NHS England issues mental health advice for children going back to school
NHS England’s is urging parents to be alert to signs that children could be experiencing anxiety, distress or low mood as some pupils return to school this week. NHS mental health services remain available for children and young people. and NHS England are working in partnership with schools and other services to support children and their families.
Parents can also take simple steps to help children who might be struggling to deal with the loneliness and uncertainty of lockdown or fears about returning to school. For more information, links and guidance click here.
Support during coronavirus
We are continuing to deliver our services to young people and their families during coronavirus – including additional crisis support. We have had to make some temporary changes to the way that we do things, for example in minimising face-to-face contact, but our teams are here to support you.
Help in a crisis
We are offering additional crisis support. If a child or young person (under 18) is experiencing a mental health crisis, you can now access Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) 24/7. Please contact 03300 245 321 during normal hours (8am-5pm, Mon to Fri) or 0300 555 5000 outside these hours. Callers will speak to a call handler, their call will be forwarded to a voicemail service and their message will be returned within one hour. There are three CAMHS crisis teams – Torbay and South Devon; Exeter, East and Mid Devon; and North Devon. Your call will be directed to the appropriate team. In the event of an emergency please call 999.
A list of helpful resources, apps and organisations to support children, families and young people can be found here