Coping with COVID19

This document contains a variety of resources on dealing and managing with anxiety around Covid-19 from various online quality websites.                                                                                           

The document is split up into different sections as follows:

  1. Resources for children and adolescents
    1. General information and useful sites
    2. Online guides and workbooks
    3. Useful videos and podcasts
    4. Mindfulness resources and apps


  1. Resources for parents
    1. General information and useful sites
    2. Redbridge specific resources
    3. Useful videos
    4. Useful books
  2. Dealing with Bereavement from Covid-19
    1. General information and useful sites
  3. Resources for Schools
  4. Research to take part in
  5. In case of an emergency

Kooth: a safe, free, and anonymous online support for young people

  • Open from Monday-Friday 12pm-10pm and Saturday-Sunday 6pm-10pm
  • Must make an account to access the website but the username can be anonymous
  • Link:

Childline: a charity for children and young people under 19 years old

Kids Health: information about Coronavirus for children, adolescents and parents (also available in Spanish)

Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus: an easy explanation of COVID-19 for children

BBC: contains articles dedicated to COVID-19

YoungMinds: “Looking after your mental health while self-isolating” gives you tips on how to stay connected, stay calm, deal with stress at home and provides extra resources and helplines

WHO: “Coping with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak” easy to understand leaflet

Action for happiness:

Mind: a website dedicated to mental health awareness

Mental Health Europe: “Coronavirus: 8 ways to look after your mental health”

Anxiety Canada: What to do if you’re anxious or worried about coronavirus” tips and advice

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:


Anna Freud Centre:

  • List of strategies young people can use to take care of their own mental health:
  • 60 second support series: in association with Heads Together (a charity partner)
    • It is a new, innovative radio content series with Radiocentre which offers practical tips and advice to support young people with their mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic
    • A new episode is released and shared every day focusing on different topics
    • Link:

NHS: contains a page focused on mental health and wellbeing

  • Provides you with a link to a mood self-assessment which can help you understand how you are feeling and gives you advice on what you can do
  • It also contains mental wellbeing audio guides to help with low mood, anxiety, problems sleeping, low confidence and unhelpful thinking
  • Link:

Every Mind Matters: a website linked with the NHS that:

NELFT NHS Foundation Trust: more resources for managing anxiety and low mood during Covid-19

TATF: provides general information about worry and anxiety about the coronavirus

Computerized CBT program: online free program that you can sign up to for free to access a CBT program to help you manage your anxiety

Thrive London Is a city-wide movement to improve mental health and wellbeing

  • Run a series of free NHS webinars
  • Full schedule:
    • Mindfulness: Thursday, 6 August 4pm
    • Anxiety: Tuesday 11 August 4pm
    • Working from Home and Staying Well: August 4pm
    • Low Mood: Tuesday 18 August 4pm
    • BAME Wellbeing with David Truswell: 20 August 4pm
  • Link:

Chatter Pack: A list of free, online, boredom-busting resources to help you get through the pandemic

Science is fun for everyone has a webpage dedicated to cool science experiments you can do from home

Online guide for children “Hello I am a virus, cousins with the flu and the common cold”: https://660919d3-b85b-43c3-a3ad-

Online guide for children “What is the Coronavirus” a simple explanation of the coronavirus for children that contains little text and lots of images

Online guide for adolescents “Living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty”

Online guide for adolescents “FACE COVID-19, how to respond effectively to the Corona crisis”

Self-help leaflets on various mental health problems:

Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook:

Online PDFs: includes…


  • “The Stay Home Superheroes” by Sophie Marsh
  • Coronavirus, a book for children by Axel Sheffler (for primary school children)
  • The Little Elf who missed his Birthday Party by Nottinghamshire Educational Psychology Service
  • Supporting Young People Through Disruption: by the Anna Freud Centre
  • About this Video: Provides advice for young people on managing their mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19 by Peter Fuggle (Clinical Director)
  • Link:

Coronavirus advice on what to do if you are worried by the BBC

FACE COVID: How to respond effectively to the Corona Crisis 1

A steady heart in the time of Coronavirus (Podcast)

