Extra mental health support for teachers and pupils
The Government announced new online resources designed by health and education experts will be provided to schools and colleges to boost mental health support for staff and pupils, encouraging them to talk more confidently about the anxieties and concerns they feel as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. You can find out more about this announcement here.
Are you finding it hard to cope emotionally and do you need to talk to someone? Community counselling is offering free emotional support by phone and online counselling to adults in the borough that are severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. This service is aimed at people who are unable to access counselling at the moment.
You can apply online at www.communitycounselling.co.uk or you can text the team on 07787 339321.
Local Support and advice
Up to date information and advice available on the Hounslow Council Website
The Hounslow Community Support Hub is here to harness that fantastic community spirit, and ensure the borough’s most at risk and isolated people receive the food supplies they need and other essential support, which may range from befriending to more complex care. Please contact 020 7084 9697 or Hub@hounslow.gov.uk.
For all medical enquiries please continue to contact the NHS on 111.nhs.uk.
Domestic Violence - During the COVID-19 restrictions, domestic and sexual violence services will continue to provide support and advice to you. These services may not be able to meet in person but will be available on the telephone or online to help you keep you and your family safe. For further information and support please visit Domestic violence | London Borough of Hounslow
Immunisations - Whilst preventing the spread of coronavirus is a public health priority, so is keeping up with routine immunisations to avoid outbreaks of other vaccine preventable diseases. You will usually be contacted by your GP surgery if you are or your child is due a routine vaccine, but you can also contact them if you know a vaccination is due.
It is important to go to your appointments unless you, your child or someone you live with has symptoms or coronavirus. Hounslow GP surgeries are still providing routine immunisations in a safe environment, if you have concerns about attending you should call your surgery to discuss.
Children's Centres although you can not visit a children's centre at the moment they are still offering support and advice to families with children aged 0-5 years.
Hounslow's ChatHealth team - If you are worried about any aspect of your health, feeling stressed about anything text 07507 333176 and a member of the NHS school nursing team will come back to you within 24 hours from 9am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
Hounslow Education Psychology service have written a guide for emotional well being for families with resources and links to support
COVID-19 SEND information and advice provides local and national resources for families who have children with a special educational need and or a disability.
Hounslow Youth Counselling Service (HYCS) are offering both new and existing clients the opportunity for telephone support
Young Hounslow - Advice for Life - has information on local and national support available to young people.
National Support and Advice
Every Mind Matters Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. We have expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.
- 10 tips to help if you're worried about coronavirus
- Looking after children and young people
- 7 simple ideas to tackle working from home
- Mental wellbeing while staying at home
Covibook(pdf) – 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
Supporting Young People Anna Freud Centre gives ideas for young people, parents and schools.
Young Minds - Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing.
Help and support for a young person: Text the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger, for free 24/7 support if you are experiencing a mental health crisis. If you need urgent help text YM to 85258. All texts are answered by trained volunteers.
Childline – 0800 11111 / www.childline.org.uk (online 1-2-1 counsellor chat) They also have the calm zone: www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone which has breathing exercises, activities, games and videos to help let go of stress.
Advice in accessible formats and different languages. You can find links to documents and resources in different languages and formats including accessible guides for people who are registered as deaf-blind or visually impaired on the council website.