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You are not alone

We know that this is a worrying time and it will definitely not be how you had planned your parenting journey. You may have concerns in relation to your pregnancy or your children. You may be wanting to access helpful parenting information. The iHV is dedicated to supporting the health and wellbeing of all families and we are putting together links and resources from trusted organisations and websites to support you during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be developing and adding new resources to support families over the coming months, during the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond.

This page is being regularly reviewed and updated.

National Guidance


GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp

The new free to use service aims to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), and will further reduce the burden on NHS services.

This will help combat the spread of coronavirus misinformation in the UK, as well as helping ensure people stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.

To use the free GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to this number to get started.

Public Health England Guidance


  • This also includes the following advice:

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus:


  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell


  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

World Health Organisation

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Many people will be experiencing anxiety about their health and safety during this time. This page provides information about COVID-19 and how to manage your mental health during the pandemic.

Do you feel you need support now?

NHS 111 

NHS 111 can help if you have an urgent medical problem and you are not sure what to do,

The Samaritans 

A free confidential telephone helpline available 24 hours a day 365 days per year. Also offer online support and self-help resources. Call free 116 123. Email [email protected]

How can your health visiting service help you?

Health visitors are Specialist Community Public Health Nurses who are also either Registered Nurses or Midwives and have done additional training to support the health and wellbeing of children under five years old and their families in the community. Health visitors lead the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme – more details about what a health visitor does are available here. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is likely that the health visitor’s public health expertise will be needed more than ever.

Your health visiting support will continue during the COVID-19 pandemic, however the way that the service is delivered will change as some services have been temporarily stopped and others are being provided using non-face to face methods like video-enabled contacts and text/ telephone.

All health visitors are following NHS and Public Health England COVID-19 guidance. Face to face contact with families will only be offered for compelling reasons in order to comply with social distancing and social isolation guidance. The decision on face to face contacts will be based on your family’s health needs (this includes mothers/ fathers/ partners and the needs of your children, including unborn babies).

If the health visiting team has arranged a video or telephone consultation, it is because they feel they will be able to safely give you the care you need without bringing you into the clinic or visiting you at home. The health visitor will work in partnership with you to discuss these reasons and decide the best option for you.

Your health visitor will provide advice on how to contact them – although, due to the changes that the service is facing, there may be a delay in responding to routine enquires owing to the increase of demand.

Remember: You can contact your health visitor if you are concerned or worried about yourself or your child’s health and wellbeing – they are there to help you find the support you need.

Lots of useful information and Parent Tips are also available on our website in the Families section.  Please also check out the contact details of support available from other organisations in the different sections of this dedicated Parenting through Coronavirus (COVID-19) section of our website.

General information for supporting your mental health

Guidance COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing

Advice and information on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.


NHS Every Mind Matters

Every Mind Matters has now released expert advice and top tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing if you need to stay at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It also includes guidance if you’re feeling worried or anxious about the outbreak.

Mind - Coronavirus and your wellbeing

Mind offers practical information about maintaining your wellbeing while being asked to stay at home and offers practical advice on taking care of your mental health and wellbeing

Mental Health Foundation

Looking after your mental health during coronavirus outbreak. The Mental Health Foundation is part of the national mental health response providing support to address the mental health and psychosocial aspects of the Coronavirus outbreak, alongside Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care.

Headspace - Mindfulness application and website

Mindfulness for your everyday life to reduce stress. Move more and sleep soundly. This is a free app and you can also access information at the website.

Action for Happiness

A website dedicated to providing lots of very useful resources and news to look after your mental and emotional health. Includes the Action for Happiness coping calendar.

NHS Mental Health helplines

List of various helplines available includes PHE-endorsed resources for CMDs, OCD, bipolar, SMI, addictions, suicidality, DV, child abuse, families/relationships, LD, eating disorders


Support for your mental health during pregnancy and after having a baby

Perinatal Mental health Partnership UK

Facebook Page general support and guidance Perinatal Mental health Partnership UK – this page provides lots of useful information for parents about staying well and managing mental health problems during pregnancy and after having a baby.


Mental health support for pregnant and new parents. PANDAS offer a free helpline 0808 1961 776 and email support Monday-Sunday offering signposting and a listening ear for parents experiencing mental health difficulties during pregnancy or after having a baby.

Anxiety UK

Anxiety UK – advice and helpline. Anxiety UK offer support for individuals experiencing anxiety and have a dedicated service for people experiencing increased leveld of anxiety as a result of Coronavirus. The site offers practical advice and online support including access to psychological therapies.

OCD Action

OCD Action – skype/phone support groups. OCD Action provides information, telephone and email email support for anyone affected by Obsessional Compulsive Disorder.

No Panic

(Help with panic disorder) 08449674848 Everyday 10am to 10pm

PND and Me

Twitter Chat by @PNDandme every Wednesday 8-9pm and on Facebook. A very popular forum providing peer support for mothers and fathers during pregnancy and after having a baby who are experiencing difficulties with their emotional and mental health.

