Health and Wellbeing
Health Spot is a new extended GP hub, founded as a collaboration between Spotlight youth service and Tower Hamlets GP Care Group, and specifically caters to the physical and mental health needs of young people age 11-25.
This service currently operates online, with aims to open an in-person hub in the Lansbury Spotlight building soon, and works closely with our youth workers for a more holistic healthcare offering.
How to support your own wellbeing
- BBC Newsround has collaborated with psycologist Laverne Antrobus to compile a range of tips to look after yourself in the current climate
- Connect with other people and talk about your feelings
- Keep active
- Try to be 'mindful' and don't worry about what you can't control
- Do what you enjoy
- Be kind
- Rethink Mental Illness has put together a guide for coping with stress
- Parentership for Children have developed short ten minute activities to help children find healthy ways to deal with their feelings. The activities cover feelings, staying connected, dealing with change, getting along, dealing with worries and relaxing. They are designed for children aged 5 to 9 but can be adapted for younger or older children
- Extra mental health support for pupils and teachers
- PSYCLE are live-streaming a whole range of brilliant workouts which are free during the week. Sessions run every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 1:30pm. Workouts can be access in your own time, each week will focus on strengthening and toning a different area of the body.
- What can you learn from the Count and the Cookie Monster? In this two-minute video, the Count teaches the Cookie Monster a calming breathing exercise. Try it together and maybe it will become a way of helping you through difficult times.
- Seven foods that might lift your mood during lockdown
- Yoga with Adriene (and Benji!) - Getting back to the true you can be simple. Yoga offers a way for us to see a world that is working for us instead of against. It reminds us that everything is connected, so we must live, act and breathe with awareness. Benji is Adrience's dog, will he appear in a video?
- Fitness Blender - Videos featuring a range of exercises and workouts. You can choose exercises by degree of difficulty, type, gender and whether equipment is needed or not - Registration is NOT required
- Are you looking for healthy alternatives to your children's sugary snacks? Let Sugar Swap help
- Joe Wicks body coach - Suitable for Primary, Secondary aged children and Parents.
- Cosmic Kids Yoga and Mindfulness - suitable for Primary aged children. Yoga and Minfulness can support your mental and physical wellbeing and you may find this relaxing and calming. The clips are of varying lengths, but are all fairly short. You will find Yoga, Mindfulness and Relaxation designed especially for primary school aged children, but there is nothing to stop adults from benefitting as well!
- Young Minds - Parents Wellbeing
- Fitness videos from the NHS - Suitable for Primary, Secondary and Parents. Take your pick from 24 instructor led videos across aerobics exercise, strength and resistance, Pilates and Yoga. These workout have been created by fitness instructors. These sessions are live and range from 10 - 45 minutes.
- Health and Wellbeing Apps
- Safe Hands Thinking Minds has produce lots of information regarding COVID-19, Anxiety, Stress, Podcasts and other links
- Keeping active at home
Physical Health and Wellbeing
Tower Hamlets is the top perfoming borough for The Daily Mile and so we would encourage all schools to carry on with this fantastic initiative. The Department for Education have put together a series of videos promoting physical health and wellbeing in schools. It is important to keep children and young people active, even during challenging times. There are also videos ranging from adpting physical activity to make it COVID secure, active travel, active learning, mental health and wellbeing through physical activity, encouraging girls to be active, and a few others.
The Tower Hamlets all ages mental health crisis line is available 24 hours a day and callers will be given support and advice from mental health professionals. It has been designed as a “first port of call” for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis and to remove the need for those people, including children and young people, to seek help via hospital A&E services. Freephone 0800 073 0003
Public Health England has launched a new NHS approved campaign directly targeting young people aged 13-18 and parents/carers of children and young people from 5-18, with additional engagement provided via school resources.
Schools can now access marketing and communications materials to help support and promote the campaign, as well as curriculum-linked teaching resources on mental wellbeing.
Good Thinking: Downloadable mental health workbooks for adults. Good Thinking have now collated on their website a set of free downloadable booklets for adults to promotes mental wellbeing, including anxiety, sleep, Coronavirus and mental health, parents and carers and much more.
Self-care top tips for young parents and carers
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families Self-care top tips for young parents and carers booklet offers some simple self-care advice for young parents and carers about the importance of self-care and looking after their own mental health and wellbeing whilst raising children. For more information see Anna Freud's website.
Toolkit for teachers, pupils and parents during children’s mental health week
Once again, school, further education leaders and staff are on the front line, supporting children, young people and their families during the pandemic. Keeping schools open to vulnerable and key worker children whilst returning to remote learning during another lockdown is enormously challenging for everyone.
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families have created the ‘Express Yourself’ toolkit to help school staff, pupils, parents and carers to prepare for Children’s Mental Health Week running next week from 1st to 7th February.
Every Mind Matters - Chldren's and Young People Mental Health Campaign
The new advice available on the Every Mind Matters website has been developed in partnership with leading children and young people’s mental health charities and is designed to help parents and carers spot the signs that children may be struggling with their mental health; how to support them and advice about maintaining good mental wellbeing.
In addition to the advice for parents and carers the site also provides tools to help young people build resilience and equips them to look after their mental wellbeing.
- If you are struggling with your Mental Health during these difficult times take a look and see what help is available here
- Young people accross the UK are feeling increased levels of anxiety due to COVID-19; if this is you then take a look at the Princes Trust guidance and resources on how to cope.
- How to look after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak
- Tips on looking after your mental health while self-isolating
- Kooth is a well established award winning service accredited by The British Association of Psychotherapy and Counselling (BAPC). One of the numerous advantages of KOOTH is that there are NO referral or waiting times where young people can sign up to and anonymously access the service which helps with reducing the stigma around Mental Health and also attracts more children and young people to seek support for their mental wellbeing. Kooth supports young people aged between 11-25 years.
- Minds in Tower Hamlets and Newham
- Mind every day tips for coping with Mental Health
- Mental Well-being support for adults. The mental well-being service 'Good Thinking' website includes
- Guides to manage your mental health;
- Information aimed at healthcare workers and families;
- Personal Stories; and,
- Useful Links