You might feel particularly worried about the impact this virus may have on your children. So we’ve pulled together useful advice from a range of trusted organisations to help you look after your child's wellbeing:
- Give clear, factual information about what’s happened, what is currently happening and how they can keep safe. Keep your language reassuring, simple and age-appropriate.
- Try to keep to regular routines as much as possible. Give plenty of time and space for relaxing, but also burning off any excess energy, safely.
- Be aware of how a child might react to the situation. Feelings of worry and stress can often be displayed by changes in behaviour, e.g. becoming clingy or angry. Make sure they know they can talk to you if they want to.
- WHO: Helping Children cope with stress during the Coronavirus outbreak
- Childline: worries about the world - Coronavirus
- The Independent: how to talk to children about the Coronavirus
- 5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety About the Coronavirus
- Young Minds: what to do if you feel anxious about the Coronavirus
Please do remember if you, or a loved one, is experiencing unmanageable feelings of stress, anxiety or sadness or you feel like you want to harm yourself or others, there are a number of helplines and listening services available:
- Samaritans - You can call 116 123 (free from any phone) or email email@example.com 24 hours a day.
- SANEline - 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm–10.30pm every day)
- Or in an emergency, visit A&E or dial 999
There’s more information on different helplines and listening services on the Mind website.
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