Coping with Anxiety through CBT (podcast)

Sleeping through a crisis (podcast): by NELFT

Coping during the Pandemic (Children 7-12):

Dr John Goldin gives advice on dealing with anxiety during coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis:

  • About this podcast: the Vice Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Royal College of Psychiatry offers advice for young people dealing with anxiety during COVID-19
  • Link:

Getting tested for coronavirus by the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust


  • General information about mindfulness, what is it, and how to achieve it
  • Offers an online mindfulness course
  • Link:


  • Information website about mindfulness
  • Offers links to books, apps, and resources that teach you how to learn mindfulness
  • Link:

Smiling Mind contains information about mindfulness, how to use it

Calm: iPhone app to help with sleeping, increasing confidence, reduce stress and anxiety through guided meditation, soothing music and bedtime stories

  • Some features are free
  • A subscription which provides access to the entire Calm catalog costs 12.99 dollars/month, 59.99 dollars/year and 299.99 dollars for a lifetime subscription

Mindshift: by Healthy Young Minds helps teens and young adults cope with anxiety by offering general information and strategies to manage worry, panic, conflict, or anxiety

Omvana: a meditation app with a library of meditations from world class instructors

  • Includes medications for any situation (sleep, stress, focus etc.)
  • You can customize your experiences

Headspace: mindfulness app with guided exercises, videos and more to get you healthier and happier

Smiling Mind: offers meditation and mindfulness exercises for free

Relax Melodies: a sleep aid app to make you fall asleep quickly and wake up refreshed through relaxing sounds

  • Free for some features
  • The Pro version costs 3.49 pounds
  • A lifetime subscription costs 19.99 dollars

Mindfulness - Children

Elefriends: supportive online community from the mental health charity Mind-a safe place to listen, share, and be heard

  • Available for free

Pacifica: provides tools for managing depressed mood, anxiety, and stress built upon the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, relaxation and health

  • Can be used on iOS 6.0 and above on apple or version 4.0 and above on Android devises
  • Free to download and use
  • Full access costs 3.99 dollars per month or 29.99 dollars per year

Meditation timer: includes a meditation timer with a delay time, an interval bell, a daily reminder time, and a statistics screen that includes brief meditation tips: Free

Stop Breathe and think: helps you find peace anywhere, allows you to check in with your emotions and recommends short guided meditations, yoga, and acupressure videos.

  • Free

Think Ninja: helps children and young people build resilience, manage their emotional health and fulfil their potential.



  • Contains new COVID-19 content to help children with their fears around the virus, isolation struggles, worries about personal and familial health, coping techniques and much more
  • Free


Barnardo’s is a national children’s charity in the UK

  • See, Hear, Respond Service: Funded by the Department for Education to identify and support children, young people and families who are struggling to cope with the impacts of coronavirus
  • Call 0800 157 7015 (9am-9pm Mon-Fri and 10am-6pm on Sat and Sun) or visit
  • The service responds to every referral so no child is missed and then finds a partner to support the most isolated and at risk children in your area
  • Can get help in one of four ways
  • Self-service online hub of support and information
  • Online work: guidance, therapeutic 1:1 and group support
  • Direct, face to face intervention
  • Helping children and young people reintegrate back to schools
  • COVID-19 Helpline for BAME children and young people and families
    • Open Monday-Friday from 1pm-8pm and provides emotional support, advice, and signposting to other organizations who can provide help
      • 0800 1512605 or you can chat with a representative
    • Link:

Wellbeing Connect offer services to support children, families, and young people

Anna Freud Centre: provides advice for parents and carers on what to do to support young people’s mental health in a period of disruption

University of Reading and University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Emerging Minds:

Families under pressure:

Children’s Commissioner:

Child Mind Institute: website dedicated to child mental health and awareness

Facebook support group: Family Lockdown tips and idea

  • This is a group has been set up to provide support, tips and ideas if you are at home with your family in light of the Coronavirus.
  • They post ideas and suggestions for indoor and garden activities that you can do with your children
  • It is a private group that you need to join
  • Link:

