Maintaining Your Family’s Health & Well-being

Elsa Support wrote a Coronavirus story to try and help explain Coronavirus to children. We hope you find it helpful.

Download: Childrens story about coronavirus

The Division of Clinical Psychology’s Faculty for Children, Young People and their Families (CYPF) has published tips for talking to children about illness, in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak means that for the time being, life has changed dramatically. We’ll all be experiencing highs and lows and it’s perfectly normal to miss loved ones, get frustrated, feel anxious or stressed.

Feeling like that is OK. This is a temporary situation, and for most of us these difficult feelings will pass. If you feel unable to cope or keep yourself safe, its important to get support as soon as possible.

Looking after your mental wellbeing is just as important as looking after your physical wellbeing, especially at the moment when the nation is staying at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

The NHS Every Mind Matters website has lots of advice to help you take care of your mental health and wellbeing right now, including tips to help if you’re worried about coronavirus (COVID-19); if you’re looking after children and young people and if you’re working from home, as well as general ways to help cope during the lockdown.

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.