It is no secret that children and young people across the UK have faced significant change over the last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The most recent announcement of a third national lockdown has meant that many plans have, yet again, been put on hold. Exams have been cancelled, schools are shutting their doors, and once again we can't play rugby or train together at the club.
It can be really difficult to stay positive, or look forward to anything in the future, when the rules (and our goals) keep changing. Despite being incredibly patient, and putting a lot of effort into following the rules, we know that young people across the country are feeling frustrated that it doesn’t feel like things are improving. Progress and feeling better does not always happen in a simple or linear way. But we want to assure you that things will improve, even if it is one small step at a time.
Richmond Rugby are proud to be working with stem4 to support and raise awareness for teenage mental health. stem4 have provided our club with the following resources to support our teenage players and their families during this difficult and challenging period for us all:
Click here to access stem4's library of COVID-19 resources and support for teenagers.
Click here to read stem4's top tips for teens to manage anxiety during Coronavirus.
Click here to read stem4's tips on how to deal with school exams being cancelled.
Download the stem4 Apps:
Calm Harm App: A free app to help teenagers manage or resist the urge to self-harm. Click here to download.
Clear Fear App: A free app to help children and young people manage symptoms of anxiety. Click here to download.
Move Mood App: A free app to help teenagers manage low mood and depression. Click here to download.
Combined Minds App: A free app to help families and friends provide mental health support for teens. Click here to download.
For further information, resources and advice for teenage mental health please visit the stem4 website: www.stem4.org.uk