Here is a selection of resources for both parents and children to help with overall wellbeing. We have covered the topics that parents come to us most often for help, both for their children and themselves. We have expanded the list of coronavirus resources but also included tips on how to prepare your child to come back to school in September.

Coronavirus specific support







BBC Newsround – daily news updates in a child friendly way











Animated stories for children


The Stay Home Superheroes


Time to come in Bear – The World caught a cold. 



Be a Coronavirus Fighter



Online activity resources:








Books to download: 


Explaining the Coronavirus



Dave the Dog is worried about coronavirus



My Hero is You



Supporting Children at Home




Back to school support 










Wellbeing Support for Adults


Mental health UK



Every Mind Matters






Mind for better mental health: 




Heads Together



Samaritans UK 


Free Call 24/7: 116 123

Email 24 Hour response time: jo@samaritans.org

Other Support Groups


Devon Domestic Abuse Support

Call 0345 1551074




Local Domestic Abuse Support - SASHA

Call 07399564517 (Sun/Tues/Thurs 7-9 pm and Tues/Thurs/Fri 10am-3pm)




National Domestic Abuse Support

Call 0808 2000 247



Guidance for people without English as a first language


Citizens Advice

Call 03444 111 444



General support for parents


Anxiety resources:

Books for children:


Keep-Calm Guru: Wise Ways for Children to Regulate their emotions and Senses  by Lauren Brukner

ISBN 978-1-78592-7140


The Panicosaurus: Managing Anxiety in Children Including Those with Asperger Syndrome by K.I  Al-Gahni  

ISBN 978-1-84905-356-3


Starving the Anxiety Gremlin by Kate Collins-Donnelly 

ISBN 978-1-84905-341-9


The Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside 

ISBN 978-0- 34090-317-9


What to do When You Worry too Much: A kids guide to Overcoming Anxiety by Dawn Huebner

ISBN 1-59147-314-4


When My Worries Get Too Big!: A Relaxation Book for Children Who live with Anxiety by Kari Dunn Buron

ISBN 978-1-93747-380-8


The Panic Book by Neil Phillips

ISBN 0-9585604-20


Useful Websites










Young Devon Wellbeing Toolkit 



https://www.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/archives/9910 - supporting children who are anxious (Nip in the bud short film)








There are also some parenting programmes that teach parents of anxious children how to overcome their anxieties. The two programmes below are based on Cognitive Behaviour Techniques which are the preferred treatment used by CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services). They tend to work with children when their anxieties are having a debilitating effect on their day to day living. A CAMHS referral can be made through your GP, School nurse or school. Evidence that you have tried to support your child by teaching them strategies to relax could add weight to your referral.

Parent Lead Treatment Programmes:


From Timid to Tiger

For parenting the anxious child

Sam Cartwright-Hatton, Ben Laskey, Stewart Rust and Deborah McNally


Overcoming your child’s fears and worries

A guide for parents using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques

Cathy Creswell and Lucy Willetts


Grief Resources:

Reading for parents:

When Children Grieve: 

For Adults to Help Children Deal with Death, Divorce, Pet Loss, Moving, and Other Losses by John W. James, Russell Friedman, Leslie Matthews 

ISBN 0-06-008429-4


Bereaved Children and Teens. 

A Support Guide for Parents and Professionals by Earl A. Grollman

ISBN 0-8070-2307-8


Helping Children with Loss by Margot Sunderland

ISBN: 978-0-8638-8471-9


Reading for children:

Michael Rosen’s Sad Book by Michael Rosen and Quentin Blake

ISBN 978-0-7445-9898-8


Muddles, Puddles and Sunshine

Your Activity Book to Help when someone dies by Diana Crossley and Kate Sheppard

ISBN 978-1-903458-96-9


Badgers Parting gifts by Susan Varley

ISBN 978-1-84939-931-9


Always and Forever by Debi Gliori and Alan Durant

ISBN 978-0-552-567637


The Day the Sea Went Out and Never Came Back: 

A Story for Children Who Have Lost Someone They Love: 2 (Helping Children with Feelings) by Margot Sunderland and Nicky Armstrong

ISBN 978-0-8638-8463-4


The Invisible String by Patrice Karst and Geoff Stevenson

ISBN 978-0-87516-734-3

Useful Websites:








Resources for Family Resilience:

Books for Parents:

Developing Resilience by Michael Neenan

ISBN: 978-0-4157-9-291-0

The Yes Brain : How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child by Daniel J. Siegel

ISBN: 978-0-3995-9-466-3

Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby’s Braiby Sue Gerhardt

ISBN: 978-0-4158-7-053-5

Building Resilience in Children and Teens : Giving Kids Roots and Wings by Kenneth R. Ginsburg

ISBN: 978-1-5811-0-866-8


Books for Children:

Ricky the Rock that Couldn’t Roll by Jay Miletsky and Erin Wosniak

ISBN: 978-0-5781-9-803-3

After the Fall How Humpty Dumpty got Up Again by Dan Santat

ISBN: 978-1-6267-2-682-6

The Bad Seed by Jory John and Pete Oswald

ISBN: 978-0-3992-5-537-3

Even Superheros have bad days by Shelly Becker and Eda Kaban

ISBN: 978-1-4549-1-394-8

Love by Matt de la Pena and Lauren Long

ISBN: 978-1-5247-4-091-7

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

ISBN: 978-1-554537-0-44


Ruby and the Rubbish Bin (Helping Children with Feelings) by Margot Sunderland and Nicky Armstrong

ISBN 978-0-8638-8-462-7

Useful Websites:







Self Esteem resources:

Books for parents:

Helping Children Who Think They Are Worthless by Margot Sunderland and Nicky Armstrong

ISBN: 860-1-4062-7-045-9

Banish Your Self-Esteem Thief: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Building Positive Self-esteem for Young People (Gremlin and Thief CBT Workbooks) by Kate Collins-Donnelly

ISBN:  978-1849054621

Helping Children with Low Self-Esteem by Margot Sunderland

ISBN: 978-0-8638-847-0-2

Books for Children:

Helping Children to Build Self Esteem A photocopiable activities book by Deborah M. Plummer and Alice Harper

ISBN: 978-1-8431-0-488-9

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?  A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud and David Messing

ISBN: 978-0-9960-999-3-6

Giraffes Can't Dance Board book by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

ISBN: 978-0-545-39255-6

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

ISBN: 978 1-5545-370-4-4

Being Me: A Kid's Guide to Boosting Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem by Wendy L. Moss

ISBN 978-1433808845

Self-Kindness For Kids: Whizzo-Voice To The Rescue! By Fiona Forman

ISBN: 978-1-9069-2698-4


Useful Websites:













Anger resources:

Reading for parents:

Starving the Anger Gremlin 

A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Book on Anger Management for Young People by Kate Collins-Donnelly

ISBN: 978-1-84905-286-3

Working with Anger and Young People by Nick Luxmoore

ISBN: 978-1-84310-466-7


Little Volcanoes 

Helping Young Children and Their Parents Deal with Anger by Warick Pudney and Elaine Whitehouse

ISBN: 978-1-84905-217-7


Helping Children Locked in Rage or Hate by Margot Sunderland

ISBN: 978 -0-86388-465-8

What to Do When Your Temper Flares: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Problems with Anger by Dawn Huebner and Bonnie Matthews

ISBN: 978-1-433801-34-1

Stay Cool and In Control with the Keep-Calm Guru: Wise Ways for Children to Regulate their Emotions and Senses by Lauren Brukner

ISBN: 978-1-785927-1-40

The Red Beast. Controlling Anger in Children with Asperger’s Syndrome by K.I Al-Ghani and Haitham Al-Ghani

ISBN: 978-1-84310-943-3




Reading for children:

A volcano in my tummy: 

Helping children to handle anger by Elaine Whitehouse and Warick Pudney

ISBN: 978-0-8657-1-3499


Take Charge of Anger: Kids Can Cope by Gill Hasson

ISBN: 978-1-6319-845-7-0


Mad isn’t Bad: 

A child’s book about anger (Elf-help book for kids) by Michaelene Mundy and R.W. Alley

ISBN: 978-1-4976-8302-0

Everybody Feels ANGRY by Jane Bingham

ISBN: 978-1-78171-616-8

How to Take the Grrrr Out of Anger (Laugh & Learn) by Elizabeth Verdick and Marjorie Lisovskis

ISBN: 978-1-5754-249-4-1

Feeling Angry (Everyday Feelings) by Katie Douglass and Mike Gordon

ISBN 978-1-526300-1-57

Hello Happy! Mindful Kids: An activity book for young people who sometimes feel sad or angry by Stephanie Clarkson and Katie Abey

ISBN: 978-1-7837-089-9-4

Useful websites:










Resources for Sibling Rivalry:

Books for Parents:

How to Prevent and Manage Sibling Rivalry Amongst Brothers by David Leads

ISBN: 978-1-5027-658-7-1

Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

ISBN: 978-0-3933-422-1-5

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk Paperback by Adele Faber  and Elaine Mazlish  

ISBN: 978-1-8481-230-9-0

Calm Parents, Happy Siblings : How to stop the fighting and raise friends for life by Dr Laura Markham

ISBN: 978-1-7850-402-5-2

Books for Children:

What Baby Needs by William Sears, Martha Sears and Christie Watts Kelly

ISBN: 978-0-3167-882-8-1

The Peanuts Guide to Brothers and Sisters by Charles M. Schulz

ISBN:  978-1-782-1136-9-0

We'll Paint the Octopus Red by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen and Pam DeVito

