Supporting children and young people with their mental health and wellbeing
Children and young people may understandably be concerned or worried by what they see, read or hear in the news, online or at school regarding coronavirus.
There are ways in which you can support them to understand what is currently happening:
- Public Health England have produced guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the outbreak
- Young Minds have shared 10 top tips from their parent’s helpline, alongside a blog for young people
- The Mental Health Foundation has produced top tips for parents and carers when talking to your children about coronavirus
- The British Psychological Society has shared how it is vital to talk openly to children and reassure them about the changes they are seeing around them due to coronavirus
- To support the mental health needs of children and young people, the NHS has added a new app, Think Ninja, to its library. The app joins over 20 existing apps already approved to download from the NHS Apps Library and is free to download from now until the end of September
- Our child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) have also developed some resources for children, young people and parents/carers: www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk/wakefield-camhs-resources
- Barnardo’s has launched Boloh: a helpline specifically for children (11 years+), young people and families affected by Covid-19 from Black and Asian communities.
- Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust have produced materials for children and young people which they can read or watch themselves to help them understand the current situation. This includes a coronavirus fact sheet for kids and a short animated film:
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