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Health resources

Health Resources

Find services aimed at improving health – from maternity and early years support to healthy lifestyles for children, young people and families.

Health and Wellbeing

Health Spot

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. 

How to support your own Health and 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.
  • 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.
  • Safe Hands Thinking Minds has produce lots of information regarding COVID-19, Anxiety, Stress, Podcasts and other links
  • Keeping active at home

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.


Mental Health

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.  ​

Every Mind Matters - Children'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.