Useful resources

**Update: 04.05.2020

In partnership with the University of Reading, Future Learn is offering a free e-learning course called “Covid-19: Helping Young People Manage Low Mood & Depression”


On this course, young people, parents, carers, teachers, and other professionals can learn helpful, practical techniques to cope with low mood and depression during the lockdown period and beyond. You’ll examine how to help young people structure their day and improve sleep and diet and you will cover the following topics:


  • Practical advice on structuring the day and promoting healthy habits
  • Helpful family communication to keep conflict to a minimum
  • The importance of modelling and self-care
  • Tips on managing your thoughts and your feelings
  • Using this time as an opportunity for developing resilience

The course will be available online for two weeks from 4th May 2020 and takes just two hours to complete.


Here is the link:


**The course does advise that any young person who is completing this course, to involve their parent(s), carer(s) or an adult supporter. This will help you to discuss the different strategies, come up with ideas about how to implement them, and give you a chance to explore together the best way of being supported.

Useful resources
  • Kooth is an online counselling service that provides vulnerable young people, between the ages of 11 and 25, with advice and support for emotional or mental health problems. offers users a free, confidential, safe and anonymous way to access help.

  • Calm (subscription required)
    Calm for mindfulness and meditation brings clarity, joy and peace to your daily life. Join the millions experiencing the life-changing benefits of meditation and mindfulness. Reduce anxiety, sleep better and feel happier.
  • Headspace for Kids (subscription required)
    Learn to meditate and live mindfully with hundreds of themed sessions on everything from stress to sleep.

  • Here are some other suggestions, including a document produced by the University of Reading and the University of Oxford for parents to support children and young people dealing with Covid-19: