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Looking After You and Your children's Mental Health

In the last few weeks, our lives have changed a lot.  We were in school with our friends and suddenly, we were all asked to stay at home. 

At the moment, there is a lot of worry around because of Covid 19.  Having some worry can be really good because it keeps us safe, but when we have lots of worry, it can make us feel bad and make it hard for us to manage our feelings. This is normal and you are not alone.   

 If you are feeling worried or scared, you may find it helpful to try some of the activities below.

Getting ready to return to school?  Follow the link below to the e-bug web page and read the My Back to School Bubble e-book. 

The storybook ‘My Back to School Bubble’ has been created with the input from a network of teachers, parents and public health professionals and aims to help children understand the new protective measures that may be in place at their school, in an age-appropriate way.

The e-Book is a joint venture with NABU, a global non-profit organisation who are passionate about creating stories for children, that are inclusive for all. ‘My Back to School Bubble’ adds to NABU's existing collection of stories addressing COVID-19, this time exploring the changing school environment.

This page also contains lots of information you may wish to share with your child/children.

 

https://e-bug.eu/eng_home.aspx?cc=eng&ss=1&t=Information%20about%20the%20Coronavirus

Selfcare Primary Pack - Fun activities designed to help children look after their mental health and wellbeing while enjoying themselves, it also signposts to additional support if needed.

Good Days in Unusual Times Book

Mindfulness

Coronavirus a book for Children produced by CAMHS

Coping Calendar

Government Guidance

Mentally Healthy Schools (Anna Freud Centre)

The Anna Freud Centre has published a range of resources to help support the mental health of children, young people, school staff and parents. The third toolkit in the series has just been released. You can find them here:

Coronavirus: Resources for mental health and wellbeing
Toolkit 1

·         a booklet to support schools

·         videos to provide practical guidance and tips to schools, parents and carers about coronavirus (COVID-19) and mental health

·         activities to ease anxiety that can be done at school or at home and other helpful advice, helplines and resources for adults and children.


https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources/coronavirus-resources-for-mental-health-and-wellbeing-toolkit-1/

Toolkit 2

·         resources for staff wellbeing

·         resources to help children with SEND and

·         responding to the unique challenges that may arise for vulnerable children


https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources/coronavirus-resources-for-mental-health-and-wellbeing-toolkit-2/

Toolkit 3

·         resources for school staff, as well as parents, to use with vulnerable children or children with SEND,

·         a resource from Stonewall for the LGBTQ+ community, and

·         a resource pack for staff wellbeing and practical activities for adults and children to help stay mentally well during this time.


https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources/coronavirus-resources-for-mental-health-and-wellbeing-toolkit-3/

Advice for Young Carers/Learners

 

 Use any of the links below to gain trusted, supportive, anxiety reducing information about Coronavirus

 

·BBC’s Newsround has a great webpage full of information and support from a child psychologist

        https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51896156

·Childline has created a dedicated Coronavirus webpage full of tips, advice and activities https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/anxiety-stress-panic/worries-about-the-world/coronavirus/

 ·Mindheart has also produced a small booklet aimed at children under seven years old. This is designed to be coloured in as a therapeutic anxiety reducing activity. https://www.mindheart.co/descargables

 ·Anna Freud Centre have produced a guide for schools in supporting young people at times of disruption. It was written before school closures but still has some great tips.

https://www.annafreud.org/media/11160/supporting-schools-and-colleges.pdf

 ·Sibs offers great support and advice specifically for siblings aged 7-17 of disabled children. www.youngsibs.org.uk

             ·The Children’s Society - Coronavirus Covid-19 information and support - Stepping up our fight for the most vulnerable young                 people www.childrenssociety.org.uk/coronavirus-information-and-support

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