The government is now advising us to avoid all but essential social contact. This will mean that more of us will be spending a lot of time at home and many regular social activities will be unavailable. It is important that through this period of time we look after our own well-being and mental health as well as try and encourage our children to do the same.
It is important to schedule in physical activities and mindfulness breaks - below are some links to try and help you support your child at home.
Advice on talking to children about Coronavirus, by British Psychological Society:
Supporting parents and carers video - Anna Freud Centre
How to talk to your child about coronavirus, by Unicef:
Child-friendly explanation of Coronavirus for Primary age students:
Information video on Coronavirus for Primary age children (KS2), by Brainpop:
SHOUT - text ‘Shout’ to 85258 for 24/7 crisis text support
Shout is the UK's first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere.
Childline - Call 0800 1111 (24 hours)
Comforts, advises and protects children 24 hours a day and offers free confidential counselling.
NSPCC Helpline - Call 0808 800 5000 or email email@example.com
If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, contact our professional counsellors for help, advice and support.
Winston's Wish - Call 08088 020021
Supports bereaved children, young people and their families
Samaritans - Call 116 123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (24 hours a day, 365 days a year)
If you need to talk to someone, the Samaritans can help- they offer emotional support and a listening ear 25 hours a day, 365 days a year. This is a freephone number that can even be called from a mobile that has no credit. Your call will not appear on the phone bill.
CALM Helpline - Call 0800 58 58 58
Confidential support for men, 7 days a week, 5pm to midnight, free
National Domestic Abuse Helpline - Call 0808 2000 247
Free, confidential, 24 hour helpline
Women's Aid - Live Chat https://chat.womensaid.org.uk
Information and support for women experiencing domestic violence
BCP Community Coronavirus Support
You can request help with deliveries of food and other essentials as well as support with loneliness and wellbeing. Call - 0300 1231752 (8am-8pm, 7 days a week)
Providing advice on issues such as debt management and welfare benefits, housing, immigration and asylum, employment, consumer complaints and landlord-tenant disputes.
Citizens Advice Harrow - Phone us 020 8427 9477
Citizens Advice Brent - Phone us 020 8438 1249