With disruption in everyone’s lives due to coronavirus (COVID-19) it’s important that we all pay attention to our mental health and well-being and the mental health of children and young people.
Research suggests that the pandemic is going to affect everyone’s mental well-being, particularly vulnerable groups such as children (Holmes et al, 2020).
Children and young people may be feel worried or anxious about different things. Beyond the virus itself there is the interruption of the normal school routine, suddenly spending most of their time indoors and no longer regularly seeing family and friends.
They may also experience someone close to them, such as a family member, carer, friend or teacher, becoming seriously ill or passing away. This can cause feelings of sadness, loss and grief.
The NSPCC has pulled together some resources to help you support the children and young people and families you know and work with through this challenging time.