With disruption in everyone’s lives due to coronavirus (COVID-19) it’s important that we all pay attention to our mental health and wellbeing and the mental health of children and young people.
Research suggests that the pandemic will affect everyone’s mental wellbeing, particularly vulnerable groups such as children (Holmes et al, 20201).
Children and young people may feel worried or anxious about different things. Beyond the virus itself there is the interruption of the normal school routine, suddenly spending most of their time indoors and no longer regularly seeing family and friends.
They may also experience someone close to them, such as a family member, carer, friend or teacher, becoming seriously ill or passing away. This can cause feelings of sadness, loss and grief.
We’ve pulled together some resources to help you support the children and young people and families you know and work with through this challenging time.
You might want to use these resources yourself or share them with parents and carers to help them support their children. You may also want to share some of these resources directly with the children and young people you work with.
ReferencesHolmes, E A et al (2020) Multidisciplinary research priorities for the COVID-19 pandemic: a call for action for mental health science (PDF). Lancet Psychiatry