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Mental health during lockdown: Be the adult that your child needs

Our young people’s mental health is on the line during the coronavirus lockdown. Dr Pooky Knightsmith discusses four things your pupils need to feel right now – and some simple ideas for making that happen

At a time when everything feels uncertain, children of all ages are looking to the adults in their lives for guidance and reassurance. That can be difficult when we are also struggling to come to terms with a new normal and have no idea quite what the future holds.

However, there are simple steps we can take to support the children in our care and protect their wellbeing – and a knock-on benefit is that many of these types of activities will make us feel better in turn.

More than anything right now, children need to feel comforted. That can be difficult especially if you are working remotely, but there are simple things you can do.

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