In the first instance, the UK Government Covid-19 pages are frequently and rapidly updated with advice and guidance in line with advice from Public Health England.
The WHO has recently published considerations to support mental health and wellbeing during the Coronavirus outbreak. This guidance has specific recommendations for health care workers, caretakers of children, caretakers of older adults and people in isolation.
Division of Educational and Child Psychology (DECP)
The British Psychological Society says it is vital to talk openly to children and reassure them about the changes they are seeing around them due to Coronavirus. The advice stresses that it is important to be truthful, but remember your child’s age. Give them factual information, but adjust the amount and detail fit for their age. Other advice from the BPS’ Division of Educational and Child Psychology:
- Allowing children to ask questions. Giving them a space to ask questions and have answers is a good way to ease anxiety.
- Younger children might understand a cartoon or picture better than a verbal explanation.
- It is ok to say you don’t know, at the moment we don’t have all the answers.
- Try to manage your own worries. This can be through talking your worries through with another adult; listening to music; breathing and relaxation techniques; distraction; and time with the family.
- Give practical guidance: remind your child of what they can do to stay healthy.
Mind has a page providing general advice for everyone about maintaining wellbeing. The page has two distinct sections: Plan for staying at home or indoors; Taking care of our mental health and wellbeing.