NanoGirl Live: this webpage contains coronavirus resources for children and parents

  • This includes videos on how to explain Coronavirus to children and help them understand their role in reducing the spread as well as an easy science experiments that can be done at home to teach them the science behind why washing hands with soap and water is important

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists:

Young Minds:

  • “How to talk to your child about coronavirus”—10 tips from their parent’s helpline
  • They also have a Parents Helpline available on 0808 802 5544
    • Speak to experts that can give you more information on how to help your child
    • Opened Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm
    • Free for mobiles and landlines

Aha! Parenting

Healthline: How to talk to your kids about the COVID-19 outbreak”

Celebrity classes: alternative classes run by celebrities to offer you and your kids free daily help with their education while schools are closed.

Support with education and childcare at home (info from Tower Hamlet’s)

Tes: “School reopening: Key mental health questions answered” –for more information about how returning to school and social distancing will affect the mental health of your children while at school by Dr. Rina Bajaj

Safe Hands Thinking Minds: draws on a range of interdisciplinary expertise, theoretical perspectives and evidence bases to promote, solidify, and develop high standards in the areas of parenting, trauma, adversity, attachment, fostering, adoption and many more.

  • Deliver specialist and tailor-made psychological and therapeutic training, workshops, and consultancy to carers and parents
  • Contains resources to support children and adults around anxiety, worry stress and fears relating to COVID-19 with some videos by Dr. Karen Treisman to support relaxation and emotional regulation.
  • Link:

British Psychological Society:

Parent Club

Maudsley Learning

London Borough of Redbridge:

  • Educational Psychology Service (EPS)
    • Have dedicated phone helpline for parents/carers to receive advice and guidance from professional psychologists
    • Available for all parents and carers-your child does not need to know known the EPS and does not need to have special educational needs or additional support within school.
    • Phone: 07741331009
    • Opening hours: Mon-Fri from 9am-5pm and Wed evenings from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Council: can also help you keep up to date with latest information and guidance
    • If you cant get online you can also ring the council
      • Housing: 020 8708 4002
      • Council tax: 020 8708 5670
      • Benefits: 020 8708 5690
      • Adult social services: 020 8708 7333
      • Children’s services: 020 8708 5555
      • Other enquiries: 020 8708 5000
    • If you require information in another format such as easy read or in a different language, please contact the enquiry line on 020 8708 5000
    • Helping you with food: if possible, you should try to order food line form supermarkets, local shops, or restaurants. To try and limit the number of people visiting supermarkets think about joining with neighbors, friends, or family so only one person needs to shop.
      • To help make the most of your food visit Here you can find practical tools and tools such as A-Z food storage tips, portion calculator, tips for using leftovers, recipe bank etc.
  • Other support: community and voluntary sector organizations can help provide you with support. For more information on organizations in your area, please visit

Redbridge Joins Together: a Facebook group backed by the Redbridge council to support the borough’s community through COVID-19

London Borough of Redbridge: publishes regular updates for Redbridge residents on the COVID-19 situation and what is being done around the borough.

Redbridge COVID-19 Mutual Aid: coordinates support across the borough to those in self- isolation, the elderly, and the vulnerable

Good Sam: a link to request request a volunteer to help vulnerable clients who are unable to leave their homes with shopping, collecting medication, etc.

Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure: Non-profit organization working in partnership with the London Borough of Redbridge to deliver a wide range of leisure and cultural services to the community.

Butterflies Project aims to promote health and wellbeing for families with a child with a learning disability and/or on the autistic spectrum

  • For families with children aged 0-19 years old and those living in the boroughs of Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham, and Havering.
  • Projects offered during COVID-19
    • Weekly activity sheets
    • Sensory toys
    • Weekly menus
    • Notifications of individual grants that may be available
    • Art packs
    • Peer support and group meeting via Zoom
    • Exercise, dance, and movement classes via Zoom
    • Telephone and email signposting
    • Form filling via Zoom
  • Accept self-referrals or agency/support service’s referrals
  • Contact: Sonia Anderson-Cunningham

How to teach your children how hand washing helps prevent Coronavirus and other infectious diseases spreading by the NHS...

