If your child is anxious or worried about coronavirus (COVID-19), there are things you can do to help them. Do you think they may be struggling with their mental health? There are a lot of websites and organisations out there that can offer advice and support to help you support your children and keep them safe.
There is a lot of uncertainty in the world at this time and we can't always find the answers to the questions our children are asking, but with the right support you can help your children to have these difficult conversations in a safe way.
MindEd offer an educational resource for all adults on children and young people’s mental health.
Children's Commissioner have a downloadable guide for children about coronavirus.
British Psychological Society offer advice on dealing with school closures and talking to children about COVID-19.
The Anna Freud Centre have a collection of resources to support the well-being of everyone during this period. They have also created a video about how you talk to and support children at this time.
The Child Bereavement Network offer advice on supporting grieving children during the coronavirus outbreak.
On the CAMHS website there are a collection of resources about mental health and well-being, as well as COVID-19.
When we are worried or anxious, it can be even more challenging to sleep well. The NHS have a collection of ideas to promote better sleep and good sleep habits.
The Mental Health Foundation have a collection of key topics during the Coronavirus including "Parenting During the Coronavirus", "Talking to your children about Coronavirus" and "Random acts of kindness".
Nuffield Health has created a collection of resources to help children to keep happy, healthy and active at home. There is a great link for a Well-being Journal.
Facts 4 Life - A collection of activities that aim to reassure young people (and their families around them), as they live through these unsettling times. They are designed to encourage self-care and support well-being, but also to be fun and engaging. New activities are added each week.
Family Information Services, offer a parenting helpline to provide support and advice with any questions or concerns.
BBC have created a live lesson on Well-being and Growth Mindset: a 30 minute video clip.
Lucy's Blue Day - Narrated by the amazingly talented Abigail Townson- Voice Over Artist & Actress this is the story of Lucy who, like many other children in the world right now, is in quarantine with her family. This story is designed to help children realise they're not alone in the current conditions with Covid-19; to help them understand it's temporary; and to help them express how they're feeling.
Boots pharmacies now safe spaces
As part of an initiative by UK Domestic Abuse charity, Hestia, Boots have announced their pharmacy consultation rooms as Safe Spaces for victims of domestic abuse.
Pharmacists will encourage and enable victims to contact national DA helplines and signpost them to the free, downloadable mobile app, Bright Sky, which provides support and information to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship or those concerned about someone they know.
GDASS are also in touch with all local pharmacies encouraging them to be aware of domestic abuse and to be a point of contact for victims of domestic abuse.