your local A&E service.
You may find it helpful to be able to talk to someone at any time of day or night about your feelings. You can call Samaritans on 116123 or Childline on 0800 1111.
There are many apps which you can download to help with your mental health. A list of the NHS approved apps can be found here www.nhs.uk/apps-library/category/mental-health/
The Charlie Waller Foundation provides support for Young People dealing with anxiety and depression. More information and resources are on their website here www.studentsagainstdepression.org/
Young Minds is a national charity supporting parents and young people with mental health difficulties. They operate a 24 text service for young people in need of support. Simply text SHOUT to 85258 and a crisis worker will text back.
In addition, they also have a dedicated helpline for parents who may be worried about a child, 0808 8025544. Further information about their services can be found on their website: www.youngminds.org.uk
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