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New mental health resources and Covid-19 support materials

This page provides additional updates and other materials that have been released, often as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic.

New portal for Anna Freud resources 

- for young people, parents and carers, schools, colleges and early years settings

Support for pupils

Oxford Health NHS Trust have launched a new helpline for children and young people during the Coronavirus outbreak

The helpline will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

9am – 5pm on a weekday 01865 903777
5pm – 9am on a weekday or on weekends 01865 901000

more info about this new helpline here

Our main source of signposting to information and support for young people in Wiltshire around mental health is On Your Mind


On Your Mind is part of the new Early Mental Health service, provided by Barnardos from 1 April 2020.

As part of the transition period we have agreed to extend the online service with Kooth for a further 3 months, to 30th June 2020.

A new service of free confidential support for all in Wiltshire aged 11-25 is now available thanks to local charity Young Melksham.

Other national resources for children 

Mind of My Own Mindfulness Project

Self-care resources for young people from the Anna Freud Centre

Calmzone - a toolbox of calming activities from Childline

e-learning self-sooth strategies - from Pooky Knightsmith

Understanding anxiety - colourful guide from the Priory Group

Supporting young people through disruption - a video for young people from the Anna Freud Centre

I’m a young person who is worried about the coronavirus - advice sheet from the Anna Freud Centre

Coronavirus and your wellbeing - from Mind

Worries about the world page - from Childline

Sign up to use Childline's mood journal

Links and resources - from Youth Work Support 

Coronavirus fact sheet for children - From Public Health England

You Tube video to accompany the factsheet -  from Alder Hay Children's Charity

A story about Coronavirus for young children - from ELSA Support

Advice if you are worried about Coronavirus - videos from Newsround (March)

How to cope if you can't go to school - video from Newsround (Feb)


Resources to help you stay active

Stay safe when cycling links

Indoor activities for kids - from Change4Life

Home workout videos - from NHS 

Fitness studio exercise videos - from NHS 

Chair based pilates exercise video - from NHS 

10 minute workout video - from British Heart Foundation

Strength Exercise videos - From British Heart Foundation

Weekly staying active resources -  from Living Streets

Resources for Wiltshire school staff

Current information can be found on Right Choice including:

There are various links to guidance and resources for staff wellbeing here.

June 2020 pupil wellbeing home survey - from Oxford University and Foster & Brown  

Teaching mental wellbeing, teacher training module - from the DfE 

Our Frontline - phone and text support for Key Workers +wellbeing tips

The  Anna Freud Centre put together a document Supporting schools & colleges: A guide to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of pupils and students during periods of disruption

Helping children and young people to manage anxiety:A practical guide to supporting pupils and students during periods of disruption from the Anna Freud Centre

They have also developed a video for school staff

e-learning: self-sooth strategies - from Pooky Knightsmith

e-learning: staying mentally well through Covid19 - from Pooky Knightsmith 

Working from home wellbeing action plan - from the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust


Early years support

Resources from the Anna Freud Trust


Related PSHE resources and current offers

(Other links to organisations and PSHE resources can be found here)

General PSHE

PSHE Association Coronavirus Hub

Learning for Living free PSHE parent worksheets - from Grassroots Publishing 

List of online education resources (including wellbeing) - from DfE

Statutory Content

RHSE implementation during school closure - from the Sex Education Forum

Returning to School

Support a Safe & Successful Return to School using the SWAN framework - From Creative Education

A Recovery Curriculum - From Evidence for Learning

Free 'Life after lockdown' lesson plans (primary and secondary) - From Chameleon PDE

Safety Education

Safety Education links (KS1-5) - from Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue  

Road Safety in the UK During and After Covid 19 (KS3-5) - one of the resources from the D&WFR link above

E-learning for secondary teachers to deliver RSE - from Brook

Staying safe online - from Let's Talk About It


Hand washing education resources

e-Bug Health Educator training (new e-learning currently available free

Antibiotic Guardian Youth badge - activities suitable for ages 5 to 18 that can be executed easily at home

Healthy Weight

Remote learning around food and cooking - from Food a fact of life 

Drug Education

Materials for alcohol education - from the Alcohol Education Trust with training on use delivered by phone. 

'Alcohol and You' booklet for young people - from Alcohol Education Trust - website for young people

Family links

Free Jigsaw Families at Home - for any primary school

Free Jigsaw song, ‘Together as One’, along with suggested learning activities for primary schools


If your primary school would be interested in trialling a new resilience tool produced by Jigsaw email


Resources for parents

Covid-19. Returning to school. advice for parents - from Wiltshire Council (Aug 2020)

Covid-19 support and advice for parents - from Wiltshire Council

WPCC COVID-19 web pages - from Wiltshire Parent Carer Council 

Parenting during COVID-19 - pdf from Triple P 

Triple P website and Facebook page - for parenting support

Care for the Family has specific information for parents and carers of children with additional needs as well as general parenting info. Also a Facebook page.

Supporting parents and carers through disruption - video from the Anna Freud Centre

Wiltshire Council's Coronavirus page including details of the new Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub 

Talking to your child about Coronavirus - from Place 2B

COVID-19 information for children, under the age of 7 - from Mindheart 

Talking to your child about Coronavirus - from Young Minds

Talking to children about illness - recent guidance from BPS

Coronavirus guidance for carers - from Carers UK 

e-learning self-sooth strategies - from Pooky Knightsmith