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Dealing with COVID-19 anxieties

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Cheshire East have provided us with the following information –

We understand that aside from any of the typical difficulties that families may sometimes need support for, the current situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) alone may be creating additional stress. We have therefore put together a list of resources below that you might find helpful in managing anxiety in relation to Coronavirus, to help you to talk about Coronavirus with your children and to support them through this time.

For Parents / Adults:

Taking Care of Your Mental Health During COVID-19

Information from Mind UK about managing your mental health in relation to Coronavirus: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/#collapse86765

Useful blog on managing anxiety re: Coronavirus for those with chronic health conditions that may place you in a higher risk category:

For Parents / Carers Supporting Children & Young People:

The following are links to various resources you may find helpful in supporting you to talk with your children about Coronavirus.

Advice for talking to children about Coronavirus from Tanya Bryson – Co-author of 'Whole Brain Child' (with Dan Siegel) – approach very compatible with 'PACE'.

Social Story from Wicklow Alliance Facebook Page explaining Coronavirus to Young Children and those with ASD: (see paper copy below) https://www.facebook.com/triplea.wicklow/photos/pcb.1813040122163437/1813072272160222/?type=3&theater

Practical Psychological advice for parents supporting children if schools close or if someone in your family is affected by Coronavirus :

You Tube video – really good visual for teaching children why it is important to use soap when washing your hands:

CBBC Coronavirus Questions & Answers with Dr Chris & Dr Xandhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51861089

Talking to Teens About Coronavirus – Harvard Medical School https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/how-to-talk-to-teens-about-the-new-coronavirus-2020031419192

American Association of Anxiety & Depression: Talking to your anxious child or teen about Covid-19

Useful website – https://info.healthshield.co.uk/kids_resource_hub

I hope this is useful!
Miss Welch

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