It is vital that anyone under a #mentalhealth section is made aware that they're entitled to an Independent Mental Health Advocate. Our advocate Abbi talks about providing #Advocacy during #coronavirus. We're here to help.

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However you're feeling, it's important to remember that you're not alone. Our page has advice on looking after your mental health and how to get help:

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Take this moment to reach out to someone – let them know how you’re feeling, and ask them how they are too. Because we're all connected and you are not alone.

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West Berkshire Coronorvirus Diaries

(See below an excerpt from a West Berkshire pre-school worker)
'' Now comes the task of home schooling….
I have 25 years experience in childcare & early years.
My youngest son is 7 years old diagnoised ASD & waiting for an ADHD assessment.
I have to say, home schooling him is a tough job!

At school he has additional help for reading & writing. His teacher is amazing!
I have plenty of experience in promoting learning through play, but after the first three days of tears & tantrums, I down the work sheets & decide we’ll do an hour a day of the curriculum including reading. The rest will be using my early years experience & quite frankly just my skills as a loving mum to allow my son to learn through play. We garden, bake, paint, get caterpillars through the post to learn the butterfly life cycle.

Now we’re having fun & my son is happy & learning! But he’s confused & his anxiety shows in tantrums & meltdowns. We try to be understanding & reassure him.

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