Materials to help support children and young people's emotional well-being following COVID-19 pandemic - for children and young people

Easy Read Guide

Watch Eliza's video to hear some thoughts & advice on returning to school after lockdown.  Eliza is one of Tamworth's CAMHS Youth Workers.  More @ejtalks can be found on TikTok.

Public Health's Easy Read Guide - Looking after your feelings and your body

App Finder - Mental Wellbeing Apps

To help you find trusted apps that meet your needs, Staffordshire County Council have set up a super easy-to-use Health App Finder.

It's a library of fully reviewed and handpicked apps proven to help with things like mental wellbeing, weight loss and fitness.

Search Your Health App Finder

Your Health App Finder

Barnardos doodle for children to complete on returning to school

Coming back to school
CAMHS summary of resources

CAMHS summary of resources for professionals, parents and carers and children and young people.

CAMHS Resources
Children’s mental health campaign

Children’s mental health campaign have resources for parents and children to support mental health, emotional well-being and awareness of coronavirus.

Children's Mental Health Campaign
Communication Friendly Environments

Communication Friendly Environments  website has blogs and tools (for example social stories) that are communication friendly. Includes topics such as social distancing and wearing masks.

Wearing Face Masks
Coronavirus Book by Manuela Molina

Book about the coronavirus This story book is also available in many different languages from Mindheart.

Coronavirus book
Cosmic Kids Yoga

Cosmic Kids Yoga - yoga, mindfulness and relaxation for kids aged 3+.

Cosmic Kids
Every Mind Matters

Every Mind Matters

NHS approved information on mental health and self-care for young people. 

Every Mind Matters
Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership  has a range of resources on how to talk about Coronavirus and bereavement.  See the dedicated area on their mental health and wellbeing hub.

Mental health
Headspace app

Headspace App - a guide to daily mindfulness activities.

Headspace App
Health for Teens

The Health for Teens website delivers interactive messages and advice, covering a range of topical subjects, such as Coronavirus and online gaming that promote health and wellbeing and help young people to make the right choices.

Health for Teens
Hope Clouds

Planning Activity  about your hopes when returning to school.

Hope Clouds
National Autistic Society

The National Autistic Society (NAS)  has compiled a range of information and resources to help those with autism and other communication difficulties during the pandemic.

NHS Self-Care Kit

NHS Self-Care Kit explores how you can manage your feelings and worries, and ways to relax.

Self Care Kit
NSW education department (Australia based but still has some useful resources for return to school)

NSW education department resources for return to school include:

  • Daisy’s first day: a children’s book about Daisy the koala on her first day at primary school

  • A special place: a children’s book showing what it is like to go to school.
Daisy's First Day
Oxford Owl for Home - John Burgerman: Everybody Worries

A free e-book for young children to help managing worries and anxieties surrounding coronavirus and any changes it has brought to their lives.

Everybody worries

Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity that provides counselling and mental health support and training in UK schools. They have a dedicated area on their site with information on COVID-19.

Reachout ASC

Reachout ASC  is a centre of excellence for supporting pupils with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC). The website offers resources on lockdown and COVID-19, mental wellbeing, social stories and visuals.

Reachout ASC
Safe Hands Thinking Minds
See Hear Respond Partnership - Barnardos

See, Hear, Respond Partnership.  Barnardos have set up the See, Hear, Respond Partnership to quickly identify and support children, young people and families who are struggling to cope with the impacts of coronavirus.

See, Hear, Respond
Stars website

Stars Website has a range of social stories, symbols, worry plans, transition guidance for schools and transition booklets for young people to complete.

Staying Well at Home: Coping With Anxiety and Stress

A free workbook for young people aged 11-19 years old.  It looks at

  • Picturing mental health - what good mental health looks like for you.
  • Lockdown life - things you are coping well with and areas you may want to work on.
  • Ten tips for coping with change.
  • The emotional wellbeing spectrum
  • Young people in isolation worksheet - stress triggers for me and things that may improve my emotional wellbeing.
  • Ten tips for sleeping better.
  • Stress triggers, understanding stress and tips for coping with stress.
  • Understanding thoughts, feelings and actions and how you respond to different challenges.
  • Things that make you happy.
  • Helping hand - people you could call on for support with anxiety and stress.
  • Postcard to my future self.
  • Useful contacts.
Staying Well At Home Workbook
The Autism Educator

A coronavirus social story which looks at social distancing and why we are unable to visit our favourite places.

The Autism Educator
Think Resilience - What can I control?

Think Resilient- What Can I Control is a 20-minute activity,  It helps you to identify ways to look positively at challenges and minimise the negative effects of them.

Take a breath

Take a moment to try this breathing exercise if you feel overwhelmed.

  • Breath in for 4 seconds.

  • Hold your breath for 4 seconds.

  •  Breath out for 4 seconds.

  • Hold your breath for 4 seconds.

Take 2 normal breaths and then start again.

A printable copy of the worksheet is available in our download section.

The worksheet was developed by Eliza Brabbins, CAMHS Youth Worker, MPFT. 

Take a breath
Take a minute

When you find yourself feeling overwhelmed try doing this exercise to help distract and calm your mind.

5.  List five things you can see.

4.  List four things you can feel.

3.  List three things you can hear.

2.  List two things you can smell.

1.  List one thing you can taste.

A printable copy of the worksheet is available in our download section.

The worksheet was developed by Eliza Brabbins, CAMHS Youth Worker, MPFT. 

Take a minute
Take a moment

Take the next 10 minutes to write out everything this bothering you.

Include your thoughts, fears, feelings and frustrations.

Then ask yourself

"What can I control in this situation?"

"What things do I have the power to change?

"What can't I control in this situation?"

"What things do I need to let go of?"

"What positive activities can I do to take my mind of them?"

A printable copy of the worksheet is available in our download section.

The worksheet was developed by Eliza Brabbins, CAMHS Youth Worker, MPFT. 

Take a moment
Take a break

Write down all the ways you can help yourself when you're having a hard time.

Make sure you inlucde things that relax you or make you laugh, as well as activities you enjoy and things that make you feel happy.

Then set yourself a challenge to do at least two of these activities by the end of the day.

A printable copy of the worksheet is available in our download section.

The worksheet was developed by Eliza Brabbins, CAMHS Youth Worker, MPFT. 

Take a break


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