Free Well-being Resources for Young People During COVID-19 Pandemic

School closures, lockdown and the current worldwide health emergency are undoubtedly causing additional stress and anxiety amongst many young people, parents and educators. An increased amount of time together in confined spaces and home schooling/remote teaching & learning is a reality for many of us.

Ideas and activities to support and boost young people’s well-being during this challenging time are welcomed and the individuals and companies highlighted below are just a few of those generously offering free material for parents/carers and educators. Much of this content is informed by positive psychology, positive education, character education and social emotional learning.

For further ideas and free resources to enhance the well-being of young people please revisit an earlier post about Positive Education Resources.

Inspiration from amazing people such as Da Vinci, Frida Kahlo, William Shakespeare and Harriet Tubman. Offering FREE access to their website which features an interactive, cross-curricular story library, an avatar builder and a whole suite of teaching and learning resources. The site supports students, both in and out of school, to develop key character strengths such as resilience, creativity and empathy which can help safeguard their wellbeing through this challenging time.

Useful information and resources introducing ‘benefit mindset’ which builds on growth mindset – exploring who we are, why we do things and how our actions can positively impact on both personal and collective wellbeing.  Offers ideas and activities to promote an awareness of how interconnected we are as a global community as well as a Schools Guide with practical strategies.  

Created by Laura Garrison-Brook, this is a journey to help your child feel better about navigating through these uncertain times. It will help them connect more deeply to their body, boost their immune system, and feel strong and calm. They will leave the visualisation with some coping mechanisms they can take with them into their day and into the world.

A resource to support adults – a great opportunity for educators and parents to proactively develop their own well-being/resilience and learn ways to transfer these skills to their personal and professional lives.  University of Pennsylvania is sharing this free and unique version of Dr. Karen Reivich’s “Resilience Skills” course from the Specialization Foundations of Positive Psychology.

7 printable well-being activities suitable for children aged 8-12, though the activities can easily be adapted for younger or older children. Also offering Wellbeing Wednesday live sessions on YouTube to share ideas and host Q & A on wellbeing activities for parents, educators and children.

A weekly Monday-morning mini 5 minute podcast to boost and inspire wellbeing in teachers and school leaders.

With many schools around the world now educating their students remotely, Geelong Grammar’s Institute of Positive Education has created a series of free Wellbeing Resources for Remote Learning. Primary Resources Secondary Resources

A guide to well-being during Coronavirus updated regularly by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Centre with practices, resources and articles for individuals, parents, and educators.

‘Weathering the storm’ offers free guided meditations, animations, articles and exercises available to all.

Jigsaw PSHE has two free stories, with suggested linked activities and two Calm Me times (mindfulness) to listen to.

Offers some fun downloadable ideas for individual and family activities aimed at primary age children, encouraging understanding and awareness of personal emotions. Optional sign up to receive additional free resources.

Offering a good range of free activities to help children learn more about their brain, emotions and actions. There are written and audio brain breaks, a downloadable variety of activities and ideas for discussion – covering topics such as the brain; mindfulness, optimism; gratitude and kindness. Also provides useful links to external resources and book recommendations.

A selection of activities and ideas for parents and teachers to help build a growth mindset in children across the age range. Also offers a free personal mindset assessment suitable for children 12+ and adults.

Mindfulness in Schools Project is offering weekday 11am live mindfulness session open to all levels and welcoming both adults and children. Young people should have an adult sitting with them visibly on screen. Extra sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30pm are for those who have more experience with mindfulness.

Parent webinars – How to increase your children resilience in challenging and uncertain times Zoom Meeting ID: 405 169 273 (All London time) – Apr 22, 2020 02:00 PM; Apr 29, 2020 02:00 PM; May 6, 2020 02:00 PM; May 13, 2020 02:00 PM

Teacher webinars – From Languishing to Flourishing Zoom Meeting ID: 430 127 620 (All London time) – Apr 21, 2020 02:00 PM; May 19, 2020 02:00 PM; Jun 16, 2020 02:00 PM; Jul 14, 2020 02:00 PM

Thrive Inside is a special Coronavirus mindfulness initiative to help us stay connected, build good mental habits and remain calm and healthy in the physical constraints of our homes.

As well as its usual bank of resources, the Jubilee Centre now offer a range of free character-building learning materials and activities for home schooling, suitable for both younger and older children.

A selection of free online resources by Dr Lea Waters including eLearning wellbeing activities for teachers to run in virtual classrooms, designed to enhance students’ strengths, emotional management, attention and awareness, relationships, coping and habits and goals. There is also a family handout with 12 activities that parents can run at home with their children as well as a series of videos on how to navigate Coronavirus with positivity.

@andrew_cowley23 and @mindworkmatters are offering a newsletter via Twitter on Google docs each Friday aimed at supporting children, parents and teachers through the current health emergency. Full of ideas, activities and links.

  • Wellbeing, joy and feeling connected: free webinars for teachers

Supporting mental health and emotional wellbeing of primary age children by Adrian Bethune and Dr. Hazel Harrison Part 1 Part 2

This post will be added to when new content is sourced and shared. If you find the links above useful, please pass them on to other parents and educators who may also benefit from access to free practical resources, ideas and discussions targeted at boosting the well-being of young people.

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