Staying well during the pandemic

There’s never been a more important time to take care of your emotional wellbeing. There’s a lot going on out there and it’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day and forget to look after yourself.

These resources may help you, or someone you know, stay well during the pandemic.

General support for staying well

South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust has published their top tips for teens, including advice for staying well and activity suggestions.

South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust also has videos that talk you through some common worries and feelings that children and young people may experience during lock down and how you can support them.

Managing your child’s emotions during lockdown

Learn how best to support yourself and your child with heightened emotions during lockdown and the Covid-19 pandemic

Supporting your teenager with lockdown

Learn how to support teenagers during lockdown and help them cope with Covid-19. We also look at how to support them with the transition back into school

Good Thinking has published their top tips for staying well, as well as an FAQ on COVID-19 for children and young people.

Off the Record has created an online hub – called Coping with COVID-19 – to help 11-25s stay well in Croydon, Merton and Sutton. You can also sign up for their online workshops.

Self care and mindfulness

South West London Health and Care Partnership has published a set of guides for children and young people about staying mindful, managing anxiety, self care and staying connected with others.

Sleep problems

Achieving for Children has published a guide for children and parents about tackling sleep problems during the pandemic.

Counselling

Good Thinking answers questions you may have if you already receive counselling or other types of wellbeing support.

Eating disorders

Beat eating disorders has plenty of advice and an online chat room to help you manage your eating disorder and stay well during the coronavirus pandemic.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Good Thinking has advice for children and young people with ADHD to help you cope with the daily changes to life caused by coronavirus.

General support for staying well

South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust has published an activity guide to help parents keep children occupied during lockdown.

Public Health England has published detailed guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Mental Health Foundation has published a guide for looking after your family’s mental health.

Good Thinking has published general advice for parents and carers.

The World Health Organization has published six one page tips for parents themed ‘parenting in the time of COVID-19’.

Anna Freud has produced a film to help parents and carers support children and young people during the pandemic.

South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust has published a wide range of advice for keeping safe and well, particularly for parents and carers.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Good Thinking has advice for parents of children with ADHD to help and your child cope with the new challenges created by coronavirus.

Sleep problems

Achieving for Children has published a guide for children and parents on sleep problems during the pandemic.

Autism toolkit

Easterseals, based in the US, has published a helpful toolkit for parents and carers for use at home with autistic children, to help decrease anxiety and increase independence.

Think U Know has published a set of home activity packs to help you take care of your child’s online safety.

Eating disorders

Beat eating disorders has advice if you are supporting someone who has an eating disorder and you are concerned about their illness or treatment.

Neurodiverse children

South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust has published its top tips for parents of children with neurodevelopmental needs.

East London NHS Foundation Trust and Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have published a film about supporting neurodiverse children during self isolation.

Sensory Integration has published a handwashing guide which may be useful for parents supporting children with sensory difficulties.

Maintaining emotional connections

Trauma Informed Schools has produced a guide which teachers can use to help children maintain their emotional connection with others during isolation.

General support for staying well

Anna Freud Centre has published a guide to support the mental health and wellbeing of pupils and students.

Managing the pressures of work

Achieving for Children has produced a guide to support teachers manage their workload during the pandemic.

Maintaining emotional connections

Trauma Informed Schools has produced a guide which parents and carers can use to help children maintain their emotional connection with others during isolation.

Neurodiverse children

East London NHS Foundation Trust and Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have published a film about supporting neurodiverse children during self isolation.

Sensory Integration has published a handwashing guide which may be useful for teachers supporting children with sensory difficulties.

Keeping children safe

NSPCC has published advice to help people working with children look after them during the pandemic, and what to do if you are worried about the safety of a child.

Visit nhs.uk for more information and advice about looking after your emotional wellbeing.

Teachers, parents and carers may be interested in our archive of emotional wellbeing webinars, which contain practical advice and support from local organisations.

In South West London, there are many other organisations offering advice support to children, young people and their families. Visit: