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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.

Anxiety

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.

Read tips for creating a routine around self-isolation on the Young Minds website.

Find advice on what to do if you're anxious about coronavirus on the Young Minds website.

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 help@nspcc.org.uk.

Find coronavirus advice and support for parents and carers on the NSPCC website.

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.

Visit the Kooth website for online counselling and emotional wellbeing support.

Support for parents

Read a guide to helping parents answer questions from their children about coronavirus on the Place2Be website. 

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.

Find coronavirus guidance for parents and young people on the National Autistic Society website.

Watch videos for parents and young people on how to help maintain children's wellbeing at a time of uncertainty on the Anna Freud Centre website.

Read the government guidance on supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.