Supporting the mental health of your child during COVID-19
Regardless of their age, this may be a difficult time for children and young people.
It is important that you look out for signs that your child is getting anxious and stressed. Read more about anxiety in children on the NHS website.
Support for children and young people
There is lots of online help available for children and young people who are worried about coronavirus.
The website Young Minds offers lots of help for young people.
Whether you want support and advice for adapting to family life in lockdown, or you’re worried about a child, the NSPCC can help. Call their helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email email@example.com.
Local online support for young people - Kooth
Kooth is an online counselling and emotional wellbeing service which is a free, confidential, safe and anonymous way to ask for help.
Young people aged 11–19 years across South East London (Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham, Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich) are able to access confidential and free digital mental health support service complementing existing mental health provision on Kooth.
From 1 April 2021 the Kooth service has been extended to provide support for people up to the age of 25 with a key focus on those who may be particularly vulnerable to common mental health problems.
These groups include: care leavers, children with special educational needs and disabilities, youth offenders, those not in education and those stepping down from CAMHS.
Support for parents
The Children’s Commissioner has produced a children’s guide to coronavirus which aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell them how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home. Read the children's guide to coronavirus on the Children's Commissioner website.