Portsmouth City Council has updated the coronavirus section of their website with information for schools and families.
Mental health and wellbeing
The change of routine and staying at home may make this a difficult time for some children. Public Health England has published advice on how to support your children’s wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak.
Guidance is also available to help you look after your own mental health.
For the full guidance, click here.
Talking to children and young people who are anxious about coronavirus
With the current and changing situation and media coverage, it is likely that some children and young people may become concerned and anxious. This is reasonable, as they will never have experienced something like this before and do not have the experience to know what may happen.
Parents, carers and adults who work with children and young people play a very important role in providing a familiar and secure environment where they can answer any questions and worries.
Advice and guidance:
- Advice and guidance from the government about listening, providing information and developing new routines for children, including those with special educational needs or disabilities.
- Free app for young people aged 11 – 17 to help with their mental health education and coping strategies. Using a mobile device, just search for ‘ThinkNinja’ in the IOS or Android app store to download it and put in your home postcode to get started.
- NHS Wessex Healthier Together – What parents need to know about coronavirus
- For teachers, shared by the Thinking Schools Academy Trust: