If your child is anxious or worried about coronavirus (COVID-19), there are things you can do to help. And if they’re struggling with their mental health, the following advice can help you support them and keep them safe.
There’s a lot of uncertainty in the world at the moment. And there won’t always be answers to the questions your children are asking. But support is available to help you have these conversations in a safe and open way.
Children’s Mental Health Week
Children’s Mental Health Week is taking place on 1-7 February 2021. This year’s theme is express yourself!
Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. It is about finding a way to show who you are, and how you see the world, that can help you feel good about yourself.
As parents and carers, you play an important role in your child’s mental health. Visit Children’s Mental Health Week for more information.
NSPCC – Depression, Anxiety and Mental Health – Information and guidance on how to help a child with anxiety or depression about the coronavirus.
Young Minds – advice for parents/carers about supporting children with a range of mental health problems.
Mind – The mental health charity have information and guidance about coronavirus and your wellbeing.
Brain Pop – Video and information about coronavirus for children.
Advice about the Coronavirus– A simple, easy-read visual resource explaining coronavirus.
Coronavirus Picture Story – A simple story to help children manage anxiety about coronavirus.
Starting a Conversation with a Young Child – Talking to your child about how they’re feeling can be hard. By taking 20 minutes with them to do an activity you’ll both enjoy, you’ll create a relaxed space to start that conversation. Here are lots of fun activity ideas, conversation starters and advice to make talking easier and help you and your child #Take20.
Family Lives – Find advice on all aspects of family life from bonding with your new baby, dealing with tantrums, positive discipline, bullying, communicating with teens and divorce and separation.