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Tools to Optimise Mental Health -
in an Extraordinary Time

Resources Newsletter  - April 2020

At a time when families are thrown together as never before, here is a series of expert podcasts to help parents understand and manage child and family mental health problems.

The series, Child in Mind, is presented by BBC Radio 4 presenter Claudia Hammond. In each 20-minute episode, she discusses an important issue in child and family mental health with an expert and a young person or parent.

Topics include:
What do we know about childhood anxiety and what can parents do about it?
What is ADHD and what help is available for children with ADHD ?
What is therapy and does it work?

Why do some people self-harm?
What is trauma and how does it affect the brain?
What are eating disorders

To access these podcasts, click HERE or subscribe via  this iTunes channel.

Living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty

Our world is changing rapidly at the moment. Given some of the news coverage, it would be hard not to worry about what it all means for yourself, and for those you love.

Worry and anxiety are common problems at the best of times, and when it takes over it can become all-encompassing. This free guide helps you to manage your worry and anxiety in these uncertain times.
Once you have read the information, feel free to try the exercises if you think they might be helpful to you.
It's natural to struggle when times are uncertain, so remember to offer care and compassion to yourself, and to those around you.
Click HERE to download

Working at Home with Kids?

Click HERE to view this short (2 minute) video that gives guidance on working alongside home schooling and managing children in lockdown.

Protecting the psychological health of children through effective communication about COVID-19

The attention of the world is rightly focused on measures to mitigate the transmission and economic effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this rapidly changing situation, media and social conversations are entirely dominated by the outbreak, and children are exposed to large amounts of information and high levels of stress and anxiety in the adults around them.
Simultaneously, children are experiencing substantial changes to their daily routine and social infrastructure, which ordinarily foster resilience to challenging events. 
Parents would do anything to protect their children from distress and might avoid talking about difficult feelings and events.
However, research shows that even children as young as 2 years are aware of the changes around them.

To read the full article in The Lancet, including guidance for parents, and the important of Mental Health First Aid, from The Department of Psychiatry, at the University of Oxford, click HERE.

For five practical tips from the BPS (British Psychological Society) on HOW to talk to your children click HERE 

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