CoronaVirus information + updates

Coronavirus has had a major effect on our lives as we know it as well as our services and support we can offer to young people and families at this time.

As an organisation we’ve become virtual, supplying online activities and information to our groups and participants. For a full programme see here.

Other local support is available to you in Somerset. For local support to the Wiveliscombe and area you can view https://www.wiveliscombe.com/coronavirus 

For further support there are helplines and support groups including;

 – Somerset Mindline: 01823 276892

 – Somerset Coronavirus Helpline: 0300 790 6275

 – Coronahelpers: https://www.corona-helpers.co.uk/

 – Young Somerset has launched a virtual hub with support for young people and parents

 – Community Council for Somerset Talking Virtual Cafes on Facebook live 

 – other advice available from our local authority in Somerset.

There of course has been many positive stories and work undertaken in the wake of coronavirus as displayed below.

VARIOUS SUPPORT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE:

Your GP Your local GP/GP out of hours/111/ 999

Kooth – Safe and anonymous online support for young people until 10pm – friendly counsellors, self-help and community support. kooth.com

Samaritans – Free, confidential emotional support for those experiencing distress, self harm, or suicidal feelings. https://www.samaritans.org/

Young Somerset’s Wellbeing Service – Free wellbeing support for young people experiencing low level mental health difficulties. Find out more here: https://www.youngsomerset.org.uk/wellbeing-support 

Young Minds – From eating disorders, to abuse, anxiety, and depression – suggests support for a huge range of difficulties for young people and their parents/carers. https://youngminds.org.uk/

Childline – Free and confidential support and information via message boards, 1-1 telephone calls, and online support. https://www.childline.org.uk/ / 0800 1111

NSPCC – Provides useful tips surrounding self-harm to help parents. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/childrens-mental-health/self-harm/

Bullying UK – Offers support and advice to young people and families. https://www.bullying.co.uk/ Confidential helpline 0808 800 222 Open Monday-Friday 9am-9pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am-3pm Email askus@familylives.org.uk

Frank – Information about drugs, their effects and the law around them. https://www.talktofrank.com/ Helpline 0300 123 6600 Open 24/7, 7 days a week. Text support 82111 Email https://www.talktofrank.com/contact

LGBTQ + Switchboard – Helpline, support and advice for anyone who is struggling with their gender identity. 0300 330 0630 Open 10am-10pm every day Online chat chris@switchboard.lgbt

Safe Space – Empowering students to affect change by supporting student-led efforts to positively impact their own schools and local communities. https://www.glsen.org/

2BU Somerset – Resources and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young peoples in Somerset. 2bu-somerset.co.uk

Cruse – Bereavement support for adults and young people. cruse.org.uk

CEOP Police – Provides information about keeping young people safe alone, and if you are concerned about online sexual abuse. ceop.police.uk

Somewhere House – Somewhere House aims to reach individuals who most need help through a variety of services, including low cost counselling, educational workshops and community projects. They see clients in Burnham, Highbridge, Cheddar, Bridgwater and local schools. somewherehousesomerset.org

The Mix – Support for under 25’s around a variety of issues such as mental health, exam stress, relationships, and drugs. themix.org.uk Helpline 0808 808 4994 Crisis Text Service, Text ‘THEMIX’ to 85258, 1:1 chat https://www.themix.org.uk/get-support/speak-to-our-team Open 7 days a week 4pm-11pm