Covid, Anxiety, Stress- Resources & Links

Some resources to support children and adults around anxiety, worry, stress, and fears; including specific Covid (this page will be updated on a very regular basis so please keep checking it for new entries. This is not an exhaustive or prescriptive list).

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Free videos by Dr Karen Treisman to support relaxation and emotional regulation (please feel free to send in requests as I am happy to create more if possible)

Things to be mindful of:
Firstly, please hold in mind, there is no right or wrong. We are all different and going through changes, reflections, and discoveries a lot of the time. We all have different sensory profiles, needs, preferences, pasts and so forth- so, take your time to choose what will be most helpful to you at this time, or none of them at all, if you just need some space or to do something different- there is no one size fits all. There is a menu of options to give some ideas, but there are many more which you might like to try. Be gentle with yourself and others.

People may be experiencing an array of different feelings, and these might be changing and flowing at different times; as well as soaking in other people’s feelings and sensations. For more grounding, soothing, and coping tools please see my “Presley the Pug” or “Binnie the baboon” workbooks, my therapeutic treasure box book, or my therapeutic treasure deck of grounding, soothing, regulating, and coping cards.

1. Hand or star breathing-A video by Dr Karen Treisman introducing a brief breathing exercise called “hand breathing”. It can be used for children and for adults. https://youtu.be/NAldSdx-jps

2. Sensory, grounding, soothing, and regulating box– A video by Dr Karen Treisman discussing how to make and create a sensory, soothing, and grounding box which supports all of one’s senses to regulate. Suitable and adaptable for children and adults. https://youtu.be/9XyxqWiqLk0

3. Muscle tensing and releasing tool-A video by Dr Karen Treisman introducing a brief tension releasing exercise of tensing and relaxing one’s muscles. Suitable and adaptable for children and adults. https://youtu.be/FbhUxg9eHDE

4. Left and right body breathing– A video by Dr Karen Treisman introducing a breathing exercise which supports left and right breathing. Suitable for older children, teenagers, and adults. https://youtu.be/MHwiqovPrXY

5. Rhythm and butterfly breathing-A video by Dr Karen Treisman introducing how rhythm can be used to help to change one’s regulation and arousal. Also, this introduces the butterfly hug move which activates both the left and right side of one’s brain. Suitable and adaptable for children and adults.https://youtu.be/e6z6TJ1wQDM

6. Externalising worry through worry dolls, worry plaques etc– https://youtu.be/5Q-EoWSJQJg

7. Soaking in a positive moment– A video by Dr Karen Treisman introducing how we can find a happy, feel good, and positive memory and travel back to it, anchor on to it, and soak it in- including using all of our senses. Suitable and adaptable for children and adults. https://youtu.be/RRiQixmqcXI

8. Every interaction is an intervention– video of Dr Karen Treisman explaining her quote “Every interaction is an intervention”- https://youtu.be/8pBkXbCP3Q4

8. Safe Place exercise- 5 parts will be available on online modules- coming soon

9. Life cheerleaders and supporters- will be available on online modules- coming soon

10. Navigating past obstacles and challenges-will be available on online modules- coming soon

11. Safety and emotional wellbeing planning- will be available on online modules- coming soon.

There are many many more worksheets, tips, tools, and resources in my books and cards (available from amazon and a range of other retailers):

1. Binnie the Baboon- a workbook for anxiety, stress, worries, and fears-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWEGxbnNe4E

2. Presley the Pug- a workbook for relaxation, calm and emotional regulation-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhjZHu1MjeY

3. Therapeutic Treasure Deck of grounding, regulating, soothing, and coping cards- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mfw_bGIcMcM

4. Neon the ninja focusing on nightmares, sleep difficulties, and night terrors- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2mnU3TXW8c

These are also available as ebooks and pdfs here-https://www.ebooks.com/en-gb/searchapp/searchresults.net?term=karen+treisman

Online modules and webinars will be released soon- so please keep checking the website or our social media for updates.

Podcasts or videos which might be useful at this time: (for general podcasts about trauma please see recommendations under my links, worksheets and podcast page).

