The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is going to affect everyone’s daily lives, as the government and the NHS take necessary steps to manage the outbreak, reduce transmission and treat those who need medical attention. Regardless of their age, this may be a difficult time for children and young people. Some may react right away, while others may show signs of difficulty later on. How a child or young person reacts can vary according to their age, how they understand information and communicate, their previous experiences, and how they typically cope with stress. Negative reactions may include worrying thoughts about their health or that of family and friends, fear, avoidance, problems sleeping, or physical symptoms such as stomach ache. During this time, it’s important that you take care of your family’s mental health – there are lots of things you can do, and support is available if you need it.
GREAT NEW APP for Children's Mental Health
BESTIE – Local Mental Health Services App BESTIE is an interactive app developed by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust – BESTIE is freely available and can be found by searching for ‘Worcestershire BESTIE’ on Apple and Android phones or tablets. A web-based version is available at www.camhsbestie.co.uk
Helping Your Child To THRIVE
Here2Help aims to prevent families/households getting to crisis points during this unprecedented time.
Parents' Toolkit: SEND
SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) resources, activities and support to help you and your family during lockdown.
Answering those difficult questions
DFE Signposted Resources For Home-Learning