This is a very challenging time for us all and so it’s normal for children to feel worried at the moment.
We’re all having to cope with changes to our daily lives and there is still a great deal of uncertainty about the coming weeks.
Below you will find a number of links, resources and tips to support your child’s mental health and wellbeing.
Tips to support your child, taken from the Young Minds website:
- Talk to them about what’s going on. Find out how they’re feeling and what they’re thinking about, let them know it’s okay to feel scared or unsure, and try to answer their questions and reassure them in an age appropriate manner. Remember, you do not need to know all the answers, but talking things through can help them feel calmer.
- Help them to reflect on how they’re feeling and encourage them to think about the things they can do to make them feel safer and less worried.
- Reassure them that this will pass, you’re there for them, and you will get through this together.
- Spend time doing a positive activity with your child (such as reading, playing, painting or cooking) to help reassure them and reduce their anxiety. This is also a great way of providing a space for them to talk through their concerns, without having a ‘big chat’.
- Keep as many regular routines as possible, so that your child feels safe and that things are stable.
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
Mental Health Foundation
NHS-Every Mind Matters
Child Bereavement UK