Karen Treisman discussing how the current situation might evoke and re-trigger past traumas- A video by Dr Karen Treisman discussing how the experiences being felt during the pandemic can be retriggering and resurfacing past traumas and feelings and sending people down a time hole.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msNO7ZmLXns&feature=youtu.be

Karen Treisman discussion some common survival, protective, and coping tools, skills, and resources-A video discussing some of the survival, protective, and coping responses  and skills which we as individuals can use and rely on when in a place of threat, stress, trauma, and fear. Discusses fight, flight, freeze, and many more responses- https://youtu.be/tVw6naHFLKc and an accompanying worksheet (please ensure this is fully cited and referenced if shared or used) around survival skills and patterns- http://www.safehandsthinkingminds.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/feeling-safe-putting-up-defenses.pdf

Karen Treisman  discussing some of the survival, protective, and coping responses  and skills which organisations, systems, and teams can use and rely on when in a place of threat, stress, trauma, and fear. Discusses fight, flight, freeze, and many more responses. https://youtu.be/PaRwY7qzEyw and a worksheet on this http://www.safehandsthinkingminds.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/organisational-defences-final-bled.pdf (please ensure this is fully cited and referenced if shared or used)

Karen Treisman discussing the importance of how organisations make people feel during this time; and how the values of trauma-informed practice need to be embedded and modelled; and our staff wellbeing needs to be at the forefront- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9J7ayCkw4eg

Karen Treisman discussing some of the reasons why people might be either/or struggling to fall asleep, having disturbed or change sleep, and/or feeling exhausted and tired more than usual in the context of the pandemic- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClztIRbjeiI

Karen Treisman discussing some of the different layers of loss, grief, and mourning both at an individual and collective level which people may experiencing, feeling, and seeing. loss amidst the coronavirus-https://youtu.be/n9a79NeUARo

Grief, death, bereavement, and loss online module (7.5 hours and a resource pack)- supporting children and adolescents by Dr Karen Treisman (paid)- creative and expressive resources- safehandsthinkingminds.thinkific.com

Karen Treisman and Lisa Cherry in conversation about trauma, adversity, and culturally informed, infused, and responsive organisations in the context of the pandemic- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rqbKq9UBHU&feature=emb_logo

Bruce Perry (there is a whole series by Bruce around the pandemic)-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orwIn02h6V4&feature=youtu.be and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcDTXJpCMiY&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop

Guy Mcpherson and Bruce Perry- https://www.thetraumatherapistproject.com/podcast/bruce-perry-md-phd-staying-emotionally-close-in-the-time-of-covid-19/

Bruce Perry on decision fatigue in the context of the pandemic- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc-Nv8eqfgM&feature=share&app=desktop

Guy Mcpherson and Peter Levine- https://www.thetraumatherapistproject.com/podcast/peter-levine-phd-managing-in-the-midst-of-covid-19/

Gabor Mate and Russell Brand- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-mJnYmdVmQ and Gabor Mate and Thomas Hubl- https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FhlVIhjZj4k

Dan Hughes- talking about Covid and children who have experienced trauma- https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=2nLF0wdoSJ0&app=desktop

Madeleine Black about Covid- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR0uv2gXtHY&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop

Managing stress in the workplace-Jerry Colonna and Camille Preston – https://hbr.org/podcast/2020/03/managing-the-stress-and-uncertainty-of-coronavirus

Stephen Porges about covid- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FGTHm6R4pc&app=desktop

Autism and covid- https://www.acamh.org/podcasts/cornavirus-autism-a-parents-guide/?utm_source=Subscriber&utm_campaign=0401ae5288-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_12_02_03_10_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f59ca1eb20-0401ae5288-119372361 and supporting neuro diverse children during isolation- https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=dXPtqmHKNoE&app=desktop

Janina Fisher on covid-https://www.thetraumatherapistproject.com/podcast/janina-fisher-phd-managing-in-the-midst-of-covid-19/

A song from beacon house- take what you need- https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=tDCTKz66vYg

Bessel Van der Kolk podcast about covid- https://www.besselvanderkolk.com/blog/caring-for-yourself and Bessel on helplessness amidst covid- https://www.nicabm.com/when-covid19-leaves-clients-feeling-helpless/

Jennifer King webinar- https://medium.com/@jak292/covid-19-our-brains-our-bodies-our-trauma-8ece7779cc9b

Fran Waters interviewed by Guy McPherson- https://www.thetraumatherapistproject.com/podcast/fran-s-waters-lmft-managing-in-the-midst-of-covid-19/

Juli Alvaredo- home but not alone- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Evv0vgqiAY&feature=share&app=desktop

Paul Gilbert on compassionate mind during covid and beyond- https://www.compassionatewellbeing.com/compassion-safe-relating-and-world-change.html

Sue Badaeu on grief and loss during covid- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qON_Vcz6U8&app=desktop

The coronavirus can teach us to connect- Ted talk- https://thewisdomcollector.blogspot.com/2020/04/the-coronavirus-crisis-can-teach-us.html?m=1

