Stress, worry and anxiety

Most people experience some form of stress, worry or anxiety at some point in their lives, but these feelings may become more intense or more frequent during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These resources may help you, or someone you know, to cope more successfully or find support from an organisation near you.

General advice

Good Thinking has general advice for children and young people, as well as for young carers, and children of essential workers (sometimes called a key worker or a frontline worker).

Healthy London Partnership has coronavirus resources for children and young people, including advice and guides to help manage mental health, and personal stories from organisations that are supporting children and young people to have better mental health and wellbeing.

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) has published advice which may be useful for any child or young person. SLaM operates mental health services for people living in Croydon.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AfSP) has published a blog about looking after yourself in the face of uncertainty.

Stress

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published advice for children and young people coping with stress.

Anxiety

Off the Record has dedicated a section of its website to talk specifically about anxiety and how to get help.

Young Minds has published advice for any young person feeling anxious about coronavirus.

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.

Anna Freud has produced a film to advise young people about managing anxiety during the pandemic.

General advice

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

1.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

2. School after lockdown – managing your child’s anxiety

Learn about common worries and feelings that children may experience when returning to school after lockdown and how you can support them

3. Supporting your teenager with lockdown and the return to school

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

CBT Resource has published a guide for managing stress and worry during the pandemic.

Good Thinking has published some general advice which may be useful to parents and carers, plus advice for foster carers.

Healthy London Partnership has coronavirus resources for parents and carers, including advice and guides to help manage mental health, and personal stories from organisations that are supporting children and young people to have better mental health and wellbeing.

Mental Health Foundation has published some guidance to help parents and carers.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a general guide to help parents and carers support children and young people. They’ve also published a more detailed guide on mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Psychological talking therapy is available free from the NHS, they will help you with problems you may be having involving stress, anxiety and depression.

Psychology Tools has published a guide to living with worry in an uncertain world.

UK Trauma Council has videos and guides containing practical, evidence-based advice to help parents, carers and other key adults to support children and young people’s during the pandemic, plus advice to help a child recover if they have had coronavirus.

Official guidance

Gov.uk has published official guidance to help parents and carers take care of children’s mental health during the pandemic, including a section specifically about stress.

Talking to children and young people

Emerging Minds has published tips for parents on how to talk to and support their children.

Young Minds has published a blog on talking to children about the pandemic

Child Mind Institute has published a blog on talking to children about the pandemic.

Place2Be has published advice to help you answer questions about the pandemic from children.

Young carers

Good Thinking has advice if you’re looking after (or helping to look after) someone in your family who can’t care for themselves, the coronavirus outbreak might be bringing added stress.

General advice

Emerging Minds has published tips for teachers on how to talk to and support pupils/students.

Every mind matters has advice if you are feeling worried about coronavirus. 

Healthy London Partnership has coronavirus resources for schools, including advice and guides to help manage mental health, and personal stories from organisations that are supporting children and young people to have better mental health and wellbeing.

Psychology Tools has published a guide to living with worry in an uncertain world.

CBT Resource has published a guide for managing stress and worry during the pandemic.

Psychological talking therapy is available free from the NHS, they will help you with problems you may be having involving stress, anxiety and depression.

UK Trauma Council has videos and guides containing practical, evidence-based advice to help you support children and young people who may have have had traumatic experiences related to the coronavirus pandemic. They also have a guide to help you identify the signs of trauma.

Talking to children and young people

Child Mind Institute has published a blog on talking to children about the pandemic.

Anxiety

Achieving for children has produced a workshop sessions guide that explains about anxiety in children, how it develops and continues, and strategies to manage anxiety and build confidence in an anxious child.

Visit nhs.uk for more information and advice about coping with stress, worry and anxiety.

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 and beyond, there are many other organisations offering support to children, young people and their families. Visit:

  • Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – provides free and confidential helpline seven hours a day, seven days a week for anyone.
  • Croydon Talking Therapies – range of psychological therapies for people over 18yrs in Croydon.
  • Headspace – app for meditation and mindfulness with advice about stress and anxiety.
  • iCope – range of psychological therapies for people over 18yrs in Kingston.
  • Kooth – confidential online counselling and support for any young person in South West London. Help raise awareness of Kooth with our multi-media toolkit.
  • Listening Place – professional face to face support seven days a week.
  • Merton Uplift – range of psychological therapies for people over 18yrs in Merton.
  • MIND – mental health charity with local branches across South West London.
  • Moodgym – interactive book to help prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety.
  • Papyrus – confidential support and advice for young people struggling with thoughts of suicide.
  • Richmond Wellbeing Service – range of psychological therapies for people over 18yrs in Richmond.
  • Samaritans – 24/7 support and advice with local branches across South West London.
  • Shout – free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis anytime
  • Sutton Uplift – help with stress, worry and anxiety for people in Sutton.
  • Talk Wandsworth – range of psychological therapies for people over 18yrs in Wandsworth.