Useful Websites, Strategies & Resources
Mental Health & Emotional Well Being support for children, parents & carers during and following COVID-19 school closures.
Self Care Plan
Just as we look after our physical health, it’s important to look after our mental health.
Self-care is all about what you can do to help yourself feel better or to keep yourself feeling good. It’s a way that we can look after our own mental health and wellbeing. It can help your body and mind to relax, drift away, or be more energised.
This self-care plan walks you through a series of steps, helping you create a simple self-care plan that works for you. It helps you identify activities that you can use to support your mental health.
Some of the suggested self-care activities include:
The resource was co-written by Anna Freud Centre experts and young people, who shared ideas on self-care strategies that work for them.
Zones of Regulation
Zones of Regulation is a range of activities to help your child develop skills in the area of self-regulation. Self-regulation can go by many names, such as self-control, self-management and impulse control. It is defined as the best state of alertness of both the body and emotions for the specific situation. For example, when your child plays in a basketball game, it is beneficial to have a higher state of alertness. However, that same state would not be appropriate in the library.
Wellbeing Toolkits for Children
Thrive have put together wellbeing toolkits to help support children with their mental wellbeing as follows:
How Are You Coping?
Coronavirus support for Adults, Parents & Carers, Young People. A collaboration of information and advice by Hillingdon Health & Care Partners.
Tips and Strategies to Help Manage Emotions & Feelings
1. 10 ways for parents to help their children cope with change
Going through change can be scary or challenging for children. These 10 top tips aimed may help provide a starting point for helping children struggling with a change in their life.
2. Stress Busters
Strategies to manage stress and worry:
3. Emotion Wheel
The emotion wheel can be used with children of all ages who are struggling to express their current feelings. By identifying an image they can convey their current feelings. Using the wheel regularly throughout the day will help children and young people see the changing nature of their feelings and can help reduce anxiety around feeling a certain way.
4. Mindfulness Calendar: Daily Five Minute Activities
This is a two-week calendar with daily mindfulness activity suggestions. The simple, short activities encourage children to focus on what’s around them to find a sense of calm.
5. How to explain anxiety to your child
A series of illustrations that can help you to explain to a child why anxiety can happen, when it can happen and what they can do if they do feel anxious:
6. Self-Care Kit
This self-care kit has lots of ideas and activities for self-care for children, including mindful colouring, laughing out loud, breathing exercises, an emotional check-in, ways to express thoughts, a self soothe box and more creative activities:
7. 35 Healthy Coping Ways
This poster provide a range of ideas and skills to help children manage their emotions.
8. Understanding Social Distancing
Help your child to understand social distancing from their friends by watching this story:
9. Reassuring Children's Worries
A picture book for children who are worried about Coronavirus:
10. Mindfulness Activities
Stories to Help & Support Understanding
1. How to go Back to School
A book explaining how to go BACK to School.
2. Counting Ways to Stay Safe
The story of Counting Ways to Stay Safe provides children with vital information on how to practice safe social distancing during COVID-19.
3. Has Anyone Seen Normal?
Has Anyone Seen Normal? is a story about a young girl struggling to navigate the uncertainty in her life caused by COVID-19. It is a story more generally about choosing joy amid chaos.
4. Stay Clear, Stay Clean, Stay Kind.
SpottyWot and DottyWot, have just arrived back on Planet WotWot and the Kiddets want to throw them a ‘Welcome Home’ party. But wait! What if their heroes have brought sneezes back from planet Earth! The party will need to wait as the Kiddets learn three important ways to take care of their heroes - and themselves: Stay Clear, Stay Clean, Stay Kind. This can also be downloaded in to a variety of other languages.
5. King Covid and the Kids Who Cared
A story about the novel coronavirus (nicknamed 'King Covid') and the superpower that kids can use to fight back! This is also a colouring book. There are two different versions depending on age.
6. Piperpotamus learns about Coronavirus
A fun and informative book that breaks down the current UK lockdown in the midst of COVID-19 into an understandable and engaging story for children.
7. The Virus Stopping Champion
Featuring a child superhero who learns how to prevent the spread of the virus, the story touches on the courageous steps every child and their family can take to fight COVID 19. From handwashing, social distancing and the importance of staying home The Virus-Stopping Champion can be enjoyed by children of all ages.
8. I Love You
'I Love You' helps children cope with the emotional impact of not being able to visit their elderly relatives. Touching on the global nature of the COVID-19 it helps kids understand that this situation is affecting children all over the world no matter their age, skin colour or the language that they speak.
9. Dave the Dog is Worried about Coronavirus
A book for children about coronavirus that aims to give information without fear.
With everything that is going on at the moment; big changes to children’s routines and lots of stories on the news it can be a really scary time for children.
This book aims to open up the conversation about coronavirus and some of the things they might be hearing about it and provide truthful information in a reassuring and child friendly manner.
10. Bertrand the Bored and the Imagination Jar
Bertrand the friendly Boredom Monster sleeps in the walls at Charli’s house. If you were to put your ear up against a wall at her house, you might be able to hear him snoring. He drags his feet around and lounges on her family s couches all the time. He is an absolute slob.
11. Stuck Inside
A short rhyming fully illustrated story to explain lockdown and social distancing in the United Kingdom to young children in an engaging way!
12. Many Ways to Share a Hug
Coronavirus is getting in the way of giving hugs, and the hugs are not happy about it – they’re needed more now than ever! This book personifies hugs into cute little fluffy creatures, who work together as a team to keep love and good wishes circulating, despite the need to put physical hugs on hold for a little while (although it is made clear that people sharing a home are still allowed to hug). Hugs are re-defined in many different ways that don’t involve wrapping your arms around another person – by being kind and thoughtful, connecting and sharing, and keeping a sense of humour. The positive actions of key workers are also described as hugs, which is a nice touch. The final page of the book provides instructions so that a child can make their own hug out of cotton wool and other easily located craft supplies.
13. Matilda and Theo
Looking after our Lost and Found Things in the time of Coronavirus