Coronavirus and poverty- https://soundcloud.com/user-72463423/episode-2-coronavirus-and-poverty

The Social Matters Podcast- The impact of Covid-19 on Black and minority Ethnic people podcasthttps://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-social-matters-podcast/id1436421996

Nadine Harris Burke on the Black Community and Covid- https://sdvoice.info/the-black-community-covid-19-trauma/

James Docherty and Lisa Cherry on maintaining recovery from addition during covid- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D5973k_VEw

One small thing has a regular podcast about prison and the justice system- they have been doing a series about covid within this- here is one example- https://play.acast.com/s/justice/2dcd77d4-8fd3-49a3-ab3a-74a41e338d76

Hannah Albery and Lisa Cherry- talking about being a headteacher during covid- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8_7cK2BhQ0

Interview on grief and loss from University of Buffalo- http://socialwork.buffalo.edu/social-research/institutes-centers/institute-on-trauma-and-trauma-informed-care/trauma-talks/trauma-talks-grief-loss.html

Short clip by Patricia Berendsen- why am I so tired when working online therapeutically- https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=DRRjetJSzhs&app=desktop

Impact of social work of covid podcast-https://podcasts.apple.com/za/podcast/episode-15-s2-impact-of-covid-19-on-social-work/id1436421996?i=1000471949788

Trauma informed communication- why it is important-https://traumainformedoregon.org/understanding-why-trauma-informed-communication-is-important/

Useful links for adults and children (by no means exhaustive or prescriptive, and not in a particular list):

Child and adolescent resources: 

Downloadable child friendly explanation about coronavirus- http://www.millfields.hackney.sch.uk/uploads/2019/Corona%20Virus%20Info%20for%20Young%20Children.pdf.pdf and

Some lovely illustrated stories from the Australian Childhood Foundation about corona and hugs- https://www.childhood.org.au/app/uploads/2020/03/Talking-to-Children-COVID-19-Social-Story.pdf and https://www.childhood.org.au/app/uploads/2020/04/hug_HR.pdf

Talking to kids about coronavirus- 2 useful blogs- http://www.jkp.com/jkpblog/2020/03/i-have-a-question-about-coronavirus/ And http://www.jkp.com/jkpblog/2020/03/talking-to-children-about-the-coronavirus/

A book for children about coronavirus- https://nursedottybooks.com/dave-the-dog-is-worried-about-coronavirus-2/?fbclid=IwAR2xzx5IPUaVRZ506wnQKyq-e1vdJ8KZtEpLeXF2AVoROsNfmNJIGbnOGus

Some worksheets for kids whilst they are home, share by Jessica Kingsley Publishers- https://emails.jkp.com/t/t-E7198D9CA58B42F52540EF23F30FEDED

A book illustrated about covid by Axel Scheffler- https://nosycrow.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Coronavirus-A-Book-for-Children.pdf

Stay at home superheroes book- https://issuu.com/sophie_marsh/docs/stay_home_superheroes

Everybody worries. A picture book about coronavirus- https://en.calameo.com/read/000777721945cfe5bb9cc?authid=Xu9pcOzU3TQx

A story for children called “how not to go to school” about lockdown- https://parsleymimblewood.wordpress.com/

A book for children called “stuck inside”- https://www.stuckinsidebook.com/

Story book about coronavirus by UNHCR- https://www.unhcr.org/news/press/2020/4/5e8ecdba4/childrens-storybook-released-help-children-young-people-cope-covid-19.html

Some info about coronavirus and anxiety for young people- https://young.scot/campaigns/national/coronavirus

I have a question resource for children- https://www.ihaveaquestionbook.com/

Covid related grief and bereavement resources- http://www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/covid-19.aspx and https://www.winstonswish.org/coronavirus/

Some worksheets for children during this time (need to be adapted accordingly)- https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3A18b7fa14-bbb1-4067-9b8a-757d2defb735&fbclid=IwAR2Q24JQp2tx-QFfdP7ZQtwiZaQK5GASgVnpDXZz5dg0e8ahfFx1RoQfLMc

Some videos and activities for adults and children- https://www.childcomwales.org.uk/coronavirus/

A story about covid (American-focused)- https://alliedhealth.lsuhsc.edu/clinics/docs/CarolineConquersherCoronoaFears31820.pdf

Child’s guide to staying safe online- https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/cco-childrens-digital-safety-wellbeing-kit.pdf

Adult resources predominantly around trauma: (of course there are overlaps)

