Wellbeing and Mental Health
The every mind matters website was updated last week and is a really helpful online resource. It’s easy to use and there is expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing. What I like is that everything is in one place and there are lots of great video’s and links to NHS resources.
There are tips on looking after children and young people, tackling working from home, tips if you are worried about coronavirus and also how to look after your mental wellbeing at home. There are also some 10-minute home workouts which are great.
Another great service available is an online service, Kooth.com, which is now available in Salford for 11 to 18 year olds who are struggling with their mental health, particularly during the coronavirus outbreak. If you work with families and young people, or if you know any young people in this age group who are struggling, please let them know about this new free service. They can find out more and sign up at Kooth.com. The service is available to all 11 to 18 year olds who live in Greater Manchester. You can find out about other support available for young people in Salford here.
SEND and Health-Important Contact Numbers
Salford Contacts for SEND health queries during the COVID 19 Pandemic
The numbers below are available Monday – Friday during office hours and are for quick and easy access to health professionals where there are urgent queries about a child or young person with special educational needs.
For general health queries:
• Parents are still advised to seek advice from their GP. They are able to give advice via telephone and arrange face to face appointments where these are needed.
• When you child is ill or injured it is very difficult to decide who you should contact to get help. During the current situation and while the government is asking everyone to stay at home the guidance at the end of this message may help you
For Medical queries
• A Paediatrician is available on 0161 206 0253
• Urgent new referrals will be dealt with as normal and discussed via the telephone or seen face to face if this is needed.
• Existing appointments have been converted to telephone appointments and parents notified of this by letter
• Review appointments will still happen but may be delayed
• If a child is awaiting a review appointment and there is concern which is urgent and cannot wait, then please contact the above number
For Therapy queries
Speech &Language Therapy
• A Speech and Language therapist is available on 0161 206 2509 or via the Speak Up Salford website https://www.speakupsalford.nhs.uk/
• Urgent feeding referrals will be managed as usual and discussed via the telephone in the first instance. If a face to face appointment is needed this will take place at Pendleton Gateway or within the home setting if no family members are showing symptoms of covid-19. Please note that therapy staff will be wearing protective equipment.
• We are not currently accepting any new referrals for communication difficulties, but we can give advice if you contact us on the helpline above
• All existing appointments have been converted to telephone appointments and parents will be notified of this by letter
• For children on our caseload with EHCPs and/or were already receiving regular therapy we will try and make contact with you to talk parents through a home therapy plan.
• The SLT team are also exploring ways to use video calling and video advice clips to provide more support to families at home.
Occupational Therapy & Physiotherapy
• A physiotherapist / Occupational therapist is available on 0161 607 1448
• The service will ensure that as much of a child’s postural management equipment is available at home as possible
• All caseload children will be provided with an updated at home therapy plan to help parents/carers to continue to support their child A member of the team will be available over the phone to support families with any concerns about a child’s therapy or the equipment. If it is identified that a home visit is needed to review equipment, then this will be offered as long as there is no one in the family home that are showing symptoms of coronavirus. We may also contact families over the phone to carry out review
• All children who had an appointment in a clinic will be telephoned within a week of that appointment to be reviewed over the phone. If the therapist needs to see your child, you will be invited to a face to face appointment at either Pendleton or Swinton Gateway.
• The team are exploring ways to use video calling to provide more support to families at home.
• The team are still accepting referrals. Urgent referrals will be contacted by phone for an initial assessment. Routine referrals will be allocated a telephone clinic appointment in line with our usual waiting times. A letter will be sent about this appointment.
For Mental Health queries
CAMHS is open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm and can be contacted on the following telephone numbers:
• Salford CAMHS Tel: 0161 518 5499
• CAMHS 16/17 Service( Emerge ) Tel: 0161 226 7457
• New Referrals are being received as usual will be reviewed by a clinician who will decide if CAMHS is the right service for you. If so, we will ring you to discuss your worries and make a plan with you.
• If you are already a CAMHS patient your named worker will keep in touch by telephone with in the next 4 weeks. Some young people may need to continue to be seen face to face in CAMHS, we will be in touch to arrange this.
• CAMHS continues to support our local hospitals and young people who are in crisis and require urgent appointments.
• CAMHS have a daily duty worker available to offer advice and support to families, carers and young people and professionals
• This website contains lots of useful information:
Resources to Support Well-being
The GM Health & Social Care Partnership have updated their website to include advice, information and resources to support and manage well-being in this current situation.
The information and resources cover the following:
• Children, young people and families
• Digital mental health resources
• Learning disability and autism
• Older people and carers
• Looking after your mental health and well-being
To access the webpage follow this link: https://hub.gmhsc.org.uk/mental-health/covid-19-mental-health-and-wellbeing-resources/
CAMHS Supporting Mental Health and Well-being
CAMHS have created a website for young people, carers and professionals bringing together lots of helpful resources from across the internet that are available to help support mental health and well-being.
Salford's Information and resources for parents and carers
Salford have put together some useful information for parents and carers during the coronavirus outbreak. From talking to children about coronavirus and dealing with anxiety, to tips on home schooling and fun things to do at home, go to https://www.salford.gov.uk/cvinfoforparents.
A reminder for parents about the importance of staying safe online
We know that during social isolation children and teenagers will inevitably turn to the digital world for entertainment and escapism as well as for learning and staying in touch. This offers tremendous opportunities for innovation and creativity, but inevitably new levels of risk. It may be also be that spending more time together at home may put some pressure on families. The Children’s Society has written a helpful article for families who are self-isolating at home: Dealing with conflict at home.
If your child is following any online learning, either through school or home learning websites, it is important to consider how to keep safe.
The following are useful resources for families to use and consider to support safe online use during this period of time.
Supporting our parents, children and young people with social distancing and self- isolation
We know that this is a very unusual time for young people right now.
You will be wondering what to do and how to support other people as we practise social distancing and self-isolation from one another. Luckily, technology, if used properly, can be a helpful way to stay mentally healthy and active. Your school will be providing a range of learning for you to do which will help to keep your minds fresh and help you to stick to a routine.
Here are some suggestions to help you to keep you busy, happy and safe over the next few weeks.
Domestic abuse and COVID-19
It's important to know that you are not alone. Even if you are unable to leave your home at the moment, you can still access support.
Follow this link to Safe Lives website for information and helplines.
For information regarding Economic Abuse and the COVID-19 outbreak please follow this link.
If you are in immediate danger, please call 999 and ask for the police.
If you are not in immediate danger, SIDAs and the following helplines are advised:
0808 2000 247 (run by Refuge)
Men's Advice Line: 0808 801 0327
Respect helpline: 0808 802 4040 (for anyone worried that they may be harming someone else)
Advice for parents: talking to children about coronavirus
As a parent, there are always conversations you'd prefer not to have with your children – and when something as out-of-the-blue and unknown as the coronavirus strikes, it's hard to know where to begin.
In this Parent Info article, we give parents and carers advice on how to open a conversation with their child about coronavirus, help them spot misinformation and put their mind at ease.
For tips for starting the difficult coronavirus conversation with your child please follow this link.