cartoon large hand holding a smaller handWorking with parents can be challenging, but is one of the most effective ways for you to support your students. These resources are designed to help you support parents and carers during this difficult time and signpost them to further support. You can also seek guidance from your CAMHS clinician, Education Psychologist or look on the Islington Family Information Service for more specialised signposting.  

Newsletter

We have provided an example newsletter you could send to your parents sharing some of this information:

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Parent and carer wellbeing

As we all know, caring for a child or young person can be tough. We have chosen some resources we feel are particularly useful and that you might want to share with parents and carers to help them look after their own mental wellbeing.

Helping parents and carers support the wellbeing of their child

Courses

Resources for parents and carers to recommend to their children

There are many resources to support children and young people's mental health. We particularly like the following, but there are lots more ideas on Islington council’s emotional wellbeing page

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  • Kooth is a free online counselling and emotional wellbeing support service to support young people in Islington aged 11-19. Counselling is provided by a professional team of qualified counsellors and emotional wellbeing practitioners. Watch their latest video 'Don't do it alone'
  • The MeeToo app provides a safe and secure forum for teenagers, where they can anonymously get advice from experts or other teenagers going through similar experiences in areas such as mental health, self-harming, relationships and friendships
  • The NHS every mind matters campaign promotes mental health and self-care tips for young people. There are videos on exercise, sleep and how to take care of yourself on social media. It also includes signposting to further support 

Ideas for supporting and engaging parents and carers

Signposting parents and carers to further support

  • Free parents helpline for advice, emotional support and signposting about a child or young person up to age 25. Call FREE on 0808 802 5544 from 9.30am – 4pm, Monday to Friday
  • Text 'Shout' to 85258 - for free 24/7 text support from a trained crisis volunteer to help with a range of issues including feeling overwhelmed, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, relationship problems and bullying
  • Parents guide to support A - Z gives parents advice on how to help their child. Topics include support with specific mental health conditions, anxiety, depression, exam-time and social media and where to get help 
  • Bright Start 5 – 19 early help service can provide a family with extra help and support from a family worker who will listen to the family’s needs and help them plan what to do together
  • Further help for children and families in Islington includes information on financial worries, domestic abuse, health services, support for single parents and childcare 

COVID resources

  • Barnardo’s COVID helpline supports Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic young people and families to talk about worries and problems. They provide emotional support, practical advice and signposting to other organisations who can provide further help. Call: 0800 1512 605 (open 1pm – 8pm Mon to Fri). Share the leaflet with parents for more details, which also comes in an easy read version
  • Bereavement: The Educational Psychologist Service are prioritising the provision of ‘critical incident’ support to schools affected by the death or serious illness of members of their community. In the event of a death or sad event, please contact Gill Sassienie (Tel: 020 7527 6047)
  • Cruse has a Freephone National Helpline (Tel: 0808 808 1677) for anyone affected by bereavement
  • The Childhood Bereavement Network has useful information about supporting bereaved children at this time

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