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 Well for children provides quality-assured information, stories and advice to support children’s mental health and wellbeing. Books have been chosen and recommended by leading health professionals and co-produced with children and families.

The booklist is targeted at children in Key Stage 2 (aged 7-11), 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.

Clownfish by Alan Durant
Ruby’s Worries by Tom Percival
Me and my Fear by Francesca Sanna
The Colour Thief by Andrew Fusek Peters
Having a Disability by Louise Spilsbury
M is for Autism by Vicky Martin
How not to Lose it by Anna Williamson

Children can reserve their books for free by clicking here.

Advice for parents from CUES Ed


Open document in PDF reader in order to access the hyperlinks on the last pages.

Anna Freud Centre’s coronavirus support for parents and carers

Bereavement advice with The Beatles

When someone you know dies, the grief that follows can be extremely painful. This short (2min 20s) video won’t take that pain away, but clinician David Trickey from the Anna Freud Centre has some ideas which might help you get through it. 

  • Help!  I need somebody.  Help me get my feet back on the ground.
  • Let it be.
  • In my life.
  • Hello, Goodbye!  You say goodbye, I say hello!

How kids are coping with lockdown – New Scientist 18 July 2020



New School Nursing Advice & Support Line – Message from Berkshire Healthcare 11/6/2020

Berkshire Healthcare is launching a new School Nursing advice and support line for children, young people and their families, to offer health advice and referral into the service for on-going support if needed.

The line will be available from 9am-4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

You can access this service by dialing 0118 9312111 and selecting ‘Option 4’ to speak to a School Nurse from our team.

Families Magazine

Click here for the June edition of Families – Thames Valley West, Leaving Lockdown July/August Issue for tips and local activities.

Preparing Your Child for the First Day Back in School

Family VibEs is a set of resources, full of ideas and suggestions for helping you build on your family’s core values, e.g. trust, kindness, responsibility, positivity, patience, gratitude.  By explicitly focusing on values, we hope that you will build a family values toolkit, and grow even closer and more understanding of each other. Look out for a new value each week – and focus on living that value as much as possible. 

Action for Happiness

  • Keep calm
  • Stay wise
  • Be kind

Coronavirus: home-schooling helpline for parents launched

On 24/4/2020, the Department for Education (DfE) announced that STAR Academies Trust has launched StarLine a national helpline for parents who are home-schooling in England. The free telephone helpline aims to offer confidential advice to families from qualified teachers and parenting experts, including advice on behaviour and timetabling as well as help for those looking after children with special educational needs or disabilities, (Source: NSPCC)

NSPCC Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and support for parents and carers

Whether you’re working from home with your kids for the first time or supporting children with anxiety due to coronavirus, we’ve got tips and advice for you.

You’re never too young to talk mental health – 10 tips for talking


10 tips for resilience whilst at home


Supporting children and young
people with worries about

This 11-page document contains lots of useful hyperlinks, but you need to download it in order to be able to click on them.



Download the document in order to use the hyperlinks within it.

Understanding Anxiety In Children

Download the document in order to use the hyperlinks within it.

91 ideas to help you feel better

These activities come from the Anna Freud Centre’s ‘On My Mind‘ work with young people.

Childhood Bereavement Network

Winston’s Wish

At a Loss

Child Bereavement UK

Coronavirus information

Coronavirus is having an impact on everyone, including individuals and families facing bereavement, professionals who work with families, and our supporters. This page brings together guidance and information to help support you at this difficult time. You will also find updated information about Child Bereavement UK’s current services, training and events. 

National Children’s Bureau

The Bereavement Guide – Supporting Children and Young People through Bereavement and Loss by Dr Tina Rae


grief encounter

Cruse Bereavement Care

Coronavirus: dealing with bereavement and grief:

During the global coronavirus pandemic we are facing a tragic loss of life, often under very difficult circumstances.
Bereaved people may have to deal with increased trauma, and may be cut off from some of their usual support network. Those who are already struggling with bereavement, or whose relatives or friends die through other causes will also be affected.
We have put together these resources to share how bereavement and grief may be affected by this pandemic. It covers some of the different situations and emotions bereaved people may have to deal with.