TIS-UK is committed to supporting and developing mentally healthy cultures in schools and other organisations, informed by trauma informed practice and the power of an emotionally available adult to buffer the impact of childhood adversity. There are a range of Covid-19 support resources for parents, schools and settings on their site.
Safe Hands, Thinking Minds is the website of Dr Karen Treisman , a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the National Health System and children’s services for several years. There are a wide range of resources here to support children and adults around anxiety, worry, stress, and fears; including specific Coronavirus (Covid-19) resources (this page will be updated on a very regular basis so you can keep checking it for new entries).
Beacon House develop freely available resources so that knowledge about the repair of trauma and adversity is in the hands of those who need it and has some specially adapted for Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation. You can use these resources in your home or work setting.
This blog is aimed at professionals but the activities between adult and child can be used by teachers and parents to ensure that children feel safe and connected in these difficult times.
Online and telephone support for education staff from the charity Education Support with some clear infographics about maintaining mental health in challenging times.
This resource pack from Twinkl includes a bank of resources for school staff to support their own mental health and wellbeing, and that of others, during challenging times, as well as everyday. Use code CVDTWINKLHELPS to access the staff wellbeing hub for free.
Dr Karen Treisman talks about how we need to reflect that we may currently be operating in survival modes and that the challenges of Coronavirus (Covid-19) may cause past traumas to resurface 'Covid19- falling down a memory timehole'.
This Australian site provides guidance on offering mutual support through empathic listening. "Just listening for Covid-19". Connecting emotionally with others at this time is a way to feel deeply listened to. We can then begin to understand our common emotional distress and find hope and meaning in mutuality. 'Emotional distress around COVID-19 is not a 'mental illness': It is an understandable and common human experience'"
This comprehensive, free-to-access training tool has been created by Child Bereavement UK for staff in schools, to help develop their understanding, skills and confidence in supporting pupils and their families when they experience a bereavement.
The Red Cross has created a 'Kindness Calendar' resource for both primary and secondary aged children as during this global pandemic small acts of kindness make a big difference and help children gain a sense of stability and resilience.