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How to cope with children’s anxiety linked to the COVID-19 pandemic
The world is going through a challenging time at the moment, with information about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the increasing death toll coming daily, even hourly. This can be very unsettling for many children and also for their parents.
The readiness of information provided by 24-hour news coverage and social media means that children are closer to bereavement and loss than ever before. As a result, children and young people may have increased worries about family members who are living with serious illness or if they are recently bereaved. Talking with them about their worries and dispelling some of the myths about the virus can help them to feel more secure.
If your child or children have worries about the coronavirus outbreak, there are lots of things you can do to support them.
Check out the video at the bottom of this page, where our 565 Service counsellors discuss their favourite books which are suitable for helping children understand loss and bereavement.