The current situation we find ourselves in due to the COVID-19 pandemic means that many people - adults and children alike - may be feeling stressed and anxious. In addition, parents and children are navigating a new 'normal' as they get to grips with home learning. It's vital that we all look after our mental and physical wellbeing at this time. To help, we've collated some useful free resources for you and your family.
WORKSHEETS & ACTIVITY SHEETS
How many positives activity sheet: This simple activity sheet will help pupils to visualise and recognise positive features in themselves.
Star qualities activity sheet: Helps pupils identify positive qualities about themselves and others to help them cope with stress.
Hope clouds activity: Encourages pupils to think about their aspirations, especially in relation to mental health and wellbeing.
Where do I feel worksheet: Provides children with a visual aid to identify where they are feeling stress in their bodies and to learn how to cope with upset feelings.
Thoughts, feelings and actions worksheet: Questions to help children learn how to self-reflect on thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
Healthforkids.co.uk: Website created by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and aimed at primary school children (and their grown-ups). Features sections on health, feelings, illness as well as fun and educational games.
Coronavirus bereavement guides
Guides to help support people that have lost a loved one to coronavirus, or they have died during lockdown because of other reasons.
The bereavement guides available:
- A guide for Adults (PDF, 156KB)
- A guide for Adults - easy read (PDF 5.48MB)
- A guide for Children & Young people (PDF, 356KB)
- A guide for Parents and Carers supporting children who have been bereaved (PDF, 379KB).
- A guide for Teenagers - easy read (PDF 3.64MB)
The guide for parents and carers can be helpful for professionals working with children and young people. If you work in a school, talk to your Educational Psychologist about a specific guide for schools.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019
Every Mind Matters: Coronavirus and mental wellbeing
Just Talk Herts: Looking after your mental health during Coronavirus
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
World Health Organization: Timely, accurate, and easy-to-understand advice and information from trusted sources.
Education Support: Dedicated to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of education staff in schools, colleges and universities. Free information, including a free 24/7 helpline – 08000 562 561. It also has financial advice information for supply teachers.
Mind Hertfordshire Network provides a crisis helpline for anyone experiencing mental health distress or requiring emotional support and signposting. Professionals, family/friends can call on someone’s behalf with the individual’s consent. Crisis Helpline number: 01923 256391 or visit their website.
Young Minds have a mental health advice line available for parents operating between 9:30am–4pm, Monday–Friday: 0808 802 5544.
MEDITATION & MINDFULNESS
Zoe Strickland has kindly given us the permission to share some of her short meditations to help you relax your mind and body.