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COVID-19 ~ Useful resources & Updates 

School is closing - A story to read your children 

World Health Organisation - Coping with stress 

Coronavirus - helping the children through this anxious period 

 

 

Suffolk Parent Carer Network and SENsational Families 

World Health Organisation - Help children cope with stress 

 Taking good care of yourself, your friends and your family can help you cope.

  • Take regular breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories about the pandemic – including limiting social media. Hearing about it repeatedly can be upsetting and fuel anxiety and worry. Remember, not everything you read will be accurate.
  • Try to stick to national news broadcasts (e.g. BBC) and information from Public Health England.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths; try to eat (and drink) healthily, well balanced meals, exercise and get plenty of sleep. 
  • Make time to focus on activities you enjoy, whilst acknowledging any restrictions that are upon us.
  • Maintain contacts with others and try to talk with people you trust about your worries and how you are feeling. It is likely that these will be shared worries. Try to avoid exacerbating each
    other’s anxieties by keeping to the facts, as we know them, and being mindful of our tendency get caught up in negative thought patterns.
  • Find ways to let off steam - use humour and make effort to notice any positive signs or messages e.g. proactive support and acts of kindness shown by others.
  • Separate what is in your control and what is not. Focus on those things you can control – such as keeping good hygiene. I’ve mentioned pastoral support and how important it is to us before. Don’t forget there are some useful resources on the school website linked to COVID-19 to read and perhaps use at home. Here are some other links which may be helpful too:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/joinin/seven-techniques-for-helping-kids-keep-calm 

https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/covid-19 

https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/advice-talking-children-about-illness 

A MIND (the mental health charity) publication:

https://www.mind.org.hk/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/ResponseCoronavirusENG6.2.2020-.pdf 

 

Remember to contact the NHS pages dedicated to providing information related to COVID-19 which can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/  and as shared previously the Department for Education’s coronavirus helpline number is 0800 046 8687.