Now, more than ever, we need to take care of ourselves both physically and mentally. Let us be conscious of the symptoms of COVID-19 (a cough, fever or loss of taste/smell) but also look after our own mental health so we may stay mentally fit and well. We should also be conscious of others and consider how those around us may be struggling.
Here are some resources to help the whole family during this challenging time.
LOTS of short, reassuring videos produced by the BBC covering a wide range of topics related to transition and moving to secondary school. An excellent resource!
Activities and advice produced by Partnership for Children. Practical activities to help support children, including 3 activities related to returning to school and transition into Year 7.
Guide produced by Heads Together and Mentally Healthy Schools. Lots of links to find out more information on mental health and coronavirus. Links to organisations for adult support, such as Mind, as well as links to support organisations for children and young people, such as ChildLine.
A guide produced by the University of Oxford and University of Reading. Aimed at parents, lots of suggestions about discussing coronavirus with children. Links to video clips for different age groups of children. Specific links to support for parents of children with OCD, ADHD and ASD.
A YouTube video produced by Streetwise (an advice and support service for young people aged 11 – 25). Includes the biology behind anxiety and stress, and techniques to help young people cope.
A guide produced by St Thomas More signposting further sources of support and advice available online.
This guide for parents’ is produced by the office of the Children’s Commissioner. It gives practical advice on how to keep children and young people safe when online.
This guide for children is produced by the office of the Children’s Commissioner. Easy to understand advice for children and young people to help keep them safe online.
Produced by the NHS. This leaflet is a guide to looking after yourself as well as others. It provides advice on how to maintain and improve mental well-being across the family. There are also details of helplines available for adults and young people.
Produced by the Government. This is aimed at parents and carers. It provides information and advice on a wide range of mental health issues effecting children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak.