Guidance and practical tools to support children’s mental health during the coronavirus crisis.
The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has brought many new and unexpected challenges to children’s mental health and wellbeing.
In the current climate, it is more important than ever that we support children’s mental health. That’s why we’ve created free resources and toolkits for school staff, parents and carers.
Coronavirus’ impact on children’s mental health
The pandemic and subsequent lockdowns may impact on children’s mental health in many different ways.
Children may be experiencing increased anxiety, behavioural problems, or increased conflict at home. The disruption to a routine may be stressful for children, and they may be bored, lonely or confused.
Children with existing mental health conditions may find that they are exacerbated by the lockdown. New research from NHS Digital found that 54% of children with a mental disorder said that lockdown had made their life worse. Parents of children with a mental disorder also reported that their child was more likely to be worried about catching Covid-19, or their family or friends catching it.
Rebuild and recover resources
We have created a set of practical resources to help children, school staff and parents adapt to changes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
The resources are designed to be social distancing-friendly, and many can be adapted to be delivered remotely in the case of school closures. They are all are suitable for schools in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
There are assembly and lesson plans for teachers, advice and guidance for parents, and simple activities for children to complete in class or at home.