Young people's support: Covid-19
Keep calm, stay connected, be safe
There's a lot going on in relation to the Coronavirus and the safety measures being put in place to tackle it.
The outbreak of Coronavirus may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in.
Youth Connect is offering a digital support service.
You can also get support from:
If you are experiencing distress or anxiety you can access:
The YoungMinds Crisis Messenger text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258.
Access online support from Kooth @ www.kooth.com
BANES School Nurse Service (Mon-Fri 12-2pm)
Norton/Radstock 01761 408111
Things you can do to support yourself
Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling
There are lots of new and technical terms flying around, here are what some of them mean:
Coronaviruses are a large group of different viruses. Each one is slightly different, but they all cause issues to your respiratory system, which is what helps you breathe. This can range from something like the common cold, to more serious infections or diseases.
Social distancing involves staying further away from people to make sure that people don't become unwell. It can mean simply standing further away from people in a queue, or avoiding going to busy places such as concerts or restaurants.
Social isolation is when someone stays away from other people to make sure they don't spread infections to others. This normally means staying at home and not going outside or having visitors to your house.