Support for Mental Health and Wellbeing
Please find listed below information which you may find useful:-
During this very uncertain time, it’s totally normal for children and young people to feel worried or anxious. We’ve all experienced sudden changes in our lives and routines – and we’re living with lots of uncertainty about the coming weeks.
Here are five things you can do to support your child:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Reassure them that this will pass, you’re there for them, and you will get through this together.
4. 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’.
5. Keep as many regular routines as possible, so that your child feels safe and that things are stable.
Young Minds website offers brilliant support and advice, you can access it here https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/supporting-your-child-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/
Here are a few more websites your may wish to explore with your child to support their well-being: