Children and young people

Information for children and young people who are feeling worried or anxious about coronavirus.

You may have heard a lot on the TV and social media about coronavirusĀ  or covid-19. Some of this may be confusing or worrying and these are normal feelings to have as this is a difficult situation for all of us. You might be finding it harder than ever to look after your mental health and wellbeing or you might be worried about your friends. If you are struggling, you are not alone and we have some advice that may help. Please visit the anxiety and resilience section of our website for further support and ideas.

We have included some useful contacts and links below that may provide you with more information and support at this challenging time.

9 tips for dealing with coronavirus anxiety and worry. 1. Limit time on social media and moderate news intake. 2. Talk to friends and family (ideally the calm ones who don't panic.) 3.Try to focus on the things you can control, for example washing your hands. 4. Practice mindfulness and try to be present and accept your emotions. 5Try to live as normally as possible, if you're at home, stick to a daily routine. 6Distract yourself with things you enjoy, for example painting or baking. 7. Prioritise self care by eating well, staying hydrated and sleeping. 8.Read news from trusted sources and seek accurate information. 9. Read books and watch films to get lost in another world.
Tips for dealing with coronavirus anxiety and worry.
If you need support right now then you can contact:

Childline: 0800 11 11

Samaritans: 116 123

Crisis text line: Text SHOUT to 85 25 8

Support can also be found on these websites:

Visit the Mental Health Foundation website

Visit the See Me website – talking about mental health during the coronavirus outbreak

Visit the SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) website

Visit the Togetherall website