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Taking to children and young people about the coronavirus

Page last reviewed 11/07/2022

Advice and Guidance

The following organisations offer tips and advice about supporting and talking to your child/young person about the coronavirus. Just click on their links to access their webpages:

Young Minds - Talking to your child about Coronavirus.

Health for Teens - Find information, support and advice around the coronavirus.

Place2Be - Coronavirus: Helpful information to answer questions from children.

Easy Read Guides - You can access a range of easy read guides around the coronavirus.

Video to explain the coronavirus to children 

Children's Commissioner -  Children's guide to Coronavirus

You can read the guide here or by clicking on the image below:

Children’s Commissioner Guide to coronavirus’

Mental health support for children and young people

Page last reviewed 11/07/2022

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health can be found on the NHS website Looking after a child or young person's mental health

NHS - dealing with a mental health crisis, emergency and non-urgent support

If you are worried about your child or young person’s mental health. Seek help from a professional.

In a medical emergency call 999. This phone line should be used when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk. A mental health emergency should be taken as seriously as a physical health emergency. For more advice on where to get support for a mental health crisis go to the NHS website

You can also contact your GP surgery and ask for an emergency appointment. In a crisis, you should be offered an appointment with the first available doctor.

You can call NHS 111 if you or someone you know needs urgent care, but it's not life threatening.

For example:

  • if you have an existing mental health problem and your symptoms get worse
  • if you experience a mental health problem for the first time
  • if someone has self-harmed but it does not appear to be life threatening, or they're talking about wanting to self-harm

Other Local Support

NottAlone is a website with local mental health advice and help for young people in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. 

You can read a guide on mental health services for young people in Nottinghamshire here or by clicking on the image below:

Information, advice and support for parents/carers

Page last reviewed 11/07/2022

Please click on the links for organisations who can offer a range of information, advice and support for parents/carers around the coronavirus and wellbeing whilst staying at home:

Carer Support

Carers UK - Support and advice for carers, including answers to frequently asked questions about coronavirus. 

Bereavement Support

The links below providelinks to sources of bereavement support including accessible resources to support communicating death to people with learning disabilities and autism:

Mental Health and Wellbeing

NHS Mental health support for a range of conditions, disabilities and situations.

MIND - Coronavirus and your wellbeing - Advice if you are worried and anxious about coronavirus on things that you can try that could help your wellbeing.

The Samaritans - Offer guidance if you are worried about your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak. They also offer a free helpline 24 hours a day if you need to talk to someone.

Mental Heath Helplines:

0300 555 0730 9am-11pm 7 days/week



Crisis Phone Line Mental health




Useful SEND Contacts for Information, Advice and Resources

Page last reviewed 11/07/2022

Here are useful contacts specifically for families with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Just click on the links below, which will take you to their websites or use the contact details to get in touch:

ASK US Nottinghamshire 

Provide a free, confidential Information, Advice and Support Service, to give impartial advice, information and support across education, health and social care issues to parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) living in the area. 

Contact details: Helpline 0800 121 7772 (open 24 hours a day - You can leave a message and an Adviser will get back to you within two working days where possible).

Council for Disabled Children

The best way to contact is to email  Alternatively, you can leave a voice message on 020 7843 6000.

Contact (for Families with Disabled Children)

Call their free helpline 0808 808 3555 or email:

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