Parent Advice & Child Friendly Guides During Coronavirus
Advice If Your Child Is Unwell
Please see advice for parents during coronavirus if your child is generally unwell. A red, amber and green traffic light system guide has been developed by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health to enable parents to assess when they should be seeking help.
Parenting Through COVID-19
Please see advice and help for parenting through covid-19 from St Helens Council below
Please see below an information book to help explain the coronavirus and a child friendly guide to Coronavirus.
An information book for primary school age children to help explain the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. It answers lots of questions in a child-friendly way, and aims to both inform and reassure. Published by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Axel, the text had expert input from Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and also two headteachers and a child psychologist.
Have you talked to your children about the Coronavirus? How can you bring up the virus in a way that will be appropriate and reassuring for children?
Manuela Molina @mindheart.kids has created the Covibook, a short story to help families and educators in this process.
The Covibook will:
• Invite children to express how they are feeling and validate their emotions.
• Create a neuroception of safety when seeing the virus as a cartoon.
• Comfort them by explaining that caregivers will keep them safe.
• Introduce some precaution measures that will allow them to feel empowered.
Family Wellbeing and Child Support
The following links about family wellbeing and child support.
Young Minds - Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/
Carers UK - Guidance for carers: https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19
UNHCR - The following link is a Coronavirus storybook for children from UNHCR to help children aged 6-11 cope with coronavirus. The book is available online and as an audiobook and is currently available in six languages, with over 30 more planned. Click through this press release to multiple language versions. https://www.unhcr.org/news/press/2020/4/5e8ecdba4/childrens-storybook-released-help-children-young-people-cope-covid-19.html
New 24/7 Crisis Line to Support People's Mental Health
What to do if you need urgent mental health help:
Please call and our dedicated local crisis lines and NHS staff will support you to access the help you need: If you live in Halton, Knowsley, St Helens or Warrington call 01925 275 309. If you live in Wigan call 01942 636 395
- The crisis lines are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are open to people of all ages –including children and young people.
- The crisis lines are now the first port of call for mental health crisis help –it is operated by people in your local area who will know how best to support you. If you call NHS111 you may have to wait longer for help and will be redirected to this local service.
- Please note, A&E and 999 are not the best places to get help for the majority of mental health problems –call our crisis line to be directed to the best local service to support you.
- You should still call 999 or go to A&E if you have a life-threatening emergency requiring immediate mental or physical health assistance.
- For non-urgent help and general wellbeing advice, North West Boroughs Healthc information and links to resources to support people with anxiety, low-mood, and worries relating to the current Covid-19 pandemic: www.nwbh.nhs.uk/coronavirus