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The past year has unquestionably been a year like no other. Health concerns, home-learning difficulties, feelings of isolation and break-downs in children's normal support networks are likely to  lead to an increase in children's mental health issues across the country. The links below talk about these issues and more, whilst offering some advice on how to help promote your child's resilience and keep mentally healthy during this period and beyond.  


Carol Gray – Coronavirus social story

Emerging Minds – Supporting Children and Young People with Worries about Covid-19

MindHeart – Hello, My Name is Coronavirus

NHS – It’s ok to worry about coronavirus

Nosy Crow – Coronavirus: A Book for Children

Nurse Dotty Books – a story: Dave the Dog is worried about the coronavirus again

Rebecca Growe and Julia Martin Burch – A Kid’s Guide to Coronavirus

Young Minds - Supporting Your Child During the Coronavirus Pandemic



You may also like to:


CALM (for men):                           0800 585858

Childline (under-19s):                   0800 1111

Samaritans:                                  116 123

Shout (24-hour text line):              85358

Young Minds Parent Helpline:      0808 802 5544



44 Children's Books About Mental Health | Child Mind Institute




Managing Your Child’s Emotions During Lockdown:

This video for parents and carers offers advice around how best to support children who may display heightened emotions during lockdown and the Covid-19 pandemicand is from Dr Annika Clark Consultant Clinical Psychologist Consultant Lead for CAMHS Early Help  SWLSTG MH Trust.  We hope it is helpful to you.


The Battersea Mental Health Support Team are developing a series of therapeutic storytelling videos for primary schools and parents/carers or teachers to use with children. This series has been created by local drama therapists. Therapeutic Stories can help children to understand and process difficult life events and feelings.

Hetty’s in Lockdown Again is the first story in this series.

Themes in the story

  • Uncertainty and change
  • Staying connected with friends and family
  • Difficult feelings during lockdown
  • Sharing feelings and asking questions with a trusted adult

Please feel free to watch with your children, which may encourage them to discuss how they are feeling at this very difficult time. Click on the image below.