Trauma-informed values and principles applied to the current covid situation written by Dr Karen Treisman- trauma informed values in covid

Thinking of those infographic with rainbows poster- thinking of all of those who…

Resources from beacon house about covid, developmental trauma, attachment and much more-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJHupiDtJKA&feature=youtu.be and on survival mode- https://beaconhouse.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/What-Survival-Looks-Like-At-Home.pdf

Trauma-informed Oregon-Trauma-informed response to Covid- https://traumainformedoregon.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Considerations-for-COVID-19-Trauma-Informed-Response.pdf  and https://traumainformedoregon.org/tic-wellness-and-routines-rituals/ and https://traumainformedoregon.org/workforce-wellness-strategies-during-covid-19/

trauma-informed script from trauma-informed Oregon- https://traumainformedoregon.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/The-Anatomy-of-a-Trauma-Informed-Script-TIP-Sheet.pdf 

Trauma informed communication- why it is important- https://traumainformedoregon.org/understanding-why-trauma-informed-communication-is-important/

Resources from Bruce Perry and the Neurosequential model- https://www.neurosequential.com/covid-19-resources

Covid response from mad in the UK- non pathologising responses- https://www.madintheuk.com/2020/03/covid-19-resources-were-all-in-this-together/

Covid and pandemic from a social justice and equity lens- https://www.racialequitytools.org/fundamentals/resource-lists/resources-addressing-covid-19-with-racial-equity-lens

Social justice resources from the pandemic from irresistible- https://irresistible.org/covid

The Social Matters Podcast- The impact of Covid-19 on Black and minority Ethnic people podcast- https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-social-matters-podcast/id1436421996

Impact of covid on BAME communities from Royal College of Psychiatrists- https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/docs/default-source/about-us/covid-19/impact-of-covid19-on-bame-staff-in-mental-healthcare-settings_assessment-and-management-of-risk_13052020v2.pdf?sfvrsn=1068965_2

Resources for managing stress in a pandemic- https://www.acesconnection.com/g/practicing-resilience/blog/managing-post-traumatic-stress-in-a-pandemic-practices-and-resources-updated-regularly

SAMSHA- Lots of resources and downloads-https://www.samhsa.gov/coronavirus

Living in uncertain times- https://drjenfrahm.com/leading-uncertain-times/

Looking after yourself and your family during coronavirus- https://www.yarboroughacademy.co.uk/for-parents-and-carers/looking-after-you-and-your-family-during-coronavirus/

Some self-care resources from Buffalo Social Work-http://socialwork.buffalo.edu/resources/self-care-starter-kit.html and from the Anna Freud Centre- https://www.annafreud.org/selfcare/

A blog by Dr Liz Gregory- https://weneedtotalkaboutchildrensmentalhealth.wordpress.com/2020/03/27/tips-to-share-with-children-to-help-them-cope-with-the-new-normal/amp/?__twitter_impression=true and one based on teenagers during lockdown-https://weneedtotalkaboutchildrensmentalhealth.wordpress.com/2020/03/29/2and-getting-through-lockdown-together-with-teenagers/

Some resources around disaster responses-https://www.samhsa.gov/dtac/recovering-disasters/phases-disaster

Some resources about panic and worry from Narrative Therapy- https://dulwichcentre.com.au/lived-wisdom-on-panic-worry-and-isolation/

Some resources about Narrative Therapy in a pandemic- https://dulwichcentre.com.au/narrative-responses-to-covid-19/

Useful article in the guardian normalising people’s responses- https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/25/why-its-healthy-to-be-afraid-in-a-crisis

Some resources from the BPS-  https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/advice-talking-children-about-illness

Trauma-informed response for covid- http://chicagotorturejustice.org/wellness-during-the-coronavirus/#trauma

Covid related grief and bereavement resources- http://www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/covid-19.aspx and https://www.winstonswish.org/coronavirus/ and https://www.phoenixgrouphq.com/bereavement

Grief and loss online module by Dr Karen Treisman (paid)- creative and expressive resources- safehandsthinkingminds.thinkific.com

Covid trauma working group- https://www.traumagroup.org/

Responding to stress experienced by hospital staff resources- https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/audio-video/stress-hospital-staff-covid-19

Health journal about covid- https://www.magonlinelibrary.com/coronavirus

Remote working book- https://seasaltlearning.com/finding-your-campfire-a-remote-working-survival-guide/

A report about young people using online therapy in the charity world- https://www.thinknpc.org/resource-hub/charities-young-people-and-digital-mental-health-services/

Community response to covid- a range of resources- https://ccr.publichealth.gwu.edu/covid-19

