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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In these uncertain times, you may find it difficult talking to children and young people about coronavirus (COVID-19) or need to know what the latest national guidelines are. Take a look below at the resources we have pulled together from various trusted sources.


An overview of coronavirus - NHS

Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK - Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England (updated daily)

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do - Cabinet Office

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance - Public Health England

COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing - Public Health England

COVID-19: guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people - Public Health England

COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable - Public Health England

Caring for people at highest clinical risk from COVID-19 - NHS England

Mental health and coping during coronavirus - World Health Organisation

Guidance and helpline for parents, young people and staff - National Autistic Society

Information about coronavirus - Mencap

Personal mental health and managing children and young people's mental health and anxiety - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

NHSX advice on moving from face to face contacts to online options

COVID-19 daily bulletin (24 March) - Lancashire County Council

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence)

BPS guidance - The British Psychological Society

Advice on the coronavirus for places of education - Public Health England

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings - GOV.UK

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers - GOV.UK

Resources and self-help

Collection of resources - CAMHS

Watch videos in our coronavirus playlist - YouTube

Free access to wellbeing apps for all NHS staff - NHS Employers

Wellbeing support helpline for NHS staff - 0300 131 7000, available from 7am to 11pm, seven days a week, providing confidential listening from trained professionals and specialist advice, including coaching, bereavement care, mental health and financial help. There is also a 24/7 text alternative to the above helpline - simply text FRONTLINE to 85258.

Supporting young people's mental health in times of disruption - Anna Freud

Mental health considerations in COVID-19 - World Health Organization

Help children cope with stress during the COVID-19 outbreak - World Health Organization

Supporting mental health whilst home working - My Whole Self

E-learning: Coping during the pandemic - Online Recovery College

Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak - Mental Health Foundation

Look after your mental health and wellbeing if you are staying home - Mental Health Foundation

Coronavirus resources - Liverpool CAMHS

Talking to children about coronavirus - British Psychological Society

Re:fresh your health and wellbeing - Blackburn with Darwen Council

Links and tips for the PDA community during the Coronavirus pandemic  - PDA Society

What does Lancashire Emotional Health in schools and colleges do? - LEHSS

Responding to the coronavirus: resources for mental health and wellbeing - Heads Together

Helpful tools for schools supporting a child with separation anxiety - School Wellbeing Service

Supporting Children with Learning Disability/ASD Coping with COVID-19 Isolation - Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak - GOV.UK

Living through lockdown - Emerging Minds

Living through lockdown webinar - Emerging Minds YouTube

COVID-19 response: resources - Emerging Minds

Resources to boost your child's wellbeing during the Covid-19 lockdown - Partnership for Children

Links to Learning - Edge Hill University

7 ways to support children and young people who are worried - Anna Freud Centre

School Zone - Public Health England

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - getting back to school - Cumbria County Council

Tip for communicating with deaf children and young people during lockdown - National Deaf Children's Society

Service updates


Information and advice about coronavirus and how it affects our services - Lancashire County Council

Children and Family Wellbeing Service Offer Special Edition; During the COVID-19 Pandemic Period - Lancashire County Council

Lancashire Emotional Health in Schools and Colleges: Online Offer - Lancashire County Council

Bereavement advice and support - Lancashire and South Cumbria

Central Lancashire

CAMHS support (Preston and Chorley & South Ribble) to families during the COVID-19 outbreak - Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

Pennine Lancashire

Service updates (including CAMHS) - Pennine Lancashire

Child Psychology Service support (Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire) to families during the COVID-19 outbreak - Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

Children and Young People's Emotional Health and Wellbeing Directory of Services - Healthier Pennine Lancashire

Affected sessions across Pennine Lancashire - Action for ASD

Children’s Service Online Support & Information - Action for ASD

Fylde Coast

CASHER support during the coronavirus outbreak - Blackpool Teaching Hospitals

CAMHS support (Blackpool) to families during the COVID-19 outbreak - Blackpool Teaching Hospitals

CAMHS COVID-19 booklet - Blackpool Teaching Hospitals

CAMHS support (Fylde & Wyre) to families and Child Psychology Service (Fylde & Wyre and Blackpool) during the COVID-19 outbreak - Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

Children and young people’s primary mental health care message in support of COVID-19 - Fylde Coast

Coronavirus Kindness Hubs - Blackpool Council

COVID-19 statement - Blackpool Carers Centre

COVID-19 update - Achieve Change and Engagement (ACE)

Youtherapy support to clients and families during the COVID-19 outbreak - Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

South Cumbria

CAMHS support to children, young people and their families during the COVID-19 outbreak - Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

Emotional Health and Wellbeing Support Services - South Cumbria

National/Other areas

Guidance and helpline for parents, young people and staff - National Autistic Society

Telephone: 0808 808 1677

Click on the tiles below to access information, guidance and resources about each topic. 

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This section has been set up to support professionals working with children and young people in an education setting. The information has been provided by Primary Mental Health Workers (PMHWs) from across Lancashire and South Cumbria.

The PMHW Service aims to promote inter-agency work across all sectors including schools, GP practices, Early Support and Voluntary Service Providers. PMHWs are a point of contact within the CAMHS team, offering support and advice regarding the emotional wellbeing of children and young people (CYP). They can offer advice on referrals, implement pathways of support and provide information about other services available to CYP.

There are training courses specific to individual topics available from the pages below, but you may also find these courses, which cover a wider range of topics, useful too. 

In each of the topic pages below, you can:

  • Find information and guidance about that topic, to learn more about it.
  • Use the lists of apps, videos and books to learn more about the topic or to show/recommend to CYP and their families.
  • Utilise the e-resources that are split into 3 sections: 1. Tools and resources that you can use to support CYP e.g. in the school/classroom. 2. Self-help materials that you can share with CYP you work with and their families. 3. Lists of online places where you can signpost CYP, parents/carers/families to for support.
  • Discover what training is available in your area.
  • Email your local PMHW for further help or advice.

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