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What schools can do to help families, children and young people during the coronavirus pandemic

This article was originally published by Be You.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education in Australia has been significant. However, schools can continue to help families and children in a variety of ways.

Communicate with families

Take a coordinated approach with families to supporting children and young people’s mental health. The World Health Organization has developed a flyer on Helping children cope with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak, while the Raising Children and Emerging Minds websites also have information that could be distributed to families.

Promote mental health action plans

Maintaining mental health during this time may be a challenge given precautions against coronavirus are changing so many aspects of our lives. Encourage children and young people to manage their stress levels by using positive self-talk, exercise, healthy eating, connection with their friends, and finding ways to enjoy themselves.

The headspace website offers tips on How to cope with stress related to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and has a downloadable healthy headspace action plan for young people. The Be You website explains how you can practise mindfulness in the classroom , and the Smiling Mind app has daily meditations and mindfulness exercises for children and young people.

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