Children and teenagers might be experiencing a range of emotions because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Below are a range of tools and resources for parents and carers to support their children in navigating the challenges and experiences that may arise due to the pandemic.

Good Thinking's guide for parents
Providing a guide for parents and carers as well as a range of resources for children.

London’s digital mental wellbeing service, Good Thinking, has made a handy guide for parents to help guide their children through uncertain times.

They have also brought together a collection of resources to do with children to help them manage their wellbeing.

World Book Day 2021
Two book readings for young children and parents on Thursday, 4 March at 10am

To mark World Book Day 2021, Thrive LDN is delighted to be working with the authors and illustrators of Chicken Legs’ Arroyo and Ruby’s Worry to bring together a double book reading.

The two stories are designed to support young children (aged 3 – 7 years old) and parents discuss childhood worries and anxieties, no matter how big or small they may be.

The book readings are available to watch below. And you can find more information on our World Book Day page.

Support for parents by parents – new workshops
The coronavirus pandemic has been tough for parents. Home schooling, home working or no working, restrictions on going out, and on children getting together with their friends – all have heaped additional stress on families.

Thrive LDN has got together with parenting programme Empowering Parents Empowering Communities (EPEC) for a series of workshops to help support parents of children aged 2-11 years old.

EPEC is led by parents for parents, and runs groups across the UK. For these London sessions they have developed two series of three workshops. If parents prefer, they can take single workshops, each lasting 90 minutes, covering just one of the issues, such as looking after yourself as a parent, or positive communication at home.

Parenting workshops

The workshops will run on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday afternoons during March on Zoom, starting on Tuesday, 2 March.

The workshops are designed to help parents better understand their children’s behaviour and feelings, support their emotional wellbeing, and find fun and play in stressful times. They will be interactive, and parents will have the opportunity to share and learn from each other, as well as from the parent group leaders.

To register and find out more details complete the following online form: EPEC Parent Workshops.

Facebook Live events

There will also be two Facebook live events, at 10am on Tuesday, 23 March and 1.30pm on Wednesday, 24 March, which will focus on topics which come out of the workshops. Sign up for the Facebook live events  via the CPCS Facebook page.

Five top tips on preparing children for a return to school
Thrive LDN in partnership with MIND West London has produced a series of short videos to support young people, education staff, and parents as they returned to school and college in September 2020.

The videos are produced by London’s Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructors and other partners whose roles include supporting the mental health and wellbeing of young people. The platform also hosts existing videos that promote the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.

 

In this video, Stacey Edmead discusses 5 top tips for parents and carers for parents who may be thinking about ways of preparing their child return to school.

Building resilience in students through a whole school approach

In this video, Catherine Hutchinson discusses resilience and how schools can build resilience in their students through a whole school approach.

Eating disorders and reaching out for support

In this video, Hope Virgo discusses eating disorders and reaching out for support.

Racism and mental health

In this video, Natalie Hardie discusses how education staff can support young people affected by the Back Lives Matter movement.

Looking after yourself and your friends

In this video Stephanie Kamara talks about self-care using social media platform as analogies.