Talking to children about Covid-19
“My Hero is You” is a lovely storybook for Children on COVID-19 and is available in a number of languages.
COVIBOOK – a short book to support and reassure our children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation.
Coronavirus – helpful book for children on Coronavirus written with the advice of Professor Graham Medley, Professor of Infectious Disease at the School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.
A visual guide – Ways to Keep Connected Remotely
British Psychological Society (BPS) – advice on dealing with school closures and talking to children about COVID-19.
View from the Window– Channel4 film showing how children are experiencing the coronavirus crisis.
Child friendly explanations of what coronaviruses are – including a social story.
The Coronavirus series from CBBC Newsround explains what is happening in a child-friendly way.
Top ten tips for ‘Talking to your child about scary world news’ – from the Mental Health Foundation are also excellent
Understanding the science may help too: Public Health England has lesson packs from primaries and secondaries.
Resources and guides
Introduction to Child and Adolescent Anxiety Workshop – the first of three pre-recorded workshops.
Emotional Health Service (EHS) Resource Hub – some excellent resources to help children, young people and their families with their emotional wellbeing
The Book of Hopes– words and picture to comfort, inspire and entertain. Completely free for all children and families, the extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson.
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families – wellbeing advice for all those supporting children and young people from early years foundation stage to key stage 2.
Help with bereavement and loss during the Covid-19 pandemic – some helpful advice and useful contact numbers
MindEd – a resource which includes advice for parents on children and young people’s mental health.
Top Tips and Positive Messages from young people.
Cosmic Kids Yoga – yoga, meditation and relaxation for children (and adults!).
Mind Yeti – free guided mindfulness sessions and videos.
stay-home-superheroes – therapeutic story for anxious children.
Mental Health Wellbeing -from iHASCO. It lists various different sources of information and recommends a number of ‘apps’ parents may find useful
Tools and resources for children and young people's mental health and wellbeing from the Mayor of London
- Good Thinking – an online wellbeing service to support Londoners with their mental health
and emotional wellbeing. There are specific resources aimed at young people (ages 13-18).
There is also specialist content for parents and carers and education professionals.
- CAMHS Crisis lines – London’s emergency lines are available 24/7 and numbers are free to
call when urgent support is needed – you can find your local line here. Young people can speak
to a specially trained professional about their mental health concerns in a crisis. https://www.healthylondon.org/resource/schools-mental-health-toolkit/mental-health-crisislines/
- Youth Mental Health First Aid training – these training courses allow you to identify signs
of mental health issues in a young person, providing them with the right support. You can sign
up for a free training course on the Thrive LDN website.
- Psychological First Aid – In your role supporting young Londoners, you and your colleagues
might also be interested in Public Health England’s new, free Psychological First Aid course for
supporting children and young people.
- The Mental Health in Schools Toolkit provides a wide range of information and guidance
for school leaders and staff on how to promote emotional wellbeing and mental health within
schools. View the updated toolkit here.
- Healthy Schools London Resource Hub – available on the City Hall website.
- Place2Be – provide child counselling and mental health support in schools, including free
mental health training for teachers and school staff. Find out more here.
- Additional signposting – different circumstances can require different types of support, here are
a few additional options from some excellent organisations:
o Shout 85258 – a free, confidential, anonymous 24/7 text support service. Anyone can text
SHOUT to 85258, anytime.
o Young Minds – provide advice and mental health support, as well as online workshops,
blogs and resources. Young people who need urgent help should text YM to 85258 – a
24/7 messenger service. Parents Helpline: 0808 802 5544
o Papyrus – supporting young people who struggle with thoughts of suicide, or if they are
worried about someone else. There is a helpline to call: 0800 068 41 41
o Beat Eating Disorders – support for people worried about eating disorders. Their Youth
helpline is available every day of the year: 0808 801 0711
o Childline – a free counselling service for children and young people. Children can call, chat
online or email Childline about anything they are worried about.
o Child Bereavement UK – supporting children and families to rebuild their lives after
bereavement. Their website includes support for children, as well as resources for the
o Translated wellbeing guidance from Doctors of the World – available in 27 languages,
designed to support migrant communities.
Growth mindset programme
Growth Mindset Programme – the Emotional Health Service have developed a 10 week programme around growth mindset and resilience for parents and young people. Each pack is designed to be compatible to view on a computer, tablet or phone and there are worksheets to print if you would like to. However, you can also use it for inspiration and create your own activities