The news about Italy has caused a lot of concern and a lot of enquiries from schools, especially with regard to pupils returning from Italy (ski-ing or otherwise) at half term.
First of all, for reassurance with regards Italy the area of concern is only for Northern Italy – north of Pisa, Florence or Rimini. Anyone from those areas and any further south is currently not affected.
We are expecting further updates from Health Protection Scotland. In the meantime here is an update from Public Health England with a map of areas affected.
Unless you have returned from the areas in category 1 (in which case please see the link for guidance), no action is required unless you develop symptoms.
If returned from areas in category 2 and if you develop symptoms then the most important thing is to self isolate in the first instance. Then please contact your GP by PHONE (not in person) within hours, or NHS24 out of hours fortelephone assessment. Please do not attend your GP in person.
Although the PHE guidance with regard Italy refers to return since 19 February, the advice in Scotland still relates to return within the last 14 days.
We will keep you updated.
NHS Lothian Information in relation to Coronavirus (Covid-19)
Parent and Carer Support and Information Sessions on Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Issues
Please find attached information about the next Information and Support Sessions for Parents and Carers who are concerned about their pre-teen or teenager’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health.
Each monthly session has a different topic focus and there is an opportunity for parents and carers to meet other parents and supportive professionals in a safe relaxed environment. Parents and carers of 11-18 year olds from in and around Edinburgh are welcome to book to attend any of the sessions.
The next Parent and Carer Support and Information session is on-
Low Mood and Depression in Teenagers – This session will be delivered by Dr Sara Shafi, Clinical Psychologist – CAMHS (Child and Adolescence Mental Health Service)
Friday 20th April 2018, 9.30-11.30am, Gate 55, 55 Sighthill Road, Edinburgh, EH11 4PB (Free car park available at the venue)
Communication with Teenagers – Exploring the challenges of keeping the lines of communication open with teenagers who have emotional wellbeing and mental health issues. Considering ways to listen so that teenagers talk and talk so that teenagers listen.
Tuesday 1st May 2018, 6.30-8.30pm, Jack Kane Centre, 208, Niddrie Mains road, Edinburgh, EH16 4ND (Free car park available at the venue)
Parents, carers and young people can also access support at EdSpace – Counselling and therapies