In mid-October, we attended a virtual webinar organised by the NSPA (National Suicide Prevention Alliance) that looked into how services were reaching out to and supporting children and young people during the Covid-19 pandemic. The speakers were from Papyrus, Kooth, and Winston’s Wish. For this month’s resources, we wanted to highlight these organisations and signpost where support is available for children and young people to navigate their mental health during this ongoing pandemic, and provide support for those who have lost family and loved ones.
Papyrus is a national charity that is dedicated to the prevention of suicide in children and young people aged under 35. The team at Papyrus focus their work in three key areas – Support, Equip, Influence. Their Hopeline provides support to young people suffering with suicidal thoughts, and offers guidance and advice to those who have concerns about young people in their life.
They also offer skills training programmes, and engage with communities to equip them with the know-how to deliver successful suicide prevention projects. Lastly, they continuously campaign about suicide prevention to influence the national agenda and work towards the national suicide prevention strategy. Learn about the work Papyrus do at www.papyrus-uk.org/
Kooth are an organisation creating easy accessible digital mental health care, with an app commissioned by the NHS, Local Authorities, charities and businesses that is offering personalised mental health support to children and young people.
During the NSPA webinar, Kooth highlighted their response to the Covid-19 pandemic including significant investment into technology, additional counsellors available during key hours, over 100 articles written to support users during the pandemic and a number of successful online campaigns. Read more about their work at www.koothplc.com/
Winston’s Wish, the first UK childhood bereavement charity, offer vital support to bereaved children and young people, and to the families and professionals that continue to care for them. Whether it be one off support or ongoing services, the experienced team at Winston’s Wish deliver a host of support that goes even further beyond their fantastic Freephone National Helpline, ASK email, Crisis Messenger and online chat services.
They also have an online library full of publications, resources and links directing families and bereaved young people and children to extensive support. In addition, the team deliver drop in sessions, training days to help professionals in how they care for children and young people who have experienced loss, as well as offering guidance and advice to schools. See more about the work they do at www.winstonswish.org
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