These resources are to support the information that schools are providing for their pupils and are putting on the school website, particularly as children and young people need developmentally appropriate information and it’s hard to dismiss some of the worries and concerns they may have.
Sign up for Kooth, Commissioned Online Counselling service 11-18 year olds - free online counselling for young people between the ages of 11-18. Kooth is still operating as usual for young people aged 11-18 to access free, online, anonymous support for qualified counsellors. There is a host of up to date information and self-help resources on the website that young people can access. Signpost to https://www.kooth.com/ . Email email@example.com for more information
For schools and settings
1. Southend EPS have collated some resources, including info on coronavirus and activity ideas for families who are self-isolating
2. For EPs and other mental health professionals:
Opinion articles and research collated at The Psychologist https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-33/april-2020/coronavirus-psychological-perspectives?utm_source=BPS_Lyris_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=
3. For Secondary age students:
There are also useful web links from Young Minds and the Child Mind Institute about what to do if your child is feeling anxious about coronavirus.
Child Mind Institute
4. Social stories/stories with visuals for Primary age children
A Carol Gray social story about corona virus at https://carolgraysocialstories.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Pandemics-and-the-Coronavirus.pdf?fbclid=IwAR23zxNlbEumpw4oKlM7Xy3VlKnA25b8Gi53N6YiFIeKB9Vx0LQypSPYzzg
Another nice visual story to explain to children: https://twitter.com/thelovelymaeve/status/1238399538878087169 or also available at https://www.thedadsnet.com/this-free-book-is-great-for-explaining-covid-19-coronavirus-to-your-children
5. For families of early years age children
including an activity guide https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/3264-at-home-activity-guide
6. Ideas to support adults / older children
There is a link for older pupils and adults too focusing on looking after our emotional well-being.
7. Link with parent-focused ideas from Special Needs Jungle about how to support children with anxiety around coronavirus, including an easy-read explanation for children and adults with learning difficulties:
8. For parents, carers and older pupils there are relevant web links from the American Psychological Association about social distancing, anxiety and perspectives about coronavirus information sources..
American Psychological Association
• Keeping Your Distance to Stay Safe: With the number of COVID-19 cases increasing every day, psychologists offer insights on how to separate yourself from others, while still getting the social support you need.
• Seven crucial research findings that can help people deal with COVID-19 : Psychological research on past crises can help people cope with the daily — sometimes hourly — newsflashes about the coronavirus.
• Five Ways to View Coverage of the Coronavirus: Tips to help you manage anxiety, put news reports in perspective and maintain a positive outlook.
• Speaking of Psychology: Coronavirus Anxiety : Podcast, psychologist Baruch Fischhoff, PhD, explains why we worry about new risks more than familiar ones, how to calm our anxiety and what are the psychological effects of being quarantined.