We’re living in uncertain and rapidly changing times. We don't know how the coronavirus situation will impact on children, young people and parents’ mental health but there is a risk that the concern that they feel may lead to feelings of anxiety and distress. This is especially true for children who may already have underlying issues.
The British Association For Counselling And Psychotherapy have produced some short guidance ‘Coronavirus anxiety: how to cope if you’re feeling anxious about the outbreak’ which can be found here.
Helping children cope with stress
The World Health Organisation has produced a useful 1 sided poster ‘Helping Children Cope with Stress During the COVID-19 Outbreak’ for parents. It can be found here
Looking after your family’s wellbeing at home
The Liverpool CaMHS partnership have produced this 8 page leaflet which includes a set of resilience challenges for 4-7 year olds and 8-11 year olds. Perhaps children in schools could develop their own to be sent to their peers at home? The leaflet can be found here
Place2Be have produced a guide giving advice to parents about How to support their children and themselves with concerns, sharing tips, and some useful resources, to put this in context. It can be found here
Worries about the world - Childine advice page
This page includes information on what concerns a child might currently have, for example about the coronavirus, and some things to try to address these worries. Find it here
Anna Freud Centre
A new page on the Anna Freud website provides clear, simple advice to all those who are supporting children and young people - including to young people themselves. There are 3 videos, one for young people, one for parents and one for schools and colleges.
You can access the page at www.annafreud.org/coronavirus
Child Mind Institute
The Child Mind Institute has produced a page on its website which offers advice for parents from experts about bringing up the pandemic in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be. It can be found here
Young Minds 10 tips from their parents helpline
10 tips for parents if their child is worried about coronavirus can be found here
Resources to help encourage positive Mental Wellbeing during the Coronavirus pandemic
Young Minds advice for parents
Tips and advice on where to get support for your child during the Covid-19 pandemic can be found here
How to keep mentally healthy during these uncertain times-Actions for happiness
These ideas and examples can help you find ways to look after your wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak.
Books for children who are worried or anxious
NSPCC library service has put together a reading list of books you can use to support children who are experiencing stress and anxiety at this time. View the list
Supporting parents and carers
NSPCC has advice for parents to support them during what may be a difficult time:
If at any stage there is a bereavement in your family, there is useful information on organisations that you can contact for support and advice on the VANS website.
Bereavement UK also has a page dedicated to the Coronavirus outbreak which includes advice including supporting children through difficult times/bereavement and when you can`t visit someone who is ill. The page also had details about their helpline and web-based live chat.
Winston`s Wish also has information around Coronavirus
How to Stay Safe at Home – Easy Read version
There is an Easy Read leaflet called Staying Well at Home to help people to look after themselves.