Health and Wellbeing

This page is for guidance about mental health and coping strategies, which could be beneficial to children and parents during this uncertain time.

Updated 11.10.2020

Please see below for information on support for families in North West Edinburgh:

Support for Families NW Autumn 2020

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Updated 25.5.2020

The NHS has released some free online courses titled ‘Understanding Your Child (0-19 years)’ and ‘Understanding Your Teenagers’ Brain (short course)’. If you are interested, the details are below, along with the log in details.

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City of Edinburgh Psychological Service has also released some guidance titled ‘Supporting Children and Young People with Loss, Change and Bereavement.’ Please see below for further information:

One page summary – Loss and Bereavement

Parent Guidance – Supporting children with loss change and bereavement


Updated 3.5.2020

Nosy crow has released a free information book which explains the coronavirus to children. It is well researched and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the illustrator of The Gruffalo. Here is the link to the book:

Information Book

There is also a new series of guided self help booklets which have been published to support children:

Self help booklets


Updated 26.4.2020

Edinburgh Learns have released some guidance for supporting learners at home:

Supporting Children and Young People at Home During School Closures (Learning)

Being at Home During School Closures – Advice for Learners (Learning)

We hope you find both documents helpful.


Updated 23.4.2020

Edinburgh Council has released a support document for families in Edinburgh:

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Seasons for Growth has also provided a toolkit for self care:

SFG Toolkit Selfcare Times Uncertainty COVID19 UK Email


Updated 22.4.2020

In this seven minute video, Nicola Sturgeon answers children’s questions about the coronavirus and explains what is going on in child friendly speak:

Here is some information which may help parents or carers who are finding increased anxiety levels:

Wellbeing Space Online

Anxiety Management Drop-in Online