The COVID-19 outbreak is a challenging time for many, but can be particularly challenging for those caring for children who have experienced trauma. Below you will find a list of resources that aim to help you look after you and your families’ wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak. To access the webpage, please click on the link while holding down the CTRL key.
Resources for looking after your wellbeing
- Coronavirus and your wellbeing – Here you can find information on taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak. The website also gives practical advice for staying at home, and guidance on support for work, benefits and housing.
- Mental wellbeing while staying at home – Here is a list of useful tips and advice for looking after your well-being while staying at home.
Resources for looking after your child’s wellbeing
- Parenting a Traumatised Child while living through COVID-19 – This video from Dr Dan Hughes addresses challenges around parenting traumatised children during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how to address these challenges.
- Coronavirus: updates, advice and support – This webpage provides a useful advice on how to look after children’s wellbeing, as well as guide to help answer questions from your children around coronavirus
- The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do – This is a video providing an explanation of coronavirus, how it works, and what you can do.
- Talking to your child about coronavirus – Here is another webpage which provides advice and tips around talking to your child about coronavirus. Another useful document “Talking to children about illness” helps think about how to talk to children about COVID-19 depending on their developmental age.
- Obstacle course – This is a short video with a great example of how to keep children regulated and entertained while stuck indoors.
- ‘Whole brain approach’ to talking about coronavirus with kids – Some points to keep in mind when speaking to children about coronavirus
- How to Avoid Becoming a Lizard – A nice short animation to help with self-regulation, explaining what happens when we are stressed. Another short animation “Belly Breathing” also helps children with how to respond to negative thoughts.
Resources to help think about your child’s behaviour
- Brain development in teenagers – This quick animation gives a great snapshot into teenager’s brain development during adolescence and how this can impacts on their behaviour
- Dan Siegel: Name is to Tame it – Dan Siegel uses the hand model of the brain to explain how to help a child experiencing intense emotions by naming it to tame it.
- Why Do We Lose Control of Our Emotions? – A simple, easy-to-understand whiteboard animation to help children gain an understanding of the way their brains work to recognize and manage their emotions, using the hand model of the brain.