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Wellbeing and Mental Health During the Coronavirus

 

The coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is having an impact on everyone. We’ve all experienced sudden changes in our lives and routines, and we’re living with lots of uncertainty about the coming weeks and months. It’s normal for children to feel worried, anxious or unsettled at the moment. This page brings together guidance and information to help support your family at this difficult time.

Expert advice reminds us to:

 

  1. Talk to your child:

 It’s important to talk to your child about what’s going on. Find out how they’re feeling and what they’re thinking about, letting them know it’s okay to feel scared or unsure. Try to answer their questions and reassure them in an age appropriate manner. Remember – you don’t need to know all the answers! But talking things through can help them feel calmer.

 We realise it can be difficult to know what to say to your children about coronavirus, and have compiled some useful sources for child-friendly information and resources:

 Talking to children about coronavirus: https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/

  

  1. Help them to reflect on how they’re feeling and encourage them to think about the things they can do to make them feel safer and less worried:

 A lot of children will find it reassuring to be reminded that there is still some consistency, for example, in where they live and who looks after them, the fact that they can still watch their favourite TV programmes and school work and home work still need to be done! You can try to keep as many regular routines as possible, so that your child feels safe and that things are stable.

 Children will display their worries in different ways depending on their age and personality. Some children may need particular support to help manage their anxiety or low mood. The following resources may be helpful:

 

Supporting your child with anxiety:

  

Breathing, Relaxation and Mindfulness Strategies: 

You might experience an increase in more challenging and difficult behaviours at home whilst the children are coming to terms with some big emotions. You may find using emotion coaching or zones of regulation strategies helpful.

 

Emotion Coaching Strategies: 

 

Zones of Regulation Programme: 

 

SEND: 

Children with special educational needs and disabilities may face a lot of changes to their daily lives due to the coronavirus. Their routines, regular support and the people they see may all be different now.

Every child with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is different and will have different support needs in the current situation.  Below are some resources to support children who may be especially vulnerable at this time:

 

 

 

  1. Limit your child’s exposure to social media and the internet without your supervision: 

Social media can be a great way for your child to keep in touch with friends, but there is an awful lot of information about the coronavirus online, which can be overwhelming. There is also a lot of misinformation circulating which could increase anxiety. The following resources about staying safe online may be helpful: 

 

  1. Connect regularly and spend time doing positive activities with your child: 

Children may need extra love and attention at this time. Spending time doing fun and positive activities will help to reassure them and is also a great way of providing a space for them to talk through their worries or thoughts, without having what feels like a ‘big chat’. As well as getting some physical exercise and fresh air, below are some activities to do at home with your child: 

https://www.children1st.org.uk/help-for-families/parentline-scotland/guidance-advice/things-to-keep-kids-entertained-at-home/

 

Family Support 

This is a really challenging time for families – parents have also experienced a sudden change in their lives and routines. Lots of parents are balancing children being home more often, alongside their employment and health worries, financial concerns and care for vulnerable relatives or friends. As parents, here are some resources to help daily life during this period:

 

  

Bereavement:

 If your family has sadly experienced the loss of a relative or loved one during this time you may find yourself trying to manage your own emotions as well as those of your child. Below are some useful strategies to help children talk through loss and deal with their grief, and help you to understand some of the more challenging behaviours they may express as they try to come to terms with their feelings.

 

  

Contact:

 If you would like to speak to someone at school regarding your child’s wellbeing or mental health, please contact:

Amelia Hopkins (Wellbeing Lead: Monday - Wednesday)

Email: ahopkins@maloreesjnr.brent.sch.uk

Marilynn Figueira (Unlocking Potential Team Manager: Tuesday - Thursday)

Email: Marilynn.Figueira@up.org.uk

 

If you are significantly concerned about your child’s mental health during this period:

  • Contact your GP for professional support.
  • If your child is already under the care of CAMHS or another mental health service, get in touch by phone to discuss how their support will continue during the pandemic.
  • Your child can access emotional support from helplines and online chat services such as Childline, Samaritans and the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger.
  • If there is a medical emergency, for example if your child is injured or you are worried that they or someone else is at immediate risk of harm, call 999. 

 

 

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