The long-term follow up team and their psychology experts at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London have kindly agreed to share their mental wellbeing resources with our young aplastic anaemia patient community members and their families. They have come across these resources in their work with families and have found them to be helpful.

How do you explain Coronavirus to a child?

We know that the current global pandemic is a worrying time for everyone, especially for families that might be shielding a family member with aplastic anaemia. Talking about how we feel and are coping during these difficult times is very important, particularly for children.

Coronavirus: A Book for Children has been published by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Alex Scheffler who is famous for his wonderful illustrations in books like The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Stick Man. The book explores issues that families may be experiencing in an honest and accessible way. It draws on expert advice from a child psychologist and a professor from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

As well as being real and honest, the book gives a message of hope which is really important for children (and adults!) during these uncertain times. The book is available to download for free and you can view it here. We hope you find it a useful resource to share with your family.

Supporting a child/young person’s understanding of COVID-19

Some useful links:

You may also find these resources useful:

Supporting your child’s coping: advice for parents

The coronavirus outbreak is a new experience for us all and some may be finding the situation stressful or worrying. The resources below provide some tips and information about supporting your child’s coping at this time.

Some useful links:

For parents of older children/teenagers:

  • Supporting your teen during Coronavirus from Mind
  • Supporting teens and young adults during the C-19 pandemic

Resources for young people to help them cope

The resources below are for children and young people to access, many of which have been specifically created to support children and young people at this time.

For older children and teenagers: