The coronavirus pandemic is a new and uncertain time for all of us and will affect our mental health in different ways.
You might be really worried about coronavirus at the moment, or it may be that it isn’t even your biggest worry. If you’re feeling anxious, stressed or overwhelmed, about anything at all, no matter how big or small, there’s always someone you can talk to.
Things are different now, but there is still lots of help and support for you. On this page, there are links to things you can do to help your wellbeing, how to get help from services in Doncaster, as well as other places to get information.
If you were getting help from a mental health service before, get in touch with them to find out what they can do to help now. Remember to check if a clinic is open first before you go to it (you could check their website, or phone or email them).
If you are a parent/carer, you may find this page useful on supporting your family through the coronavirus.
Information about the coronavirus:
Our lives have changed very much because of coronavirus. For some people, learning more about the situation can be helpful. We must be careful where we look for information, there are lots of rumours spreading that are not true and can increase our worries. The Doncaster Council website has all the latest reliable information and links to Government guidance. These NHS common questions are useful if you are worried about symptoms or family members. If you want to know more about the science behind the coronavirus and how it is being dealt with, you can take part in a free online course for teenagers called 'An Introduction to Coronavirus'.
Local and National/Online Support for:
Your overall mental health
School Nurses and Project 3:
Call School Nurses: 01302 566776 to book your own confidential session to talk about a range of topics including from bullying to sexual health, periods, general health and anxiety around school and coronavirus.
Confidential Text Service with School Nurses - You can also use the School Nurses confidential text service anytime:
- DOWNLOAD THE RDASH E-CLINIC APP If you're aged between 11-19 you can download the RDaSH eclinic app to have virtual appointments with School Nurses and the Project 3 service:
- Daily 'EClinics' with School Nurses - School Nurses continue to offer daily 'EClinics' between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday.
- Project 3 e-clinics - Run six days a week between 10am and 6pm, book an appointment to have a ‘live’ chat about sexual health, alcohol, drugs issues and help with stop smoking.
Children and Young People’s Mental Health (CAMHS):
- Telephone support sessions with Children and Young People's Mental Health Services (CAMHS) - If you are feeling low, anxious, stressed, or need help managing your emotions, you can call 01302 796191 every Tuesday and Thursday between 10am and 3pm to have a confidential chat with a mental health worker. Anyone with concerns about a child or young person's mental health can ring this number Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.
Download the new e-clinic CAMHS app - Download the app and book an online appointment to have a live chat with a specialist mental health worker via instant messaging. This is available for any Doncaster young person aged between 11-18.
- The CAMHS website has local information to support young people to cope with the effects of coronavirus or any other worries, as well as information on how to access CAMHS services.
Visit the With me in Mind website for further information, support and guidance on looking after your mental health and local services available.
Read the top tips for looking after your mental health during the coronavirus crisis and lots of information and support for looking after your general mental health available at the CAHMS website.
Visit the 5 Ways to Wellbeing page which is full of helpful ideas and links to resources that can support you to look after yourself, such as keeping active,and ideas of things to do if you're feeling bored.
- You might also like to visit the Doncaster Youth Hub facebook page facebook.com/DoncasterYouthHubs
- Childline counsellors are available online and free on the phone 0800 1111, you can contact them about anything at any time. They're there to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Message Boards let you share how you feel with others to get help from each other. If it’s an emergency or you need help straight away, call 999.
- Young Minds have lots of tips, advice and guidance on where you can get support for your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic.
- The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families contains lots of advice including self-care activities, what to do if you are worried about someone, and videos made by other young people sharing their top tips for how to cope with the challenges the coronavirus situation has created.
- Rise Above has some top tips about how to stay healthy during lockdown.
- The National Youth Agency have created a helpful guide to the different ways of staying digitally connected online, and how to stay safe online, as well as an online workbook 'Coping With Feelings of Frustration and Anger Workbook for Young People Aged 11-19 Years Old'.
- The Children’s Society have lots of advice and tips to support your mental and emotional wellbeing.
- Support is still available through the Doncaster Young Carers team. You can contact them on 01302 736099 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Carers Trust has lots of useful information on looking after yourself and the person you care for during the Coronavirus situation.
In Care / Care Leavers
- IMO is a voice for teenagers in care and for care leavers. The IMO website is somewhere you can share stories, experiences and achievements, and get and give advice to the online community.
- You might like to visit the Doncaster Youth Hub facebook page facebook.com/DoncasterYouthHubs or for Doncaster's LGBTQ Young People's group and forum, please contact LGBTQenquiries@doncaster.gov.uk
- "We see you and we hear you" Youth Work Support Publication - contains contact details for a number of support groups.