Supporting your child’s mental health during this period of uncertainty.

School closures and self-isolation periods are unsettling times for us all. Here are four practical things you can do to support your child:

  • Look out for any changes in behaviour: young people may respond to stress in different ways – have you noticed any changes in their emotional state or physical behaviours?
  • Provide clear information about the situation: talk openly about what is happening and provide honest answers to any questions they have. Also explain what is being done to keep them and their loved ones safe.
  • Acknowledge concerns: young people will be hearing things from friends and through social media. Talk to them about what is going on, listen to them and acknowledge their concerns.
  • Create a new routine: routine provides reassurance and an increased feeling of safety, especially if they are not in academy. Make a plan for the day or week that includes time for learning, physical activity and relaxing.

For more detailed guidance, visit gov.uk by clicking here.

Each morning, why not check in with everyone you live with and ask them how they feel?

Information, support and resources for parents

During this period of uncertainty, looking after your family’s mental health is more important than ever. Please use the weekly activity ideas below to help support your child’s mental health during this time.

  • Managing your child’s anxieties
  • Look out for any changes in behaviour: young people may respond to stress in different ways – have you noticed any changes in their emotional state or physical behaviours?
  • Provide clear information about the situation: talk openly about what is happening and provide honest answers to any questions they have. Also explain what is being done to keep them and their loved ones safe.
  • Acknowledge concerns: young people will be hearing things from friends and through social media. Talk to them about what is going on, listen to them and acknowledge their concerns.
  • Create a new routine: routine provides reassurance and an increased feeling of safety, especially if they are not in academy. Make a plan for the day or week that includes time for learning, physical activity and relaxing.
  • Here is a bulletin from the Families in Focus teams. There is loads of information in here about all sorts of things that you may need support with so have a look through and pick out anything that may be relevant to you and your family: Information & Services Families Bulletin

For more detailed information see the government guidance:

 

try these at home

  • Feeling a little worried, anxious, over-excited, hyper, angry? Why not use this guide to help regulate your breathing and calm yourself down: Take 5 breathing to calm
  • Feeling energetic? Why not channel some energy into this workout! Yoga for self regulation
  • It’s important to think about and remember all the things we are grateful for – play the gratitude game to remember some of the things you are thankful for: The Gratitude Game

Here are five useful videos to use with your children. They talk you through ways to cope with feeling worried:

  1. https://youtu.be/RXJOHP_WulU
  2. https://youtu.be/AHog3ibIPOU
  3. https://youtu.be/la3wauZCP-o
  4. https://youtu.be/iYnVf6JrzDs
  5. https://youtu.be/w6De1zvAef8

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