Supporting your child’s mental health and wellbeing
Children will have heard of Coronavirus and may have questions. It’s important they hear the key messages from someone they trust, such as yourself.
Tips to help you to talk to them
- listen to your child’s concerns and make sure you acknowledge their worries
- focus on answering you child’s questions with facts where you can
- it’s ok to say that you don’t know the answer to questions but that you can try to find out for them
- remember children learn from your response so try to stay calm when you’re answering
- try and give practical guidance when you can, for example how to wash hands
Structure and routine can help children and young people feel safe during periods of uncertainty. Ideas for supporting this include
- having set times for going to bed and getting up in the morning where possible
- build in times for fresh air and exercise
- create a variety of activities such as games, art, music, play and reading
- helpful websites include The Literacy Trust
- respect each other’s privacy and give space where you can
- take time to review the day’s activities to help them get a sense of accomplishment.
Tips from Parent Club about talking to your children about Coronavirus.
Young Scot has lots of information on what’s happening and the simple steps you can take to help prevent catching COVID-19 and spreading to others. You can also find out more about what you can do if you’re feeling anxious and worried, and how you can support others in your community.
There’s lots more advice on the British Psychological Society website.
Read government advice on supporting young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
CAMHS has advice and resources for parents, carers and young people.