For parents and others talking with children these resources will be of great help. Thank you to Anna of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth for putting this together.

The American Psychological Association: Information on Pandemics has a wide range of information to help understand the current situation.

The World Heath Organisation has some excellent material to help parents during this pandemic.

For more specific mental health concerns look at these two sites:

Anna Freud: Self-Care and Coping Strategies and BBC: How to protect your mental health

The  National Association of School Psychologists: Parent Resources has a great deal for parents who may not know how to talk about the pandemic.

The Youngminds website is very useful for ways of approaching difficult topics, such as how to deal with the implications of the Corovid-19 outbreak.

For help in talking directly with children these might be of some help:

CBBC: Video and Questions

ChildMind: Talking to Children

ELSA: Coronavirus Story for Children

And finally, some specific PDF files:

Talking to children about Coronavirus and  Coronavirus Workbook for Children might both be helpful, especially if you find yourself lost for words.


All of these books are currently available:

The Salt Path
Raynor Wynn. A moving tale of hope for older students and adults.

Something Bad Happened: A Kid’s Guide to Coping with events in the News
Dawn Huebner. How to process different world events (ages 6-12).

The Day the Sea Went Out and Never Came Back
Margot Sunderland. A story for children who have lost someone they love (ages 4-12).

Draw on Your Emotions
Margot Sunderland. A resource to help people express and communication their emotions.

What To Do When You’re Scared & Worried: A Guide for Kids
James Crist. A help guide to processing fears and worries (ages 9-13).

Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids
Carol McCloud. Encourages positive behaviour and expressing kindness and appreciation.

How are you Peeling: Foods with Moods
Saxton Freymann & Joost Elffers. Explores how emotions look through pictures of Foods. A good way to talk about emotions with young children.

The Way I Feel
Janan Cain. Explores feelings and a helpful way to talk about emotions with young children.

The Worrysaurus
Rachel Bright.  A reassuring tale about dealing with worries.