The current Coronavirus outbreak, and the essential but difficult ways we all need to help, is challenging. We will be using our team and our networks to do all we can to help everyone get through this.
We have guidance on COVID19 and wherever we can, we will update on the best medical advice (though we recognise the enormous strain on the NHS and all health professionals, so we can't respond to individual questions).
In addition, we will be offering support to help families deal with the emotional impact of social distancing, self-isolation and the crisis.
Some useful websites on dealing with the psychological impact of the current situation:
- talking to kids about the Coronavirus
- looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak
- minding your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak
- for young people: what to do if you're anxious about Coronavirus
- how to talk to children about COVID19 (opens PDF)
- helping children cope with stress during COVID19
- supporting young people's mental health during periods of disruption
A clinical psychologist suggests making positive use of the time families will have together:
activities to try out during quarantine, isolation or social distancing
Not Another Mummy Blog has an excellent list of 58 activities you can do – split up into age – because a toddler isn’t going to be interested in the same fun stuff as a ten-year-old.
Spread the Happiness has a list of 100 things to do indoors
It's important to keep friends connected even when they are apart, so have a look at Play Together Apart and their growing list of suggested activities.
Carol Vorderman's Maths Factor now free https://www.themathsfactor.com/
Digital Mum's Guide to the Best Free Digital Resources for Homeschooling
Daily online science experiment from Glasgow Science Centre
David Walliams releasing free stories each day
The Scouts have some fantastic suggestions for the Great Indoors
We are in this together, and we are here for you.
Here are also a selection of helpful resources we have found for children and young people, to cope with adversity. They can be used if they are struggling with a chronic health condition, but also to help them deal with a difficult situation like the Coronavirus epidemic. On most browsers, you should be able to save any of the pictures to your phone or computer.
There is also some general useful advice from Action for Children on anxious feelings
And The Mix is a useful site with support for anyone under 25 on a range of topics