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Supporting the mental health of your child during COVID-19

How to support children and young people with their mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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.

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, including tips for creating a routine around self-isolation, and advice on what to do if you're anxious about coronavirus

Whether you want support and advice for adapting to family life in lockdown, or you’re worried about a child, the NSPCC can help.  Please call their helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk

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 this confidential and free digital mental health support service complementing existing mental health provision. 

From April 1 the Kooth service has been extended to provide support for those 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 offending, not in education, employment and training and those stepping down from CAMHS.

Support for parents

The charity Place2Be has produced a guide to helping parents answer questions from their children about coronavirus and to support family wellbeing.

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.

The National Autistic Society has guidance for parents and young people

The Anna Freud centre has produced videos for parents and young people to help maintain children’s wellbeing at a time of uncertainty.

For more advice read the government guidance on supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.