Mental Health & Well-Being

Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at home because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Your child may be feeling scared, frustrated or lonely.

They may also be worried or concerned about their health and that of those close to them.

Children may not fully understand what coronavirus (COVID-19) is, why we are staying home or when life will return to normal. It is important to explain that it is absolutely fine to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently. Encourage your child to talk about their feelings and ask questions.

Remember, this situation is temporary and will pass. Staying at home may be difficult, but you are helping to protect yourself and others by doing it. You are not stuck at home, you are safe at home.

Below you’ll find resources, tips and advice to help you and your family keep on top of your mental well-being.

Learning Resources

Supporting Children and Young People

Get Psychological First Aid training to support children and young people’s mental health during emergencies and crisis situations

ChatHealth

Our school nurses are still here to help – you can text them for confidential advice and support on a wide range of issues. Parent/carers of child(ren) aged 5-19 can send a text to: 07507331751

BeKindToMyMind

Bekindtomymind is a Bolton campaign, enabling young people who are struggling with emotional or mental health problems to know “it’s okay to talk”

Digital 5-a-Day

Simple steps to a balanced digital diet and better wellbeing

Every Mind Matters

Looking after children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak

Young Minds

Looking after your mental health while self-isolating

CAMHS

This site was created for young people, carers and professionals to pool together lots of helpful resources from across the internet that are available to help support your mental health and well-being.

Growth Mindset

BBC Teach – A collection of clips that help unlock growth mindset ideas for pupils and teachers using a cast of animated characters who explore the differences between fixed and growth mindsets.

When I Worry About Things

BBC Teach – A collection of short animated films that use powerful personal testimony to explore mental health issues from the perspective of young people.

Living With Worry Amidst Global Uncertainty

A guide to help you to manage your worry and anxiety in these uncertain times. 

A Child Friendly Explanation of Coronavirus

A pdf to print and work through.

Emotionally Based School Avoidance

Emotionally Based School Avoidance: A resource for parents and carers

Looking after your feelings and your body

A PDF with advice from Public Health England

Bereavement Advice Booklet

A useful comprehensive booklet of information for families suffering a bereavement. 

Helping Children Cope With Stress

 Advice from the WHO on helping children cope with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak