We know this period of time is unsettling and we hope you might be able to find some useful information from some of these websites and resources.
•Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage.
•Take care of themselves being mindful to do things that calm them such as relaxation, mindfulness, Sudoku, puzzles, exercise, hobbies and interests.
•To add extra time for stress relief in their day –not to use that time to scour the internet obsessively
•Connect with other people through calls/texts/internet
How to support children
•Reassure them that they are safe but are also able to talk when they feel upset
•Share your own stress and anxiety coping mechanisms with them so that they can learn how to cope
•Limit children’s exposure to the news - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51734855 this website can give some help in how to talk to children
•Create a sense of routine and structure
•Encourage resilience building - relaxation, interests, hobbies, exercise, eating and sleeping well, having routine and structure and keeping connected with family and friends.
We also have huge thanks to www.elsa-support.co.uk for allowing us to share these fantastic resources at this time to support with understanding the coronavirus and supporting the children's mental well-being.
Some useful links:
https://en.calameo.com/read/000777721945cfe5bb9cc?authid=Xu9pcOzU3TQx - A picture book for children who are worried about Coronavirus
https://axelscheffler.com/books-for-older-children/coronavirus - This is a digital information book for primary school age children to help explain the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. It answers lots of questions in a child-friendly way, and aims to both inform and reassure.
https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/ - advice on talking to children
https://amazesussex.org.uk/faqs-about-the-coronavirus-for-parent-carers-of-children-with-send-brighton-hove/ - this website has some useful advice for children with SEND
https://660919d3-b85b-43c3-a3ad-3de6a9d37099.usrfiles.com/ugd/64c685_319c5acf38d34604b537ac9fae37fc80.pdf - this pdf tells the story of the coronavirus for children to understand
https://www.mindworks-surrey.org/ - Children and Young People's Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service
This toolbox provides tips on how to navigate some of the emotional responses that families may experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/BHG-COVID19-FamilyToolbox.pdf
Action for Carers – Surrey : https://www.actionforcarers.org.uk/
Qwell: https://www.qwell.io/ For Surrey SEND parents
Mind Matters: https://www.mindmattersnhs.co.uk/ for those registered with a Surrey GP – self referral for mild to moderate mental ill health
The Recovery college provides free mental health courses including a number of short audio guides on managing stress and anxiety:
Here is a list of online parenting support that is also available:
For the Netmums Family Links online course you don’t have to sign up to, you can click through to the welcome page and access the course material by clicking on each highlighted topic.
The Parent Handbook is a reference book for parents and carers in Surrey. It includes information and contacts on 20 topics. It can be found at: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/families/publications/the-parent-handbook