  • How to talk to kids about Coronavirus by the Child Mind Institute

Help kids manage anxiety around the Coronavirus by Go Zen

Supporting neuro-diverse children in challenging times such as during self-isolation by the NHS

Coronavirus: A book for children by Nosy Crow

When someone dies from coronavirus: A guide for family and carers by Irene Tuffrey-Wijne and Sheila Hollins

Online PDF’s

Cruse Bereavement Care

Child Bereavement UK

Bereavement guide: How other people can help


  • Contains a webpage for COVID-19 bereavement with links regarding…
    • If you have been bereaved
    • If you are caring for a bereaved person
    • Advice on memorializing when gatherings are restricted
  • Link:

Tes: “How to support bereaved children: a comprehensive guide”

Leeds Bereavement Forum

Oxford University

University of Reading

British Psychological Society: “Advice to schools, parents and carers to help children through the uncertainty of school closures”

Anna Freud Centre: contains a section for how schools can support the wellbeing and mental health of children and young people during this period of disruption

Anna Freud Centre: Schools in Mind

Trauma Council Supported and hosted by the Anna Freud Centre

  • Brings together 22 leading experts in research, policy, and practice from all four nations of the UK, to drive positive change in the care and support provided to children and young people who have been exposed to different forms of trauma
  • Childhood trauma and the brain: evidence-based portfolio of latest research
  • Beyond the pandemic: strategic priorities for responding to childhood trauma-a policy statement on coronavirus and its implications for children and young people
  • Research Practice focus: a video on why some bereavement are more difficult for children and young people, and what can help.
  • Website:
  • Emerging evidence series issue 3: highlights some children and young people may be disproportionally affected by the pandemic and it’s mental health impacts.
  • E-Learning
    • Measuring mental wellbeing to improve the lives of children and young people: free interactive short module aimed to demystify and simplify the process of using outcomes and feedback measures to monitor mental wellbeing
  • 5 Steps to Mental Health and Wellbeing Framework: a free evidence-based, whole- school and college approach to mental health and wellbeing

Emerging Minds

  • “Emerging Minds COVID-19 Webinar Series” in collaboration with the Mental Elf.

Explore what research can offer us to help us best support children and young people’s mental health during this time.

Mental Elf Webinar: Back to school lockdown—school reintegration and youth mental health

Mindfulness in Schools Project: provides daily practice of mindfulness online with drop-in sessions that are intended to nourish, support, and connect us with each other through these unprecedented time

University of Reading

The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Nip in the bud

Covid-19 Social Study: interested in the effects of self-isolation

  • 15-minute survey and a 10-minute follow-up survey once a week during self-isolation period
  • Run by University College London (UCL)
  • For people over the age of 18 living in the UK and is completely voluntary (you do not have to take part if you don’t want to)
  • More information:

Co-Space Study

Children’s Feelings and Behaviors (University of York):

  • The purpose—children with SENDs are more likely to experience social and emotional difficulties compared to their unaffected peers. The COVID-19 outbreak presents a more challenging situation for some children with SENDs so aim to understand
    • 1) whether and how children’s and parent’s feelings and behavior change during the COVID019 pandemic and
    • 2) which factors predict these changes in children’s and parent’s feelings and behaviors
    • More information:

Impact of Covid-19 on the experience of pregnancy and early parenthood: this study seeks to learn how Covid-19 and its associated restrictions are impacting the experience of pregnancy and early parenthood. We would therefore like to gain insight from expecting parents and parents with newborn babies living in the UK to learn about how they are feeling and dealing with this crisis.

Outside CAMHS hours you have the 24-hour crisis line, Mental Health Direct

  • Manned evenings, overnight, weekends, and bank holidays by mental health nurses are available who can access our notes to provide the best advice and support at these times: 0300 555 1000.

For immediate life-threatening emergency, unable to keep yourself or others safe or very risky/dangerous situation, you may still need to attend A&E or call an ambulance and/or the Police.