In Islington, our Social, Emotional, Mental Health (SEMH) Services are still operational virtually and available to support any young person in the borough of Islington who may be displaying difficulties with their emotional wellbeing and/or mental health. Referrals can be made through our central point of access. Please note, all referrals are screened for safeguarding in the first instance.
Please call 0207 527 7400 (select option 2) or 0207 527 3355 between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday or complete the referral form
Further articles and help can be found at:
- NHS Go - a wide range of health topics including managing anxiety.
- Kooth - a free online counselling, emotional well-being support and information service for young people aged 11-18 years (up to 19th birthday).
Feeling worried about your health or that of your family, or the impact of social isolation is understandable. Here are some other steps you can take to manage your anxiety:
Be well informed
Use trusted sources for reliable information and be aware that posts on social media may not be accurate. Know what the guidelines are on self-isolation and remember you are taking positive action by washing your hands, wearing a face mask and social distancing.
Limit your news and social media intake
Constant new updates may make you feel overwhelmed. Plan to update yourself just once or twice a day. Recognise when social media posts or other people’s anxieties are affecting you, and don’t be afraid to take a break.
Look after your health
Eat and drink well. Remember caffeine, sugar, drugs and alcohol can affect your mood. Try and exercise regularly.
Look after your wellbeing
Maintain a routine and plan your time to help create a sense of routine. Find activities that help you feel calm; singing, drawing, mindfulness. Try to keep busy and find things to distract you if your thoughts are overwhelming. Stay connected with friends through calls and messages.
Deal with difficulties
We may not have as much time or space to ourselves if we are staying at home with our families, and this can cause difficulties. The Children’s Society have good advice which can help you.
Talk to someone about your feelings
Acknowledge your feelings of worry and anxiety and talk about them. Speak to someone your trust about how you are doing each day; a parent, family member, friend, teacher or helpline.