COVID-19 has transformed lives unimaginably, it has touched us all in some way or other and it is difficult to predict what the long term impact will have on the mental health of children and young people. However, we know that schools play a key role in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of C&YP throughout the COVID-19 recovery phase and beyond. Whilst we find ourselves in another lockdown, schools, parents and carer givers are trying to juggle remote learning, live lessons and day to day life, all whilst trying to protect the mental health and wellbeing of our children and young people.
The NHSGGC Mental Health Improvement Team have developed four online activities to help support mental health and wellbeing, encourage conversations during lockdown and increase awareness of supports and resources available at this time. Session notes with supporting PowerPoint presentations are embedded in the document and can be downloaded. A selection of suggested home school mental health activities have also been included.
It is also important that we recognise the impact the demands are, or may be having on staff, parents and carers mental health during these unprecedented times and we encourage you to access supports appropriate to your needs if you feel overwhelmed. Our mental health supports document offers a selection of helplines and websites available across Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Nationally. Our Healthy Minds Pocket guide can also be downloaded which includes information on a mental health support organisation in each of the 6 Health and Social Care Partnerships; Glasgow City, East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire and Inverclyde, tips for looking after your mental health and who to contact if someone is in distress.