ISBN: 978-1-8906-270-6-5

When Mummy Laid an Egg by Babette Cole

ISBN:  978-0-0992-991-1-0

I'm a Big Sister by Joanna Cole and Rosalinda Kightley

ISBN: 978-0-0619-006-2-4

I’m a Big Brother by Joanna Cole and Rosalinda Kightley

ISBN: 978-0-0619-006-5-5

Useful Websites:

https://www.sibs.org.uk › ... › Parents – supporting your sibling child













The Strong Willed Child Resources:

Reading for Parents

1-2-3 Magic Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 by Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D

ISBN: 978-1-889140-16-2


Try and make me! Simple Strategies that turn off the tantrums and create cooperation by Ray Levy and Bill O’Hanlon

ISBN: 1-57954-553-X



Why Can’t My Child Behave? 

Empathic Parenting Strategies that Work for Adoptive and Foster Families by Dr Amber Elliott

ISBN: 978-1-84905-339-6


Parenting the Strong Willed Child: The Clinically Proven Five-Week Programme of Parents of Two – to Six – Years Olds by Nicholas Long and Rex Forehand

ISBN: 978-0-07-166782-1


Love Bombing: Resetting Your Child’s Emotional Thermostat by Oliver James

ISBN: 978-1-78049-137-0


Strong Willed Child or Dreamer by Dana Scott Spear and Ron L Braund

ISBN: 978-0-7852-7700-0-2



Reading for Children:


A Nifflenoo Called Nevermind: A Story for Children Who Bottle Up Their Feelings by Margot Sunderland and Nicky Armstrong

ISBN: 978-1-86388-496-2


Self-Control to the Rescue!: Super Powers to Help Kids Through the Tough Stuff in Everyday by Lauren Brukner and Apsley

ISBN: 978-1-7859-275-9-1


How to be a Superhero Called Self-Control!: Super Powers to Help Younger Children to Regulate their Emotions and Senses by Lauren Brukner

ISBN: 978-1-849-0571-72


Why Do I Have To?: A Book for Children Who Find Themselves Frustrated by Everyday Rules by Laurie Leventhal-Belfar

ISBN: 987-1843-1089-1-7


Useful Websites:













Resources for Bullying:

Books for Parents:

Empowering Children Against Bullies : A Parental Guide by Vicky Omifolaji

ISBN: 978-1-51431-26-3-6 

Books for Children:

Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Bullies by Howard Binkow and Susan F. Cornelison

ISBN: 978-0-9715390-6-8

Tales from the Bully Box by Cat Woods

ISBN: 978-1-940-180-0-69

Stand in my Shoes/ Kids Learning About Empathy by Bob Sornson and Shelly Johannes

ISBN: 978-1-935326458

The Invisible Boy by Trudi Ludwig and Patrice Barton

ISBN: 978-1582-464-50--3

The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others by Bob Sornson and Maria Dismondy


Bully Beans by Julia Cook and Anita DuFalla

ISBN: 978-1-931636-49-0

Useful Websites:







 Coping with suicide


Self-harm and Suicide (Papyrus)

PAPYRUS is a national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. PAPYRUS was founded in 1997 by a mother, Jean Kerr, from Lancashire following the loss of her son to suicide.

The organisation have recently published a guide for parents created by those who have experience of supporting a young person struggling with their mental health. Whilst the booklet it aimed at parents, I'm sure staff would find the support it gives useful too.

Download: https://www.papyrus-uk.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Supporting-Your-Child-A-Guide-for-Parents.pdf


The HOPELINK helpline is available to anyone under 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide, and anyone who may be concerned about them. Papyrus' trained suicide prevention advisers are trained to help young people focus on staying safe from suicide. Their training enables them to provide advice and support to help forward and stay alive.

Debriefing Support

As well as supporting young people experiencing thoughts of suicide, we also offer a debriefing service for professionals who have recently had an encounter with suicide & would like to talk it through with a professional.

Call: 0800 068 4141
Text: 07860039967
Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org

Opening hours:

Weekdays 9am – 10pm
Weekends 2pm – 10pm
Bank Holidays 2pm – 10pm

Language is important: avoiding saying Committed Suicide

Suicide is not a criminal act (Papyrus)

"We urge you not to use the term ‘committed suicide’.

Changes made in the Suicide Act of 1961 decriminalised the act of suicide in the UK. The word ‘commit’ treats it as if it were still a crime, which perpetuates the stigma around suicide and is offensive to families and friends."

Instead use phrases like died by suicide or took their own life.


What to do if your child sees something upsetting online (Safer Internet Centre) https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/blog/advice-parents-what-do-if-your-child-sees-something-upsetting-online

Online resources for parents & carers (Childnet International)