Coronavirus help, support and advice

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

Our Sussex service is still operating, and we would like to make sure you remain safe and can observe the social distancing rules laid down by the government (gov.uk/coronavirus) during these times.

Here are the key messages:

If you are unsure about whether to attend or not, please contact the clinic first.

Top Tips
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Set a daily and weekly routine

a) This supports you to have structure and purpose in your day and week.

b) Balance your weekly routine and activities so there is a good mix of work (things that have to be done), rest and leisure/play.

c) It can help by breaking down your day into morning, afternoon and evening activities

d) Make sure you get up and get dressed every day. Make sure you make regular meals at regular times.

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Set daily achievable goals

a) 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

a) 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.

b) 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.

c) 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

a) We can forget how important our usual activities are.

b) 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

a) 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.

b) 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.

c) The news and social media platforms can both be helpful and unhelpful during these times so make sure you practice safe social! This means:

  • 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?

d) Healthy habit pairing – If using social media becomes compulsive, build in a positive habit that pairs with it, such as 10 minutes of social media, 10 minutes craft, cooking or phone someone.

e) Positive empathy and a more fulfilling feed – feeling 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.

f) 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

a) 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.

b) If you are talking to a mental health worker make sure you have a private space where you won’t be interrupted.

c) Take regular breaks.

Links to help you achieve this

  • Google Classroom
  • Check the downloads below for more information and support about working and studying from home.
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Talk with family, friends and neighbours

a) This will help others understand how you are feeling and how they can help.

b) Make time for family social time/game time or doing an activity together.

c) 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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  • How to FACE COVID by Dr Russ Harris: Acceptance and commitment therapy
  • How to wash your hands: Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Coronavirus and staying safe: A Makaton version by Alex Kelly, Speaking Space
  • Coronavirus explained to children by Eurac Research
  • Answering questions children have about Coronavirus: The Children's Hospital, Colorado
  • How to FACE COVID by Dr Russ Harris: Acceptance and commitment therapy