Looking after the mental health and wellbeing of our families and ourselves has never been so important.

Even with the news that countries around the world are gradually lifting lockdowns, there is still the need to look out for signs of stress, anxiety or depression as we cope with the impact of the coronavirus in all its forms.

In support of Mental Health Awareness Week, here is a collection of resources to help children and families with issues, which may have been caused by the situation we find ourselves in at home - and as we gradually return to school, work and a 'new normal'.

Every mind matters

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently launched this new campaign with the NHS and Public Health England, to encourage people to look after their mental health in lockdown.

Visit the Every Mind Matters website for specific information to support children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak - it provides 10 top tips to help you.

Things to do with children

1. Download a Mindful Monsters activity pack

This free offering comes from the charity Scope. You can sign up to download 12 free activity cards.

Their Mindful Monsters activities are inspired by the principle of the art of being in the present – 'paying attention to your thoughts and feelings, moment by moment', and help children develop emotional resilience and important life skills.

If you like the free pack, you can subscribe to get more delivered over a 12 month period, supporting disabled people and their families through your donations to Scope.

2. Practice some relaxation exercises with Save the Children

Save the Children have produced a set of stress busting drama-based relaxation exercises which can be viewed online or downloaded as a PDF.

3. Participate in activities for wellbeing with Girlguiding

Girlguiding have provided access to a set of activities to help children and young people with their emotions during this time, aimed at children aged 7 and above.

4. Read some books with your children to help them understand their worries

Everybody Worries by Jon Burgerman

"Inspired by conversations with his parent friends who weren’t sure how to explain what is happening right now to their small children, artist and writer Jon Burgerman decided to do something to help."

Coronavirus: A book for children - illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Written in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds, the book answers key questions about the coronavirus.

5. BBC Newsround - Coronavirus: How to BOSS being stuck at home!

6. BBC Bitesize - How to look after your mental wellbeing while at home

Information for Teenagers/Young adults

1. Five ways to look after your mental health in lockdown

2. Better mental health for all - how to discuss mental health within the community

Information for adults to help with supporting your child/family

1. Supporting your child and family’s wellbeing during isolation

2. Children's Commissioner - Coronavirus and children’s mental health

Support for adults

1. The Independent - How to manage your mental health during lockdown

2. Mind - Coronavirus and your wellbeing

3. Samaritans - If you're worried about your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak