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Coronavirus Information

Do you have questions or concerns about Coronavirus? The Go-To is here to help. Below we have collated some useful information and websites to help keep young people, families and professionals informed.

For up to date information on the UK Government response to Coronavirus visit gov.uk/coronavirus

If you’ve seriously injured yourself or taken an overdose call 999 or get immediate medical advice from NHS 111. If you are in a crisis and feel like you can’t cope, speak to somebody straight away. Visit our Urgent Help page for contact details for the North Yorkshire all age Crisis Service.

Better Health - Every Mind Matters Campaign

Most families have experienced upheaval in their daily lives during the Coronavirus pandemic. With children and young people now back at school or college, Public Health England has launched its new Better Health – Every Mind Matters Campaign which provides NHS-endorsed tips and advice to help children and young people’s mental wellbeing, and equip parents and carers with the knowledge to support them.

The advice available on the Better Health – Every Mind Matters website has been developed in partnership with leading children and young people’s mental health charities, including Young Minds, The Mix, Place2Be and The Anna Freud Centre. It is designed to help parents and carers spot the signs that children may be struggling with their mental health and support them. In addition to the advice for parents and carers the site also provides tools to help young people build resilience and equips them to look after their mental wellbeing.


NHS’s Top 5 Tips for supporting children and young people’s mental wellbeing as they go back out into the world (please view all tips on the Every Mind Matters website)

1. Be there to listen: Ask the children and young people you look after how they are doing regularly so they get used to speaking about their feelings
2. Stay involved in their life: Show interest in their life and the things that are important to them
3. Support positive routines: Be a positive role model and support positive behaviours including regular bedtime routines, healthy eating and getting active
4. Encourage their interests: Being active, creative, learning things and being a part of a team are all good for mental health. Support children and young people to explore their interests
5. Take what they say seriously: help the children and young people you look after feel valued in what they say and help them work through difficult emotions.

The website also encourages parents to complete a personal ‘Mind Plan’, a quick and free interactive tool offering adults tailored mental wellbeing advice.

Resources for Young People

Covibook – an interactive resource

Covibook is an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under. The resource helps children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic.



Self isolating and dealing with conflict at home

Worried about Coronavirus

The Anna Freud Centre has developed a useful information leaflet for young people who are worried about Coronavirus.

You can find out more about looking after your mental health during Coronavirus by visiting the Anna Freud website.

Advice from Young Minds

Visit the Young Minds website for advice on what to do if you’re anxious about Coronavirus.

Coronavirus and sexual health

Coronavirus has brought a lot of uncertainty into daily life. With lock down and social distancing measures currently in place, it’s particularly important to take care of your mental wellbeing, and this includes your sexual health too.

Here is up to date information on Coronavirus from YorSexual Health.

Also take a look at Brook’s website for sexual health help and services during Coronavirus.


If you think you need emergency contraception, do not delay seeking help. If you have been instructed to self-isolate or have COVID-19 symptoms, call your nearest pharmacy or call YorSexualHealth 01904 721111 for guidance on how to access emergency contraception.

Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC) is classed as a priority service. EHC is free and available through your local pharmacy, or YorSexualHealth. For contact details, visit the North Yorkshire County Council website.

Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) fittings in GP Practices have currently stopped. Effective alternative methods of contraception can be offered through a remote consultation. You can contact your GP Practice for more information.

All GP practices can be contacted to discuss any concerns about new or existing contraception methods.

For more information about sexual health, visit our Sexual Health page.

Leaflet on coping during Covid-19

This Covid-19 leaflet has been designed to help young people and families with coping during Covid-19, with useful tips on how to look after your wellbeing at this time.

Compass BUZZ Worksheets

Compass BUZZ have put together a free set of child friendly resources to facilitate discussions around the Coronavirus, including:

Compass BUZZ on Coronavirus

Compass BUZZ Staying at Home

Compass BUZZ Five Ways to Wellbeing Indoors

Compass BUZZ Coronavirus Acrostic

Advice from Anna Freud NCCF

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families have put together a short YouTube clip with advice for young people about managing their mental health and wellbeing during the Coronavirus situation.

Getting More Help

Talking to family and friends about your worries can help you feel more supported. You might want to talk to someone outside the family like a GP, teacher or mentor at school, or even a friend’s parent. Choose someone you trust and if you find it difficult to talk about how you are feeling, you could write them a letter or send them a text. Support is also available through Childline, Compass BUZZ, Kooth and Recovery College Online.


Childline provides a free and confidential telephone service for children and young people up to the age of 19.

Visit Childline website Call 0800 1111

Compass BUZZ Worksheets

Compass BUZZ offers a confidential text messaging service, called BUZZ US, to young people aged 11-18 across North Yorkshire.

Visit Compass BUZZ website Call 07520 631168


Kooth online counselling is a free, safe and anonymous service for 11-18 year olds where young people can chat 1-2-1 with counsellors.

