Stress and Trauma - Bite size advice for Supporting Children and Young People

Stress is a normal part of life. The pandemic brings new and different challenges.

Remember, simple things can make huge differences.


Good relationships build resilience: social scaffolding

How can we learn to be more resilient?

Friendships are critical to us all: active listening

Trust is key

If a child or young person wants  to tell you about a trauma

Building of confidence opens doors: stress and trauma closes doors

Foster hope - it helps us cope!

Stress and trauma can be contagious

“Warning Signs” of who might need additional support

Sometimes exposure to continuing stress can lead to trauma

Remember the children and young people with additional vulnerability. Monitor them more closely (not an exhaustive list)

Teach and support children and young people to self-regulate

Play-creative-physical activity: natural ways of managing stress and trauma reactions for all ages

Children and young people are more resilient when adults work together

The following graphics provide some helpful summaries of ways to support each other and the psychology of stress and trauma





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