Advice for young people and parents during the COVID-19 pandemic

We’ve rounded up a range of information and support sources for young people and parents who may be struggling during lockdown:

The STAY well social media campaign for young people

East Sussex Youth Cabinet have launched the STAY campaign on social media for young people during lockdown. It aims to help young people STAY well, STAY informed, STAY home, STAY sunny, and features tips about how keep up with schoolwork at home, myth busting about the virus, as well as fun stories to stay positive. You can see the posts on Instagram @east_sussex_youth_cabinet, Twitter @EastSussexYC and Facebook @esyc.official.

Online mental health support for young people

We all experience low points at times in our lives, and it’s not unusual to feel sad, anxious, stressed or low in mood. e-wellbeing is a new digital wellbeing service for young people aged 13-25. Visit the site and take a short quiz; you’ll then be directed to information and services to help how you’re feeling. The website also has advice if you are feeling worried about coronavirus.

Young carers

East Sussex Young Carers Service is continuing to offer support by phone and video to young carers aged 5 to 18. You’re a young carer if you’re responsible for caring for a family member with a long-term condition, disability, mental health or substance misuse issues. You could be providing physical, practical or emotional support to the cared for. For support visit the website or call 0300 111 1110.

Parenting during coronavirus

Parenting during the COVID 19 crisis can be harder than usual. Parents in need of advice can visit the Open For Parents website. The site can help you navigate topics like home schooling, looking after physical and mental wellbeing during lockdown, talking to children about coronavirus, where to get financial and benefits advice, advice on working from home, and much more.

The social media company Make (Good) Trouble has also worked with the Youth Cabinet to give advice to parents during this difficult time. Parents can join their Facebook page ‘Raising Teens in Lockdown’ to get simple advice, as well as positive stories to give them coping strategies.

There is also lots of information on support for children and young people on the East Sussex County Council website.

Anyone worried about the safety or wellbeing of a child or teenager should call 999 in an emergency or call the Single Point of Advice on 01323 464222/ contact them by email.