King’s College Hospital are working with Clinical Psychologists and Cognitive Behavioural Therapists based at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust to run the ‘Looking After Ourselves’ psychoeducation programme to improve the overall well-being of children and promote mental health in a fun and interactive way.
The new, online, interactive programme teaches children cognitive coping strategies and behavioural techniques to help manage difficulties and enhance resilience.
The project is running during 2020.
Who can take part?
This programme is online and will be offered to children between the ages of 7-11 with a physical illness who attend King’s College Hospital as an outpatient or inpatient.
More about the programme:
The online programme consists of 9 sessions and includes digital activities, videos and audio clips. Each session should take around 30 minutes to complete.
Topics covered in the sessions include – Eating well; Being active; Relaxing; Sleeping well; Noticing feelings; Making the link between thoughts, feelings and behaviour; Positive self-talk; Jumping to conclusions; Thinking traps; Managing worry.
The CUES-Ed team will run drop-in sessions in the paediatric outpatients department at King’s College Hospital to provide children and parents with the opportunity to ask questions and get support and advice about how and when they can use CUES-Ed strategies. Due to the current situation with Covid-19, the drop-in sessions at King’s College Hospital have been postponed. Alternative methods such as online videos calls are being considered.
View the CUES-Ed Paediatric Programme leaflet to find out more and to take part.
Please note: The CUES-Ed team will not be able to offer further individualised mental health support and families will be signposted to other professionals where this may be required.