Coronavirus; help support and advice

This page provides information and advice about Coronavirus as well as information about Hampshire CAMHS and how we are working to support young people and their families during this time.

Our Hampshire service has continued to operate since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.  We have needed to change the way we run our service to comply with the rules laid down by the Government.  We have been able to support most young people we see through either digital consultations or telephone.  Where there has been a clinical need to see someone in person we have done this through observing the social distancing guidelines.

The lockdown measures taken by the government have started to be eased.  However, restrictions still remain in place.  More detailed guidance on the measures still in place can be found at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

The NHS still needs to adhere to the social distancing measures and nationally there is a requirement for all consultations to happen remotely unless there is a clinical need for this to take place face to face.  We are also expected to continue to operate in line with the social distancing requirements.

Over the past few weeks risk assessments have been undertaken at all of our clinics and we are starting to introduce more face to face consultations where it is not possible to provide a therapeutic intervention remotely.  However, we still need to adhere to the relevant guidance, including social distancing measures.  This means that we are not able to have as many people in the clinics as usual and as a result we need to prioritise which young people we see in person.  Please be considerate to our staff who are needing to make difficult decisions as to who to prioritise as we know that many young people would prefer to be seen in person.

To make sure we adhere to the government guidance you are likely to see some changes when you next come to see us.  Here are some key messages:

If we have agreed you need to be seen in person some examples of the things that might be different include:

It will be normal to experience a differing of emotions such as anxiety, worry or confusion at this time. You’ll really notice the change in your routines and it will take a bit of thought and support to develop new ones that maintain and support your emotional wellbeing.

Top Tips
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Set a Daily and Weekly Routine

  • This supports you to have structure and purpose in your day and week.
  • Balance your weekly routine and activities so there is a good mix of work (things that have to be done), rest and leisure/play.
  • It can help by breaking down your day into; morning, afternoon and evening activities.
  • Make sure you get up and get dressed every day. Make sure you make regular meals at regular times.

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2

Set Daily Achievable Goals

  • These provide a sense of purpose and achievement.
  • You may want to make a ‘To Do’ list or doing set a goal to do something you have been meaning to get round to.
  • Self-Care would be supportive goals to make such as taking a bath or grooming a pet.

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3

Make Time for Self-Care

  • Taking care of yourself can really support your mood. This can include keeping a good Sleep routine, eating a balanced diet, exercising within your own limits and taking care of any underlying medical conditions.
  • Can you identify a self-care task important to you and add this to your routine. May be something you want to get better at such as styling your hair or talking a regular walk.
  • Limit how much news you are exposed to; whilst it is important to know and understand what is going on, exposure to news stories may increase anxiety and agitation

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Values; Making time for the things important to you

  • We can forget how important our usual activities are.
  • Try to notice what these may have been and which are most important? What can you change so you can do it at home? For example, instead of going to a class you can do online yoga or organise a quiz at home or group video chat with your friends.

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Identify the Triggers that Make You Feel Low

  • Feeling worried, upset, sad, lonely and frustrated during this time is normal and understandable. There is a lot of uncertainty and changes happening which can be hard to deal with.
  • You may find your mood may be linked to changes in your daily routine, such as moving enough, not going outside, not having contact with friends and family as often as you are used to.
  • The news and social media platforms can both be helpful and unhelpful during these times so make sure you ‘Practice Safe Social!’
    • Audit your usage; did it make you feel good? How often are you using it? How long are you using it?
    • Clean it Up; unfollow, mute, block and limit stuff that doesn’t make you feel good.
    • Model good behaviour (be kind, treat others how you’d like to be treated) and report keyboard warriors.
    • Think about the purpose of social media- to tell stories and communicate with others- are there other ways to do this? Can you have some digital downtime?
    • Healthy Habit Pairing – If using social media becomes compulsive, build in a positive habit that pairs with it such as 10 min social media, 10 mins craft, cook, phone someone.
    • Positive Empathy & a more fulfilling feed : Felling positive feelings on behalf of another by engaging with other’s good news stories and share your own. Find a new charity or cause to support online as helping others can bring out own fulfilment.
    • Explore ways to reduce or mange these and reward yourself when you have!

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Create a Suitable Place For You / Your Child To Study

  • It is important to have a space that is different from social / relaxation space or is tidied away at the end of studying. It may be helpful to check in with your child when they are studying in case they need support.
  • If you are talking to a mental health worker make sure you have a private space where you won’t be interrupted.
  • Take regular break

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7

Talk with Family , Friends and Neighbours

  • This will help others understand how you are feeling and how they can help.
  • Make time for family social time / game time or doing an activity together.
  • You may be able to use apps on your mobile phone to talk or make this easier.

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Speak to Support Agencies to explore possible further Tips / Advice and Support to help you at this time.

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