Maintaining Your Family’s Health & Well-being

The Division of Clinical Psychology’s Faculty for Children, Young People and their Families (CYPF) has published tips for talking to children about illness.

Children are not little adults, and their understanding depends on their developmental stage.

This leaflet is designed to help parents, carers and education providers to talk about ill health in a way that is developmentally suitable for them.

The advice broken down into four distinct age categories, ranging from the youngest children to teenagers, and also discusses the developmental characteristics that define each age group.

In addition it also covers what children may do or say in reaction to illness at each age, and offers tips on how to help them process their understanding of events.

Looking after your mental wellbeing is just as important as looking after your physical wellbeing.

If you feel unable to cope or keep yourself safe, its important to get support as soon as possible.

The NHS Every Mind Matters website has lots of advice to help you take care of your mental health and wellbeing right now,

You can also start your own online action plan called a ‘Your Mind Plan’ to help you take simple, practical steps to look after your mental wellbeing by dealing with stress, boosting your mood and feeling on top of things.


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.

Maintaining Your Family’s Health & Well-being

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