Community resources from Kenya including posters in a variety of languages- https://sites.google.com/green-string.org/covid-19-kenya/home

Some theraplay resources which can be done virtually- https://theraplay.org/product/theraplay-activities-for-telehealth/

Some guided mediation- https://corona.pocketproject.org/practice-tools/

Some sensorimotor tools and ideas during the pandemic- https://sensorimotor.pages.ontraport.net/online-therapy-resources

Some videos and activities for adults and children- https://www.childcomwales.org.uk/coronavirus/

Colour in poster- this won’t be forever- by Emma Paxton- http://imagistic.co.uk/free-covid-19-printables/

Safeguarding, covid, and education- https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-safeguarding-in-schools-colleges-and-other-providers/coronavirus-covid-19-safeguarding-in-schools-colleges-and-other-providers

Going back to school over covid blog by Mary Meredith- https://marymered.wordpress.com/2020/04/14/five-ways-to-help-children-heal-when-schools-reopen/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Schools supporting children around bereavement in the context of covid- https://www.winstonswish.org/coronavirus-schools-support-children-young-people/

NHS and anxiety- https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/anxiety/?WT.tsrc=Search&WT.mc_id=Anxiety&gclid=CjwKCAjwsMzzBRACEiwAx4lLG5nZ-vEMTwxo3vaH0eBTh3sJLVydiJkxwHJS7114R37GGwIXXRzJ9BoC_0YQAvD_BwE

For those interested in CBT resources- https://www.psychologytools.com/

Some info for adults about coronavirus and anxiety- https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak/while-working

Doing what matters in times of stress- A guide written by WHO- https://www.who.int/publications-detail/9789240003927

Coronavirus and prisons- https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-8892/

Some social work and care specific resources:

Some guidelines for social workers during this time- https://www.basw.co.uk/professional-practice-guidance-home-visits-during-covid-19-pandemic

Social work amidst the pandemic- https://www.researchinpractice.org.uk/children/news-views/2020/april/social-work-with-children-and-families-in-the-pandemic/

A spotlight about remote working in the courts by a judge- http://www.transparencyproject.org.uk/remote-justice-a-judges-perspective/

Journal on social work during covid-https://sw2020covid19.group.shef.ac.uk/

The impact of covid on care leavers report by staf- https://www.staf.scot/news/staf-report-covid-19

David Grimm writes an article of some of the experiences of lockdown from a care experienced perspective- https://www.nationalconfidentialforum.org.uk/news-events/2020/05/national-confidential-forum-participant-david-grimm-issues-advice-to-care-experienced-people-during-lockdown/

A collaborative poem about care experienced young people during lockdown- https://imohub.org.uk/definecare-collaborative-poem-by-care-leavers/

Coronavirus and safeguarding/child protection- https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/safeguarding-child-protection/coronavirus

Podcast on social work leadership amidst covid- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qON_Vcz6U8&app=desktop

Covid guidance and foster care/residential- https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/covid-19-guidance-foster-care-and-supported-lodgings-settings and https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-isolation-for-residential-educational-settings/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-isolation-for-residential-educational-settings

Introduction of placements and adoption transitions from corambaaf- https://corambaaf.org.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Managing%20Introductions%20of%20children%20with%20their%20prospective%20adopters%20270320.pdf

Report looking at kinship carers during the pandemic. Kinship carers are hugely important & often a neglected & poorly represented group of people- https://www.frg.org.uk/images/Cross_party_PT_on_KC/Kinship_carers_experiences_report.pdf

Impact of lockdown and school closures on care experienced young people- https://www.adoptionuk.org/Handlers/Download.ashx?IDMF=b3326f3b-4cdf-46fe-94e1-8724bbb75475

Young carers and he impact of covid-https://www.anncrafttrust.org/young-carers-and-covid-19/

Family and drugs courts briefing during covid-https://justiceinnovation.org/sites/default/files/media/documents/2020-05/fdac_briefing_final.pdf

Social work guidance around covid- https://markallenassets.blob.core.windows.net/communitycare/2020/04/PSW-Coronavirus-Ethical-Response-and-Best-Practice-Guide.pdf

Impact of social work of covid podcast-https://podcasts.apple.com/za/podcast/episode-15-s2-impact-of-covid-19-on-social-work/id1436421996?i=1000471949788

Virtual contact between children and birth parents blog written by Research in Practice- https://www.researchinpractice.org.uk/children/news-views/2020/april/virtual-contact-between-children-and-their-birth-families-during-lockdown-unexpected-opportunities/