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Helping children cope with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak

By WHO

Children may respond to stress in different ways such as being more clingy, anxious, withdrawing, angry or agitated, bedwetting etc. Respond to your child’s reactions in a supportive way, listen to their concerns and give them extra love and attention. 

Additional resources : 

1) Caring for Kids in times of crisis *NEW* - University of Wollongong Australia, Early Start

26 March 2020

 https://stand.uow.edu.au/caring-for-kids-in-times-of-crisis/ 

2) Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic 

https://www.childtrends.org/publications/resources-for-supporting-childrens-emotional-well-being-during-the-covid-19-pandemic 

3) Supporting and reassuring children around the world
https://www.mindheart.co/descargables - this short book to support and reassure our children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation. 

4) Mental Health and COVID-19

10 March 2020 – WHO is providing guidance to help people manage fear, stigma and discrimination during COVID-19. In the #AskWHO film below, expert Aiysha Malik answers public
questions about mental health and preventing stress during the outbreak. https://www.pscp.tv/w/1OwxWQboPqDGQ 

5) Briefing Note about MHPSS aspects of COVID-19 - Inter-Agency Standing Committee

4 March 2020 - With inputs from all its member organizations, the IASC MHPSS RG recently finalized a Briefing Note about MHPSS aspects of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This document summarizes key mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) considerations in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak, such as appropriate MHPSS responses, overarching principles and globally recommended activities. 

https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/iasc-reference-group-mental-health-and-psychosocial-support-emergency-settings/briefing-note-about 

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