Looking after your mental health
Why your mental health matters
In the same way that it's important to keep your physical health and diet in as good a shape as they possibly can be, it's also really important to keep an eye on your mental health.
Don't worry, though, this doesn't mean going out for a five-mile run or doing 50 press-ups or eating brown rice for a week...
In fact, if anything, the secret to good mental health is to learn when not to be like a drill sergeant with yourself. And when to be kind instead.
And... when to ask for help.
This week, it's Children's Mental Health Week, and we think that's the perfect opportunity to hit the pause button for a moment and have a quick think about your stress and anxiety levels.
Remember: you have the right to the highest attainable standard of mental health - and the Commissioner, together with everyone in this office, is working hard to ensure that this right is upheld.
But in the meantime, here are some handy tips and hacks that we've collected together to help you stay as happy and healthy as possible during this tricky time...
Great intro to Children's Mental Health week from Place2Be via a virtual assembly, delivered by Blue Peter's Lindsey Russell and CBBC Presenter Rhys Stephenson
Anna Freud Centre on being kind to yourself, young people's guides to coping with Covid, and more.
Blogs, videos, tips and guidance on staying on top of your mental health from Young Minds
A treasure trove of links and resources here from Research in Practice
You can find out about, and talk to, Mind Jersey here
Inspiring stories from Heads Together
Childline resources to help you cope with Coronavirus-related worry and stress« Back to Coronavirus advice and support
Coronavirus advice and support
- Stuck-at-home kits
- Child-friendly explanations
- Social distancing easy read pictures
- Nurse Dotty explains coronavirus to Dave the Dog
- 'Lockdown message' from the Commissioner
- Anna Freud advice on maintaining good mental health during periods of disruption
- Childline resources for coping with worry and lockdown stress
- Unicef resource highlighting how lockdown is affecting children and young people
- Children's rights and Covid-19 testing
- Looking after your mental health
Childline: 0800 1111
Childline is a free, private and confidential service where you (as a child or young person) can talk about anything. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, Childline is available for you, online, on the phone, anytime.
Calls from Jersey may be chargeable from mobiles and the number will appear on your mobile bill. To call Childline free from Jersey, try using a landline or phone box.
You can find out how to contact Childline online by visiting their website here.
Childline is available:
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Children and Families Hub: 01534 519000
If you have a concern about a child in Jersey, please contact the Children and Families Hub.
You can also email the Hub at email@example.com
The Children and Families Hub working hours are 8:30am-5pm Monday to Thursday; and 8:30am-4:30pm on Friday.
An out-of-hours service will operate at other times: the duty social worker can be reached by calling the Hub (01534 519000) and selecting option 4 or via the Hospital Switchboard on 442000.
The Children and Families Hub also offers support, advice and information for families.