Mental health and wellbeing of children and families impacted by COVID 19
In times of difficulty it is normal for children and other family members to have strong reactions such as feeling sad, irritable or confused, having sleeping disorders...
In times of difficulty it is normal for children and other family members to have strong reactions such as feeling sad, irritable or confused, having sleeping disorders, physical reactions and fear of the unknown. Prolonged distress may result in mental health conditions and long-term repercussions on the functioning and coping capacity of both children and caregivers.
Everyone reacts differently. Some parents may immediately develop a new home routine, some may struggle balancing work and home duties. Some children may experience intense sadness or anger, others may be withdrawn or act as if nothing has occurred.
Being a parent is a daily challenge and faced with the realities of COVID 19, social distancing and self-quarantine, it may be a struggle. For parents, the best way to help their children is to firstly take care of themselves. Self-care during these times is not selfish because it enables the caregivers to be there for their children as a stable, calm and soothing parent. This way, parents will also be able to better understand their children and help them feel reassured, relaxed and focused.
One thing that connects us all is that we are all going through this crisis together and doing our best to adapt to the new reality. Focus and dedication on the mental health and wellbeing of children and caregivers is just as important as taking precautions against the virus. We are in this together.
Questions, Answers and Advice for Teenagers:
Every day brings different challenges, and at the moment we all face an extraordinary situation where we have many questions and uncertainties. We have to deal with it together. Do you have questions about the pandemic? Want some advice? Do you feel anxious or confused? Maybe you just want to change your focus and talk to someone. Call 072 912 676 to share anything you want with one of the psychologists who is here for you from 9am to 7pm.
Questions, Answers and Tips for Children:
Dear children, you are probably very curious and have tons of questions about the current situation and the virus. Maybe you're worried about school, missing peer relationships, or missing outdoor play? Maybe you find it weird that you spend all day at home? No matter what you want to share or ask, the Kids Question, Answers and Tips line is open to you! Call 072 912 676 from 9am to 7pm every working day.
Questions and Advice for Parents of Children and Adolescents:
It's easy to get overwhelmed with everything you hear about coronavirus (COVID-19) right now. It is also understandable that your children are upset. Children find it difficult to understand what they see online or on television - or what they hear from other people - so they can be particularly vulnerable to anxiety, stress, and sadness. With school closures and canceled events, many teenagers have been deprived of some of the biggest moments in their young lives.
Have questions about how to talk to your children, how to comfort them or explain something to them? Call 072 912 676 from 9am to 7pm every working day to talk to one of the psychologists who is here for you.
If you have a teenage child, call 072 912 676 from 9am to 7pm every working day to talk to one of the psychologists who is here for you.
Questions, Advice and Answers for Parents of Children with Disabilities:
Being a parent is a daily challenge, but being a parent in a pandemic is an extraordinary challenge that no one is prepared for. It is understandable to feel insecure, to have many questions left unanswered, to feel anxious, at the time when you receive less support than before. Are you interested in specific techniques you could use at home with your child? Or do you have questions about how you handle a particular situation? Maybe you just want to talk to someone and share how you feel. No matter what you want to share or ask, call 072 912 676 from 9am to 7pm every working day to talk to one of the special educators who are here for you.