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
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
"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."
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
Information for adults to help with supporting your child/family
Support for adults
1. The Independent - How to manage your mental health during lockdown
2. Mind - Coronavirus and your wellbeing
Mental Health Awareness Week is the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health and mental health problems and inspire action to promote the message of good mental health for all. Mental Health Awareness Week has been run by the Mental Health Foundation since 2001.