We know that this might be an anxious time for you and your families. With so much uncertainty, it is understandable that we might need support and to find new ways to look after ourselves. This is no different for our children and finding appropriate ways to talk to them about what is happening can be extremely helpful.
You might be worrying about a family member, a neighbour and other loved ones, but please do remember it is paramount that you take care of yourself through this difficult time. Self-care can take many forms; find something that works for you. A good place to start is NHS 5 Ways to Wellbeing
There is so much information online to help, but this might get overwhelming and we need to be sure we are looking at appropriate sources for our news. We have compiled a list of helpful links, including how to speak to children about Covid-19, looking after your mental health and wellbeing and other educational reources.
Please remember not to leave home if you or someone you live with has either a high temperature or continuous cough. Check the NHS website if you have symptoms
Information about coronavirus specifically for children
The BBC Newsround site has a comprehensive section on coronavirus with text and video guidance focusing on tips if a child is worried, how to wash your hands, and what self-isolation means.
The YoungMinds UK advice on what to do if you’re anxious about coronavirus might be more useful for teens and young adults. The main focus is on self-care and they provide further information about how young people can look after their mental health if self-isolating.
Mencap easy read
Mencap have produced an excellent easy read information sheet about coronavirus. This would be particularly useful for children, young people or adults whose understanding is improved with visuals and when information is given in bitesize chunks.
Coronavius: A Book for Children
A free digital book and other resources for primary school age children to help explain the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator, Axel Scheffler. Plus other free resources.
MindHeart Covibook – A story about coronavirus
The MindHeart information and activity book about coronavirus would be an excellent way to open up a conversation about children’s concerns.
The book is available in 18 languages and it encourages children to label their current feelings and offers specific advice on things they can do to stay healthy.
The Autism Educator – coronavirus social story
Another excellent social story about coronavirus that has a good level of specificity about the effects of social distancing e.g. not being able to go to favourite places.
Information about coronavirus for parents, carers and professionals
In the first instance, the UK Government Covid-19 pages are frequently and rapidly updated with advice and guidance in line with advice from Public Health England.
World Health Organisation: Covid-19 and Mental Health
The WHO has recently published considerations to support mental health and wellbeing during the Coronavirus outbreak.
This guidance has specific recommendations for health care workers, caretakers of children, caretakers of older adults and people in isolation.
Mental Health Foundation
Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families
Clear, simple advice to all those who are supporting children and young people - including to young people themselves.
Mind has lots of useful information providing generic advice for everyone about maintaining wellbeing.