Looking after a child or young person's mental health
There are times when we all feel the strain. As parents and carers, there are ways we can support children and young people to give them the best chance to stay mentally healthy.
Some children and young people have enjoyed being off school, while others will have really struggled – with the coronavirus outbreak keeping them at home and away from friends. Others may be coming to terms with family problems, loss or changes to their living situation.
As restrictions lift in some places, they might also face difficulties in being back at school or college, or have worries about getting or passing on the virus. It's also still uncertain what further changes we all may face.
Feelings like these will gradually ease for most, but there are always steps you can take to support them emotionally and help them cope with problems they face.
There's also further support available if you feel you or they need it.
Reading to support children's health and wellbeing
Reading Well for children supports mental health and wellbeing and helps to provide information and advice for children and their families to cope with feelings and worries, daily life and getting through a tough time.
The new booklist is targeted at children in Key Stage 2 but includes titles aimed at a wide range of reading levels to support less confident readers and to encourage children to read together with their siblings and carers