Covid-19 - Wellbeing Support for Parents and Families

Helping Children During Lockdown

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8 Ways To Help Children Struggling During Lockdown
Comforting at a Distance
The Emotional Cup
Different Ways Anxiety Presents Itself - The Stress Relief Giraffe
Types of Self-Care
Emergency Care Wall
10 Things To Say Instead of Stop Crying
Online Resources
Structure and Routine
Support Your Child's Wellbeing While Schools Are Closed
Helping Your Child Back to School

Supporting Parents Helpfinder (Young Minds)

Times are tough for many people right now. Parents find themselves pulled in many different direction and children may be struggling being in the house for so much longer than usual.

A mixture of concern about covid, work from home and children at home, along with a possible financial impact make for a stressful household.

Young Minds have created a useful 'Supporting Parents Helpfinder'. By answering six questions, parents can find out how to support their child's mental health during the pandemic (and beyond).

Find the help finder here:

Covid-19 CAMHS Guidance for Parents & Carers

Family Wellbeing - Advice for Children and Families

Internet Safety Support and Advice - Childnet
Guidance about some of the apps and games that young people may be using to stay in touch with each other and to play online.

Mental Wellbeing Primary
Wellbeing advice for all those supporting children and young people.

Mental Wellbeing Secondary
Advice on dealing with school closures and talking to children about Covid-19.

Managing physical symptoms that are triggered by stress and anxiety

It is quite common to experience short-lived physical symptoms when your mood is low or anxious, for example:

  • faster, irregular or more noticeable heartbeat
  • feeling lightheaded and dizzy
  • headaches
  • chest pains or loss of appetite

It can be difficult to know what is causing these symptoms, but often people who experience them due to stress, anxiety or low mood find that they get worse when they focus on them. See advice from the NHS on managing the physical symptoms.

If you are concerned about your physical symptoms, then do contact NHS 111 online.

For advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) and any symptoms see the NHS website.

If you are experiencing stress, feelings of anxiety or low mood, you can use the NHS mental health and wellbeing advice website for self-assessment, audio guides and practical tools Every Mind Matters also provides simple tips and advice to start taking better care of your mental health. If you are still struggling after several weeks and it is affecting your daily life, please contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.

In a medical emergency call 999. This is when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk. A mental health emergency should be taken as seriously as a physical health emergency.