Children, young people and caregivers

Resources for children, young people and caregivers during COVID-19

The national response to COVID-19 has meant major changes to routines for children, young people and caregivers. The following resources can help.

Useful websites

Sparklers

The sparklers website is usually a wellbeing tool for classrooms, but during the pandemic they've made lots of resources available to help families thrive at home. 

Visit sparklers.org (external website)

Orange Tamariki Ministry for Children

The Ministry for Children has brought together information and resources for caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visit the Orange Tamariki website (external website)

Aroha ChatBot

The Aroha ChatBot is a mental wellbeing chatbot for young people that helps support wellness. 

Check out the Aroha ChatBot (external website)

Helpful articles

The following articles give helpful tips and advice for helping children and young people cope during the pandemic:

How teenagers can protect their mental health during COVID-19 (external website)
Childmind.org Talking to kids about the coronavirus (external website)
Coping skills for kids article (external website)
Kidshealth.org coping with worry and anxiety about COVID-19  (external website)
Download a list of helpful RNZ articles about kids at home (PDF, 176 KB, 1 pages)

Tools to help with talking to your children about COVID-19

Download the following resources to support conversations with children about COVID-19:

Helping children manage stress and anxiety

Download the following resources to help children manage stress and anxiety:

Supporting mental wellbeing during the COVID-19 response

Discover organisations that have resources to help support the mental health of you and your whānau during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

The Mental Health Foundation has gathered together important information to help people living with mental illness through this difficult time.

Read the Mental Health Foundation's guidelines for looking after mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19 (external website)

Victim Support

Victim Support is committed to minimising the impact of COVID-19 on their services for anyone affected by crime, trauma, or suicide. They're an essential service and their contact service is providing services as usual.

Find out more about contacting Victim Support during the COVID-19 restrictions (external website)

MidCentral Mental Health and Addiction services

Find out more information about MidCentral DHB's mental health and addiction services via the link below. 

View the MidCentral Health Mental Health & Addictions Services Map and Directory (PDF, 7.7 MB, 68 pages)

Ministry of Health resources

The Ministry of Health has a directory of information and tools to support your mental wellbeing during the COVID-19 response.

View the Ministry of Health's mental health and wellbeing resources (external website)

Websites for mental distress or addiction issues

Blueprint for Learning has compiled a list of websites to provide support for anyone experiencing mental distress or addiction issues.

View Blueprint for Learning's list of helpful websites (external website)

World Health Organisation

The World Health Organization (WHO) provides international guidelines for mental health and psychosocial considerations. They share messages for the general public, healthcare workers, people caring for others, managers, people in isolation and those with underlying health conditions.

Download the World Health Organisation guidelines (external website)

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