It is difficult for children and young people to understand what is going on and difficult for parents/carers to explain. There are a number of organisations who provide help for parents and carers on how to talk to children about the coronavirus.
NSPCC - children's mental health, depression and anxiety
'Doctors of the World' have produced Covid-19 guidance for patients in 15 languages. So far there is: English, Albanian, Dari, French, Pashto, Portuguese, Bengali, Vietnamese, Kurdish Sorani, Mandarin, Hindi, Urdu, Spanish, Turkish and Farsi. Please find them here. The guidance is based on the latest advice and health information from the NHS. Malayalam, Amharic, Tigrinya, Somali and Arabic coming soon!
Visit Childline's Calm Zone here and try breathing exercises, activities, games and videos designed to help let go of stress. The Body Coach TV (available on YouTube) offers PE with Jo here. New workout every day. You might also like to visit parentINFO, a site which provides help and advice for families in a digital world. Their article 'Six fun online activities to boost your child's digital resilience' can be found here.
Courtesy of the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education with special thanks to Early Help 4 Mental Health and the Devon Council for the use of '10-a-day'
What is mental health?
It is ‘a state of wellbeing in which an individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stress of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community’ World Health Organisation, April 2016
Who has mental health?
We all have it. Some of us find we need to pay more attention to it at certain times than others. Some people have periods of good as well as poor mental health.
How can I look after my mental health?
Firstly, if you are on medication, always follows your doctor’s advice. Secondly, seek professional help if low moods and anxiety continue for some time. Thirdly, there are also things we can all do to help ourselves during times of stress…like the '10-a-day’ choices challenge below!