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Covid-19: Wellbeing

By Youth Theatre Arts Scotland

Welcome to our COVID-19 Guidance Toolkit for youth theatres and youth theatre practitioners as we all navigate the uncharted and choppy waters of the novel coronavirus and its effects on our daily lives.

Below you’ll find guidance and signposting to helpful information on wellbeing. If we’ve missed anything you think we should be sharing with the sector, please get in touch and we’ll get it added as soon as we can.

Coping with the pandemic

  • The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) have created a Coronavirus Mental Health Information Hub here.
  • Boundless Theatre have shared a great blogpost on Finding Balance in an Upside Down World – including tips, videos, a playlist and more to help take care of yourself during lockdown.
  • Mind: Coronavirus and your wellbeing offers advice to those feeling anxious or worried about coronavirus
  • Ready Scotland have a great post providing information on how to look after each other during the pandemic, and what to do if you’re worried about someone in your community.
  • Clear Your Head is a mental health campaign from the Scottish Government to help people cope during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • This article from an NHS psychologist is about questions families may have around schools re-opening, but could be useful for thinking about restarting youth theatre activities too.
  • This article from Urban Jungle brings together advice from employers and entrepreneurs on the best ways to succeed in work and business after an unpredictable year.

Wellbeing online

  • The SAMH Wellbeing Assessment Tool can be used to measure and track your own wellbeing, this is a great tool that can be shared with others and give some simple advice on steps to take to improve your wellbeing.
  • Aye Feel from Young Scot and the Scottish Government provides information about how to look after your emotional wellbeing, support from organisations around Scotland and tips on how to promote a positive mindset.
  • Mind Yer Time’ is a digital resource specifically to help children and young people learn about the healthy use of screens and social media. Developed by the Scottish Youth Parliament and the Children’s Parliament to support mental and physical health online.
  • Compare the Market also have a handy guide to understanding screen addiction, which offers hints and tips for tackling device addiction, and creating healthier digital habits.
  • Kazzum Arts, based in London, have created Grounded a collection of short animations to help support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.
  • Young Minds have collated a selection of tools and resources for young people and teachers to help in the return to school.
  • YouthLink have created Heids Together a free youth work resource to increase the capacity of the sector to engage in mental health support.

Funding and training

  • Future Learn are offering a free online training course (developed by the University of Reading) COVID-19: Helping Young People Manage Low Mood and Depression. The course explores practical ways to help young people manage their mood and maintain healthy habits and is suitable for young people or anyone working with young people.
  • The Connecting Scotland website aims to connect up to 9,000 more people on low incomes who are considered clinically at high risk so they can access services and support and connect with friends and family during the pandemic. This may be particularly useful for youth theatres operating in priority SIMD regions.
  • Mental Health Scotland Workplace Wellbeing offer workplace based training and one off sessions in everything from stress management, resilience, to mental health first aid for staff.
  • Free Courses in Scotland offer programmes in understanding mental health, as well as exploring issues such as bullying in children and young people.
  • SAMH offer training sessions for staff to look after their own wellbeing, mental health and resilience.
  • The Connecting Scotland website aims to connect up to 9,000 more people on low incomes who are considered clinically at high risk so they can access services and support and connect with friends and family during the pandemic. This may be particularly useful for youth theatres operating in priority SIMD regions.

Support groups and helplines

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