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Supporting your Child with their Mental Health

Health for Kids - Coming Back to School Video

This Health for Kids 'Back to School' video explores some of the changes primary school children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 will face and the feelings they may have when returning to school. It also provides details on the secure and confidential text messaging service, ChatHealth, that parents and carers can use to contact a health professional for support.

 Coronavirus Anxiety Toolkit to help you

support your child's mental health and emotional well-being.

Please see the PDF below. 

Coronavirus Anxiety Toolkit for Children



We appreciate that this is an anxious time for everyone at the moment.

We have found some resources from EPIC and we feel they may be helpful in supporting you.

Please use the link below: 




Nosy Crow have released a free information book explaining the Coronavirus to children, illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

We hope that this might be helpful. Please use the link below.




 Lucy's in Lockdown - a story about supporting children's emotional well-being 

Looking at the different emotions experienced by a little girl during Lockdown. 

Please use the link below to access this resource as a free PDF







Some ideas on how to support children to express their emotions



Great Ormond Street Hospital

Play Experts that work for the charity have developed a range of fun activities to do with your children using simple materials you already have at home.

These are available:




International Play Association (IPA)

The IPA have published a document; IPA Play in Crisis: Support for Parents and Carers. This document contains useful information on the importance of 'play' in encouraging children to express their emotions and manage their anxieties. They have also created a list of useful activities which can create different play opportunities for you and your child to share together.




Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) Resources

ELSA have created a range of free resources

to support your child's mental health and emotional well-being.

These are available to download at:




NHS Support

The NHS Initiative 'Every Mind Matters' have created a guide on how to support children with their mental health and emotional well-being.

This is available at:




Anna Freud

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families have created a range of free resources to support your child's mental health and emotional well-being. 

These are available at:


There is a lovely Self-Care Guide that can be used by both children and adults:


Good Days in Unusual Times

A PDF book to support you in explaining Coronavirus to young children. 






The British Psychological Society (BPS)

BPS have created an advice page to help parents talk to children about Coronavirus.

Please use the PDF link below.





The Children's Commissioner's Office 

A guide to help older children (Key Stage 2) understand the Coronavirus and how to express their emotions. This may be useful to support older siblings or other members of your family. Please use the PDF link below.