Supporting young people’s mental health and wellbeing

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is going to affect everyone’s daily lives – regardless of age.

Liverpool CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health service) is working with its partners across the city to ensure children, young people and families get the support they need during this time.

The message is simple – despite the challenges coronavirus poses, there are still services in operation which will provide a help to anyone who needs it.

All those involved in providing mental health support services are aware younger people can, and will, react in different ways – it depends on their age how they understand information and communicate, their previous experiences, and how they typically cope with stress.

They have pulled together lots of useful advice on their website which gives easy and quick access to information about counselling services, ADHD support, coping strategies, wellbeing and school support.

There is also national information available here, which goes into detail about how different age groups may react to the pandemic. It offers advice to many different groups of children including those with existing mental health support needs, children with autism, children with physical disabilities and young people who may be carers for others.

Any child or young person who is in crisis should call the Alder Hey Crisis Care team on 0151 293 3577. The line is open 24-hours, seven days a week.