Visit Kooth website

The Recovery College

Free online courses to help manage worries about the Coronavirus.

Visit the Recovery College Website

Resources for Parents and Carers

Talking to your child about Coronavirus

Find information on how to talk about Coronavirus at the Young Minds website.


Guidance for carers

If you are a carer, visit Carers UK for information on Coronavirus and support available for you and those you look after.

FAQs about Coronavirus for parents

The charity Amaze has worked with the local authority and health services to try and answer some of your most pressing questions about how the Coronavirus outbreak may affect our families.

Home Learning Enhancement

North Yorkshire County Council have produced some information on Home Learning Enhancement for Carers and Parents from the Virtual School

Supporting your child's mental wellbeing in uncertain times

CAMHS providers TEWV provide some ideas on how you can support your child’s mental health during the current pandemic on their website.

Gov guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people's mental health

The Government has produced guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak.



Children’s mental health charity Place2Be has some helpful information to answer questions from children about Coronavirus.

Leaflet on coping during Covid-19

This Covid-19 leaflet has been designed to help young people and families with coping during Covid-19, with useful tips on how to look after your wellbeing at this time.

Wellbeing Wake-up by Compass BUZZ

Compass BUZZ have introduced Wellbeing Wake-up sessions. These are short YouTube videos designed for primary aged children, parents, carers and education staff, promoting positive wellbeing during this time of uncertainty.

Advice from World Health Organisation (WHO)

The World Health Organisation (WHO) have put together some information for helping children cope with stress during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Advice from Anna Freud NCCF

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families have put together a short YouTube clip providing guidance to parents and carers about how they can help children and young people manage their mental health and wellbeing during any disruption caused by the Coronavirus.

Resources for Professionals

Coronavirus and sexual health

The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH)

BASHH has issued guidance on the provision of sexual health services to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance offers options and strategies to services in their effort to maintain access to high quality sexual and reproductive healthcare and HIV care. This guidance has been informed through joint working with national reproductive health partner organisations and will be updated regularly. A page has also been set up on the BASHH website to help provide members with a central resource that can support local responses and contingency planning.

You can download the BASHH guidance on on sex, social distancing and COVID-19 and find out more on the BASHH website.

The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health (FSRH)

FSRH has also issued guidance aimed at healthcare professionals and commissioners on what it considers to be essential sexual and reproductive healthcare (SRH) services that should continue to be provided throughout the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak. The guidance includes recommendations for alleviating pressure on services in primary and community settings and ensuring equitable access for vulnerable and marginalised women. In addition, FSRH has published further guidance on provision of effective contraception during COVID-19 and extended use of LARCs. It has also set up a dedicated COVID-19 hub on its website for professionals working in sexual and reproductive healthcare as well as a SRH professionals peer support page on Facebook to share how others are continuing to deliver SRH services during this time.

Visit the FSRH website to find out more.

For more information about sexual health, take a look at our Sexual Health page.

Online Bereavement Training for Schools

Winston’s Wish offers free online training courses to help teachers and school staff understand how to support grieving children and young people in their school. Sign up to access free online bereavement courses for schools on their website.


Children & Young People's Mental Health Coalition

The Children & Young People’s Mental Health Coalition have produced a briefing document on protecting children and young people’s mental health during Covid-19.

Advice from Anna Freud NCCF

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families have put together a guide to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of pupils and students during periods of disruption.

Watch their short YouTube clip which provides guidance to those working in schools and colleges about how they can help their pupils manage their mental health and wellbeing during any disruption caused by the Coronavirus.

Things you might find useful

Easy read guide to Coronavirus

Download an easy read guide from Public Health England.

Download PDF

Public Health England

Public Health England produce up to date guidance and support on Coronavirus. From information on how to protect yourself, to looking after your health and wellbeing.

Visit Public Health England website

Government support for mental health during Coronavirus

The government outlines plans to provide additional online support during Coronavirus.

Visit gov.uk website

'Hear to Help' community support line

The community support line is available to children, young people and adults, providing support and advice to help people manage their anxiety and emotional wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Download poster Call 01423 856799

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Coronavirus

The North West SEND Regional Network have produced a newsletter (March 2020) listing resources to help support children and young people with SEND during this time of change.

Download newsletter

Coronavirus and resources for mental health and wellbeing

The charity Heads Together have pulled together a list of resources to support mental health and wellbeing during this time of change.

Visit Heads Together website

Grief and Loss Support Service, Harrogate

The Grief and Loss Support Service from West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership offers free help and advice for those experiencing grief and loss.

Download poster Call 0808 196 3833

Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition

Visit the CYPMHC website for helpful information and resources on Coronavirus for young people, parents, carers and professionals.

Visit CYPMHC website


Sudden support children and adults after sudden death including Covid-19.

Visit the Sudden website Call 0800 121 6510

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