Children’s Mental Health Week

Children’s Mental Health Week  takes place between 1 and 7 February 2021. The theme of the week is “Express Yourself”. The aim is to encourage us all to explore ways we can express ourselves and share feelings, thoughts and ideas. The free downloadable campaign resources include materials for both primary and secondary schools and can be adapted for use in school, or at home. The campaign is led by the children’s charity, Place2Be. 

 

 

Free resources for children and young people

On Warrington’s Happy? OK? Sad? site, you’ll find links to a range of free services and resources, relating to children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Click here for more details. The areas covered include:

  • Mental health support services for children and young people
  • Signposting or referring a child or young person into services
  • Free mental health resources for young people 
  • National In Your Corner materials for schools
  • Make Time and the Five Ways to Wellbeing resources
  • Better Health, Every Mind Matters resources
  • COVID-19 and wellbeing resources for young people
  • Free training relating to young people’s mental health and wellbeing

 

Support services for children and young people
The Happy? OK? Sad? site has a page for children and young people, with details of mental health information and support they can access themselves. To find this information:

  1. Go to www.happyoksad.org.uk
  2. Click the blue button “children and young people”
  3. Then look under the dark  heading “information and support”

Time to Talk Day - 4 February 2021

The Time to Talk Day campaign encourages everyone to break down barriers and help change attitudes, by talking about mental health. The theme, “the power of small”, emphasises that small acts, such as a conversation, can make a big difference. Talking about mental health doesn’t have to be difficult. Time to Change has free, downloadable Time to Talk Day resources. These include include posters, bunting, coasters, games and graphics for social media. 

 

Mental health and wellbeing support for front line staff, parents and carers

Young Minds

Young Minds runs a Parents’ Helpline, which offers free, confidential advice and support to parents and carers concerned about the mental health of a child or young person (up to the age of 25). This support can be accessed by phone, webchat and email. The Young Minds site also provides mental health and wellbeing information to young people themselves.

PAPYRUS debrief Service

As well as providing support to young people who feel suicidal and to people concerned about a young person, PAPYRUS offers a debrief service. People, of any age, can ring HOPELINEUK on 0800 068 41 41, to debrief, after a recent encounter with suicide.

Examples of who the service is for are below:

  • A concerned other, after a patient, client, or loved one has attempted suicide.
  • A concerned other, after they have asked someone “are you thinking about suicide?” and the answer is “yes”.
  • A first responder, after they have attended the scene of a suicide, or an attempted suicide.
  • Anyone who has had a recent encounter with suicide, or who has recently witnessed a suicide.

Our Frontline

Our Frontline provides one to one mental health support, to front line staff, who are working during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trained volunteers offer support 24/7, via call or text. There are separate web pages and resources for key workers in health, emergency services, education, social care and other essential services.

 

Mental health support services for adults
The Happy? OK? Sad? site includes a page with details of mental health support for adults. To find this information:

  1. Go to www.happyoksad.org.uk
  2. Click the blue button “adults”
  3. Then look under the dark  heading “information and support”

 

Urgent support

Details of mental health support services for someone in crisis, can be found here, more details about the local mental health crisis line are below:

 

Local NHS Mental Health Crisis Line

 The Mental Health Crisis Line is: 

  • available 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • for people experiencing a mental health crisis, who need urgent support
  • for people concerned that a friend or family member is in a mental health crisis
  • for people who live in Warrington, Halton, Knowsley or St Helens 
  • for people of all ages, including children and young people
  • free to call: 0800 051 1508

More information about the Mental Health Crisis Line can be found on the links below:
 

Crisis Line information for people experiencing a crisis

Crisis Line information for professionals