General support

 

General – for parents

 

Samaritans

Call 116 123 - free
https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/

Call any time, day or night Whatever you're going through, you can call us any time, from any phone for FREE.

The coronavirus outbreak is having an impact on everybody’s life. Social distancing means that most events are cancelled, schools are closed, and people must work from home when they can.

National Autistic Society - Resources for Autistic people and families

https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/coronavirus/resources/helpful-resources.aspx

This is hard for everyone, but we know that for some autistic people of all ages these things could trigger intense stress and lead to a meltdown or a shut down. 

We know many of our supporters are feeling anxious, so we’ve collected a series of resources, which includes, social stories, a new daily schedule template, how to keep children entertained, managing anxiety and much more! Take a look... 

 

Mind UK - managing anxiety

UK Mental Health Charity with information and an online mutual support community

https://www.mind.org.uk/
https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/support-community-elefriends/

 

General support – for young people

 

Samaritans - Find out more about emotional health and how we can support you.

https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/schools/young-people/

What is Emotional Health? Emotional health is about the way we think and feel, and the ability to manage our feelings and deal with difficulties. Having good emotional health is not the same thing as being happy all the time. Everyone experiences difficult feelings from time to time, and often we don’t know what to do to help us get back on track.

How Can Samaritans help you? Anyone can contact Samaritans, no matter how old you are.

Call 116 123 - free

 

What Samaritans say.....

What happens when you call us?

A volunteer will answer

If you phone us, we will answer with something like "Samaritans, can I help you?"

You talk, we listen

We listen to you and help you talk through your concerns, worries and troubles.

We give you space to be yourself

We'll focus on your thoughts and feelings, and may ask questions to help you explore how you feel.

We won't tell you what you should do

We won't make decisions for you, our advice or opinions are not important for the call.

 

www.kooth.com -Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people

www.youngminds.org.uk - Corona virus advice and mental health support (Parents helpline also available)

www.keep-your-head.com - reliable information on mental health and wellbeing for children, young people and adults reliable information on mental health and wellbeing for children, young people and adults 

 

 

Helpful resources for talking to children about Coronavirus

 

Covibook - A short book about Coronavirus for children under 7 - https://www.mindheart.co/descargables

Newsround video -Drs Chris and Xand explain what’s happening

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51342366?fbclid=IwAR3CyZq5rzXVoyGCgWjjpx6YqoetuZ1tP16y7wMjUR6uwgWyhRmf0aFTrAs

 

 

Resources for children and young people with additional needs:

The Autism Educator - Visual story about what the coronavirus is

https://theautismeducator.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/The-Corona-Virus-Free-Printable-Updated-2-The-Autism-Educator-.pdf

 

Carol Gray has created a social story about Pandemics and the Coronavirus
https://carolgraysocialstories.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Pandemics-and-the-Coronavirus.pdf

 

Mencap website - Contains a link to the most up to date version of their “Easy Read” for young people and adults with learning difficulties

https://www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/health/coronavirus