Covid-19 information for young people

As The Well Centre, we wanted to let you know that we are still here, able and willing to support you and provide services for your on-going or developing physical and mental health needs.

We are also able to still see you face to face if you prefer. Currently, we are running a mixture of online, telephone and face to face appointments to keep everyone safe and avoid overcrowding. We would also like to provide you with some additional information by answering some questions from young people on their healthcare and about COVID-19. We hope that our answers may help you cope with the restrictions that lockdown or self-isolation may have on your overall well-being.

Covid-19 FAQs

Is it OK to be worried about what’s happening?

These are truly extra-ordinary times where information and issues are changing extremely rapidly. It is not surprising that each day can feel totally different to the next and this is unsettling. What’s happening in the world right now can feel daunting, unable to make plans even for the immediate future – it’s very normal to feel anxious and unsure about things. Maybe your exams have been cancelled, or your first year at university has come to a sudden halt, or school has been closed for the foreseeable future? Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed, unproductive, anxious or hopeless, your feelings are justified – you are not alone in feeling this way.

Can I call to speak to a doctor if I am worried about my health?

Will any contact I make be confidential?

Will you have a record of my mobile or e-mail address if you need to contact me?

I am a young carer, should I let you know about this?

Social Media is giving me mixed messages and confusing me, how do I know what is true and what is false?

So where should I get my advice and information about COVID-19?

How can I occupy myself to avoid boredom and feeling even worse about things?

What is out there to help me cope with this pandemic?

Covid-19 Resources

Websites, apps and resources focused on helping you navigate through these uncertain times as well as supporting your emotional and physical well-being:

Young People Friendly Resources

Anna Freud  (links to number of wellbeing resources, list of sources of help for those with urgent needs)

Childline  (help and advice on a wide range of issues)

Footsteps Teeside  (coping with isolation, mental health & wellbeing. Resources peer reviewed by student Hollie Smith)

Health for Young People  (good links to advice & information on sexual health, mental health and long term conditions)

Healthy Young Minds (Herts based, Has links to local and national advice and sources)

The Mix  (advice and support for the Under 25’s)

Young People’s  (wide range of links to valuable resources)

Keeping Fit at Home

Herts sports partnership (workout from home)

SuperBetter  (Builds personal resilience and boosts physical and emotional wellbeing)

The Football Association (Staying fit at home)

Mental Health and Well-being

Calmharm  (UK charity on children & young people’s mental health)

Clearfear  (Free app to help with managing anxiety)

DistrACT  (Provides help around self harm and suicidal thoughts)

Headspace  (Guidance & training in mindfulness, free extended access during COVID=19)

Kooth  (Anonymous online support for young people)

MeeTwo  (Helps teenagers to talk about difficult things)

MindfulGnats (Helps young people develop mindfulness and relaxation skills)

MindShift (Canadian app with advice managing anxiety and depression)

MoodGym (Interactive program to help with low mood)

Recharge-move well, sleep well, be well (Program to help improve mood and energy levels)

Sleepio  (online sleep improvement programme)

Smiling minds  (Australian app-based meditation programme)

Young Minds (Children & young people’s mental health)

Top tips for parents to help their young person (by Author Dr Dominique Thompson)