This course has been developed for everyone in response to the global Coronavirus pandemic.
There is information about how to avoid catching/spreading the virus, what immediate feelings you may have and common reactions, managing your mental health at this time, managing isolation and social distancing, self-care, supporting children and young people and some accessible information.
The course is free to access for everyone. Click on the above image to begin.
Click the image above to access our free online course which has been written for children aged 7-12 as a way of learning about the global COVID-19 pandemic.
They will learn helpful information about what the new virus is, how to stay healthy and do their best not to pass it on, how they might feel about it, things to do at home and how they can help yourselves.
Tips on managing worries about the coronavirus
The arrival and spread of a new virus (COVID-19), also known as Coronavirus, affecting the health of our population is a cause for concern for many of us.
This worry may impact on our mental health and our behaviour. Understanding our reactions and what we can do to live well through this time can help.
Our body’s automatic survival reactions will kick in and we may react in unexpected ways, e.g. feel helpless, feel angry, feel selfish, hide away, denial and disbelief, have intrusive scary thoughts of the future, feel protective of others, or make jokes about it.
Watching news at every opportunity
Hiding away from others
Talking and thinking about it a lot
Seek alternative cures
What can help in a crisis situation
Try to focus on the small necessary activities of daily living. Sleep and rest. Establish a routine. Eat well. Take a walk.
Stay connected to people in ways that are possible. Use social media and phone calls instead of face to face if you are in isolation. Share your worries if you want. If not, talk to people about everyday things.
Do things that you enjoy each day.
Organise things for your family and community so people know they can rely on others.
Follow government and world health organisation advice on avoiding spreading the virus, especially to vulnerable people, and in caring for yourself when ill.
How to support someone you know
Connect: The person may need time to be alone but keep trying to connect with them on social media and organise for them to have what they need.
Listen: to their worries but don’t fuel them.
Ask: don’t assume what they need. It might be different from what we think.