The impact of the health crisis unfolding all over the world means that we are all grieving in some way at this time. Grieving our way of life, our hopes for the year, plans for holidays, catching up with friends. Grief is a complex ball of emotions; worry, sadness, anger—all usually fuelled by a feeling of not being in control.
It’s okay to feel this mixture of emotions. However, children sometimes find it hard to verbalise these emotions and communicate them through their behaviour instead.
If your child seems to be having trouble pinning down how they feel at this time, look at their behaviour, think about what are they might be trying to communicate, and go from there.
Some children are going to need extra support. How do you know if your child is one of those children? Some signs to look out for are:
- Not sleeping as well as what is normal for them
- Any significant change to their eating habits
- In younger children, a regression in their toileting
- Behaviour that is excessively teary or yelling and hitting out
- Withdrawing from social contact (even from social media for teens)
- No motivation to do basic tasks like showering
- Lack of interest in activities previously enjoyed (like reading, cooking)
If you are worried about your child please contact the school counsellors. You can find details here about our school counselling service during this period of remote learning.
You might also find the following resources helpful:
- Beyond Blue: Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak
- Kids’ Helpline: phone them on 1800 55 1800 or online at Kids’ Helpline.