Is the child or young person at risk of harm to themselves or others or is the parent/carer expressing urgent concerns?
If at imminent risk call 999 / 111 or support to attend A&E
Greater Manchester 24/7 Mental Health Helpline: This is an all age phone number run by GMMH 0800 953 0258
GM Crisis Care Pathway – Rapid Response teams provides crisis support to children and young people under 18, across all GM boroughs. Accessible via Mental Health service professionals only on 0161 716 4747. If the young person is previously known to the Rapid Response Team they can re-refer themselves between 8am and 10pm: 0300 323 0911
Trafford CAMHS Duty: All new referrals will continue to be accepted, screened and an offer made. Professionals and parents/carers can call Trafford CAMHS: 0161 716 4747
Childline counsellors are there for young people 9am-midnight FREE Helpline: 0800 1111
Papyrus: Information and advice for young people (under 35 years old) who may be at risk for harming themselves OR concerned others e.g. parent/carer FREE HOPELINEUK: 0800 068 41 41 Text: 07860 039967 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shout: 24/7 FREE text service, for anyone in crisis, if someone is struggling to cope and needs immediate help. Text Shout to 85258
Trafford Commissioned Services
The following services are available that can support children and young people's wellbeing and mental health during social isolation:
Trafford CAMHS: provides support for children and young people aged 0 – 18 years (including those with disabilities), where there are concerns related to their mental / emotional health / wellbeing.
All children and young people who are currently supported by CAMHS will continue to receive support. Trafford CAMHS: 0161 716 4747 (Mon–Fri 9am – 5pm)
42nd Street to provide online mental health and wellbeing support (13-25 years) Young people already receiving support have been contacted to discuss options. 42nd Street can be contacted on: 0161 228 0528
Trafford Sunrise (5-12 years): Provides support for children and families in coping with stress and promoting emotional wellbeing. If child or family is already receiving support from this service, this will continue via telephone and online workshops. Trafford Sunrise: 0161 262 1622 Email: email@example.com
Kooth provide online wellbeing and mental health support to young people aged 11-18 struggling with their mental health. Resources include a live chat with a qualified counsellor, chat forums with other young people and self-help and crisis information. Register online at: https://kooth.com/
Trafford Youth Engagement Service (YES) call back advice and support for 11-19 year olds
During the lockdown young people can still access the usual services from Trafford Council's Youth Engagement Service. We are offering a comprehensive call back advice and support service - by phone, zoom/whatsapp or email for all Trafford young people aged 11-19.
To speak to a Connexions Career Adviser call 0161 911 8600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are doing virtual activities weekly, from DJ Beat Box sessions to learn how to juggle! Follow Talkshop, Streettalk and Connexions teams on Facebook and Instagram.
It's a tough time for all of us so there will be people to contact if you are struggling, how to keep yourself well and some fun as well:
Sign up to My Voice weekly email for young people for info!
Whole family support
Calm Connections CIC is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring positive family relationships and good mental health. They are offering the following services accessible via online or phone:
- Parent mentors
- Online support groups via zoom and facebook
- 1:1 Family coaching
- Family workshops, mindfulness, story connections and Calm Families programme
- Finding the Balance series to support with education, working from home, technology, motivation and any other challenges
Greater Manchester Mental Health Resources
There are a number of freely accessible services, websites and App’s open to Children and Young people regardless of where they live.
The following are those listed by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care which can be accessed in addition to those listed above. Find out more about other available resources, including for Adults and Employers.
Anna Freud Centre - resources on COVID-19
BlueIce – an evidence-based app to help young people manage their emotions and reduce urges to self-harm. This is only available on ‘prescription’ from a clinician working in child and adolescent mental health services.
Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition -
- COVID-19. Protecting Children & Young People’s Mental Health
- Resources to help children and young people’s mental health during isolation
Contact - Information for families with disabled children:
An interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic
Greater Manchester Bereavement Service - If you’ve been bereaved and need support or advice, call the Greater Manchester Bereavement Service on 0161 983 0902
Greater Manchester: United We Stream – a gig every evening, led by GM Culture, 7pm every day.
LGBT Foundation - Rainbow Brew Buddies
Their new telephone befriending programme Rainbow Brew Buddies aims to reduce loneliness for LGBT people across Greater Manchester who may have reduced opportunities to make social connections due to the recent coronavirus outbreak or other circumstances in their life.
Their wellbeing page contains some great tools and resources to support you in managing your mental health and wellbeing in this challenging time. They’re grouped under the 5 ways to wellbeing – Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Learn & Give. There is also an additional group for any resources which don’t neatly fit into one of the 5 ways to wellbeing.
Mental Health Foundation - How to look after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak
Are you a student struggling with difficult feelings of being in ‘limbo’ and experiencing a sense of loss? There’s a useful PAPYRUS blog to give advice and reassurance for students who might be struggling.
Practical AAC communication resources - A variety of learning resource tips for those with communication needs, and resources for explaining coronavirus to those with severe communication needs:
- PrAACtical Resources: Dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic
- PrAACtical Resources: Online AAC Support for Families During School Closures
Place2Be - Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity that provides counselling and mental health support and training in UK schools.
- Coronavirus: supporting children who may be especially vulnerable during times of uncertainty
- Coronavirus: Helpful information to answer questions from children
- Coronavirus update: getting in touch with Place2Be
- Coronavirus: looking after your family’s mental health while staying at home
- Coronavirus: wellbeing activity ideas for families
Public Health England
COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Recovery College Online
Coping During the Pandemic. This free course has been developed for everyone in response to the recent global pandemic. There is information about how to avoid catching/spreading the virus, what immediate feelings you may have and common reactions, managing your mental health at this time, managing isolation and social distancing, self-care, supporting children and young people and some accessible information.
School wellbeing service (City of York Council)
Separation anxiety leaflet for parents. This aim of this booklet is to give parents an understanding of how to help their child navigate their way through some difficult feelings and situations
Anxiety management workbook v2. This workbook is aimed at children and young people
Worry workbook. This workbook is aimed at children and young people
SHOUT – a confidential 24/7 text service for people aged 16+, operated by trained crisis volunteers who will chat using text responses. Advice is available for anyone struggling with a host of issues, including: anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, abuse or assault, self-harm, bullying or relationship issues.
The newly launched confidential SHOUT text service can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, simply by texting GMTrafford to 85258.
Winston’s Wish supports bereaved children, young people, their families, and the professionals who support them. Their website contains resources about coronavirus and information about how to get support.
- Tips for coping with OCD during the coronavirus pandemic
- Coping with an eating disorder during the coronavirus pandemic
- Looking after your mental health while self-isolating
- What to do if you’re anxious about coronavirus
Youth Sport Trust
Prince's Trust coronavirus support hub - Prince's Trust
Expert Parents Guide to Childhood Anxiety - Tutorful
CBBC Newsround have a number of helpful videos and information:
- Advice if you are worried about the coronavirus
- Advice if you are upset about the news
- Coronavirus: Your questions answered
- Coronavirus: What is being done to tackle the virus
Teenagers can get the latest news from ITV The Rundown
Corona eLearning is a free, quick and easy learning resource for young people which aims to help them efffectively acquire knowledge on how stay protected and responsible - Eton Digital
The National Youth Agency has put together a series of worksheets for young people to help them with conflict in their homes. They can do them on their own or with a trusted adult
Activities for families to promote health and wellbeing
Meditation for kids - Headspace
Yoga and mindfulness (Toddlers and preschool) - Cosmic Kids Yoga
Yoga for young people and adults (Young people and adults) - The Yoga Family
Movement and mindfulness activities (All ages) - Go Noodle
Mindful Music and Poetry Moments - The Well