Healthy Schools: change and loss

Change can be challenging for many, and especially for children and young people who might not have developed effective coping mechanisms yet. The COVID-19 crisis has resulted in increased change and loss that needs to be processed by families. Here are some things that could help.

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Understanding change and loss

  • Watch this 15-minute presentation on Coping with Loss by a local expert from the Haringey Mental Health Support Team (MHST).

    Note for iPhone users and Youtube. There is a known bug with iOS and Youtube, Two buttons are read before the player but provide no functionality. We advise that you skip these to access the content.

  • You can also download the 17 slides that were used in the video below:
  • If you would like more in-depth information, please refer to this 90-minute recording of a session led by the Anna Freud Centre, 5 Steps to Mental Health and Wellbeing.

    Note for iPhone users and Youtube. There is a known bug with iOS and Youtube, Two buttons are read before the player but provide no functionality. We advise that you skip these to access the content.

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Lesson plan

This lesson plan by Public Health England (external link) will help you teach a class about dealing with change. It includes a PowerPoint presentation to show, and activities for in and out of the classroom.

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Supporting children and young people

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Recommended books for children

  • Something Else by Kathryn Cave and Chris Riddell
  • Best of Friends by Shen Roddie and Sally Anne Lambert

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August 18, 2021

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