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Additional resources

Below are links to youth and mental health resources that you may find useful for further support. Other relevant courses UEA has recently opened up their original anxiety course Youth …

Course summary

Anxiety is normal. Anxiety itself is not a medical condition but a natural emotion that is vital for survival when an individual find’s themselves facing danger. An anxiety disorder develops …

Talk about COVID

It is important to talk to children about the current situation. You need to be available to speak to them. Silence and secrets do not protect our children so it …

Keeping children safe

Children and teens are spending a lot more time online. Being connected can help to reduce the impact of COVID-19. They are able to speak with friends, attend online learning …

Structure or routine

COVID-19 has taken away our normal daily routine of home, work and school or college. This is hard for all the family and making new routines can help. How to …

Keeping calm and managing stress

COVID-19 is a stressful time. It is important to take care of yourself so you can support your children. Here a a few things to consider in order to manage …

Being a positive parent

It is hard sometimes to feel positive when our children are challenging. Children are more likely to do as we ask if we give them lots of praise for what …

Changing thought patterns

Unwanted thoughts can distract us from the bigger picture and affect our mental state. Below are some steps you can take if you want to change thought patterns that may …

Some common cognitive distortions

In this step we will look at twelve common cognitive distortions and how they may affect people in different ways. All-or-Nothing Thinking (Black-and-White Thinking) is seen in statements that use …

Cognitive distortions

As we have already seen, anxiety is a combination of thoughts, feelings and behaviour, with each effecting the other. Cognitive distortions or ‘unhelpful thinking styles’ are ways that our thoughts …

Selective mutism (SM)

Selective Mutism (SM) is a serve anxiety disorder which prevents those affected from speaking in certain situations, such as at school or in public. A child with selective mutism does …

Things you can do

There are a number of practical things you can do as a parent to help reassure young people during this difficult time. Below are a few examples to assist you. …

Approaching fears

During times of stress and crisis, it is common for children to seek more attachment and be more demanding of parents. Discuss the COVID-19 with your children in an honest …

Spending time

The job of being a parent comes with many challenges even without COVID-19 so it is important to set aside time with children. It doesn’t have to be a specific …

Dealing with fear

First, process your own fears and make sure that you are calmly interacting with your child. The primary factor in recovery from a traumatic event and anxiety is the presence …