Mental Health Helpline now available 24/7 to support Somerset communities
Somerset NHS Foundation Trust’s CAMHS and Young Somerset are joining forces with the Mental Health Alliance to deliver a 24/7 Mental Health Helpline. Expanding on the existing successful Somerset Mindline service, the round-the-clock helpline will make it quicker and easier for people in Somerset to get the right advice they need for their mental health and wellbeing.
Open 24 hours a day, seven-days a week, it is open to people of all ages who need urgent mental health support. The helpline on 01823 276892 is the first port of call for mental health help – it is operated by people in your local area who will know how best to support you. They are providing second-stage support to Mindline call handlers where the needs of children & young people may need further, on-going support. Both CAMHS and Young Somerset have access to their own provision and can guide, support and broker a range of partner services for callers. For more information, please visit here.
Educational Psychology Service Helpline for Parents
Whilst COVID-19 continues to present us all with challenges, the Educational Psychology Service are operating a helpline for parents to contact our service. If you become aware of a family experiencing issues including any of the following, then please invite them to contact us on EPSHelpline@somerset.go.uk to arrange a free 30 min consultation. Concerns from family’s may include:
- Anxiety around COVID-19 and the impact it is having on their children and family
- Supporting parents/carers to support their child’s emotional needs
- Concerns about family relationships
- Concerns about friendships, learning, daily structure and activities
Find out more about the Education Psychology Service's helpline for parents/carers
These resources give guidance on how parents/carers can support themelves and their children through these difficult times.
A simple resource to help you talk to your child about Covid-19.
Somerset Support Services for Education have provided resources to support you in talking to your child about Covid-19.
We hope the following links will support you in talking to your children about Covid-19. You can also direct them to the children's section of the website, where we have some useful Newsround links.