Coronavirus Advice for Children and Families

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is going to affect everyone’s daily lives. Regardless of their age, this may be a difficult time for children and young people. Some may react right away, while others may show signs of difficulty later on. Below is a link to the government guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the outbreak.

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

 

Please also check out the links below to fantastic resources for young people, parents and carers to support young people’s mental health during periods of disruption.

Anna Freud: Self-Care and Coping Strategies
https://www.annafreud.org/selfcare/ 

BBC: How to protect your mental health
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799

CBBC: Video and Questions
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51861089  

ChildMind: Talking to Children
https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/  

ELSA: Coronavirus Story for Children
https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/coronavirus-story-for-children/  

National Association of School Psychologists: Parent Resources
https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource  

Young Minds: Feeling Anxious about Coronavirus
https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus  

Books
Something Bad Happened: A Kid’s Guide to Coping with events in the News
Dawn Huebner. How to process different world events (ages 6-12).

The Day the Sea Went Out and Never Came Back
Margot Sunderland. A story for children who have lost someone they love (ages 4-12).
Draw on Your Emotions
Margot Sunderland. A resource to help people express and communication their emotions.

What To Do When You’re Scared & Worried: A Guide for Kids
James Crist. A help guide to processing fears and worries (ages 9-13).

Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids
Carol McCloud. Encourages positive behaviour and expressing kindness and appreciation.

How are you Peeling: Foods with Moods
Saxton Freymann & Joost Elffers. Explores how emotions look through pictures of Foods. A good way to talk about emotions with young children.

The Way I Feel
Janan Cain. Explores feelings and a helpful way to talk about emotions with young children.

A Terrible Thing Happened
Margaret Holmes. A story for children who have witnessed violence or trauma (ages 4-8).