Resources to help talk to children and young people about Coronavirus

Young children

Coronavirus: a book for children

Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler created a book for children based on Coronavirus to help aid their worries. The book is aimed at 5 to 9 year olds.

Dave the dog is worried about Coronavirus

A Southampton intensive care nurse has created a book to help reduce anxiety in children caused by the Coronavirus outbreak. The book for children and aims to give information without fear. This book aims to open up the conversation about coronavirus and some of the things they might be hearing about it and provide truthful information in a reassuring and child friendly manner

Mind health @ Home

A booklet by Liverpool Mental Health Support Teams, and city partners as part of Liverpool’s Whole School Approach to Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Looking after your family’s emotional wellbeing at home

Children’s guide to coronavirus

Children’s Commissioner guide that aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home

Child Bereavement Network

Guides on how to support children during bereavement caused by Coronavirus and bereavement support services



How to talk to teens about the new coronavirus

A blog from Harvard health publishing looking at how to talk to teenagers about worries and concerns from Coronavirus


All ages

Children’s Society

A hub or resources and information about different mental health issues around Coronavirus

Coronavirus support hub

TES have collated all their Coronavirus resources, guide to talking to students and news on one page

 Coronavirus: wellbeing activity ideas for schools

Place to Be children’s wellbeing charity have provided activities that will help with young people’s wellbeing around coronavirus worries

 Advice on talking to children about illness

The Division of Clinical Psychology’s Faculty for Children, Young People and their Families (CYPF) has published tips for talking to children about illness, in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Supporting schools & colleges A guide to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of pupils and students during periods of disruption

A guide by the Anna Freud Centre to support teachers to have a whole-school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing.

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Public Health England have produced a guide with advice to help adults with caring responsibilities look after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people, including those with additional needs and disabilities, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Ten tips from our Parents Helpline

10 tips from Young Minds in talking to young people about the Coronavirus epidemic