Action on PostPartum Psychosis 

APP provide evidence-based information and support for families who have experience of postpartum psychosis or who feel they or a family member is experiencing symptoms of postpartum psychosis. This guidance offers information about accessing services, support and treatment during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Support during pregnancy

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Maternity Voices Partnership

Maternity Voices Partnerships (MVP) are in most local areas and connect with pregnant mothers and fathers through Forums and social media. Find your local MVP at this website.

NCT Virtual antenatal classes

The National Childbirth Trust are offering online antenatal courses if you are unable to go out to your usual antenatal class.

Tommy’s Charity

Create a wellbeing plan for yourself during pregnancy and after you have had your baby with this online planning tool.

Maternal Journal

Journaling has positive benefits for mental health. This site provides information and hosts live  journaling sessions.

The Lullaby Trust - safer sleep

The Lullaby Trust provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies and reducing the chance of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and offers emotional support for bereaved families.

Information on safer sleep is available on the website, and they also run an information line on safer sleep which is open 10-5 Monday- Friday. (0808 802 6869)

Supporting children and young people during the outbreak

PHE Guidance - COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

Advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.


Children's Commissioner - Children’s guide to coronavirus

There have been big changes in our lives because of coronavirus, so The Children’s Commissioner has created a children’s guide to coronavirus to help explain the situation.

The guide aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home.

Healthier Together

At this time, when everyone is preoccupied with COVID-19, it’s really important to realise that not every illness your child has is due to COVID-19. All the ‘normal’ infections that can make children and babies really unwell still remain and there is a major risk that parents may delay bringing their child to the attention of a healthcare professionals even if they are unwell.


The NSPCC has created a new webpage with information and advice for parents or carers who are worried a child or young person may be struggling with their mental health or has anxiety about Coronavirus. The webpage includes information on: talking about feelings and worries; keeping in touch and balancing screen time; ways to create structure and routine; and helping to give children a sense of control.


Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity that provides counselling and mental health support and training in UK schools. Talking to children about coronavirus. A site set up to offer helpful tips on managing worries about coronavirus.


Call 08001111. Help for children online and on the phone. Childline have made some changes to their service during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to ensure they can continue to support children. In addition, they have a webpage for children about coronavirus.


CBBC have information for children about coronavirus. Children’s programme providing news information about coronavirus.


Mindheart has published a short book to support and reassure children under the age of 7 about coronavirus. Covibook is available to download in 21 languages including English.

Family Lives

Young Minds

A blog for young people offering advice and support.

How to have difficult conversations


How to tell children that someone has died

Steps for parents to help them tell children about deaths from COVID-19

Are you or someone you know at risk of being harmed?

Women’s Aid 

This website provides a confidential chat service through online chat or email to women in a relationship. It is for any woman who feels something doesn’t feel right in her relationship. It is not an emergency service.


Refuge provides specialist support to women, children and some men escaping domestic violence and other forms of violence.

Domestic abuse

Government guidance on getting help for domestic abuse. Find out how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse.



Call 08001111. Help for children online and on the phone. Childline have made some changes to their service during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to ensure they can continue to support children. In addition, they have a webpage for children about coronavirus.

NSPCC - Help for adults concerned about a child

0808 800 5000 – Ring this telephone number if you have concerns about the welfare or safety of a child.

SafeLives - Domestic abuse and COVID-19

Connect with other parents

Channel Mum

Information and Forums for parents about all aspects of parenting. Chat and connect with other parents through this site.


Mush is an app for mums, and your local social network of mums, so that you find other mum friends nearby, know what’s going on, know where to go and organise Meetups.

Mush are trying to take the edge off the long days spent at home during the Pandemic by giving Mush mums access to daily virtual meet-ups.

These talks start at 11am every morning. You can access them for free from the home page of the app (you will need to sign up to Zoom which is easy peasy!) or from the link below. 



Things to do with your children when social distancing

BBC's Tiny Happy People

Tiny Happy People is here to help you develop your child’s communication skills. Explore simple activities and play ideas and find out about their amazing early development.

Families can see activities for all ages (prebirth to age 5) in action on the website and loads more by following on Instagram.

Sign up to receive an email every Tuesday morning, to bring you:

  • tips for involving all the family at home
  • easy activity ideas for you to try
  • wellbeing and mental health advice
  • ideas for setting up a daily routine.

Free Educational Websites for Kids

Physical health and mindfulness


Support with infant feeding & breastfeeding

The Breastfeeding Network

Helpline 03001000212. Access to helplines and peer support, groups and web chat.

La Leche League GB

Breastfeeding support from pregnancy onwards. National 24-hour breastfeeding helpline 0845 1202918.



Support for you in your relationships

OneplusOne -thinking relationships

Find advice to support your relationships in your home and community over the coming weeks.

Facebook: ClickRelationshipsUK

Twitter: OnePlusOne_

Information for parents of babies and young children

The Association for Infant Mental Health UK

Video links about “baby states” and information for parents on child’s emotions and how to interact with their child to meet their needs

The Lullaby Trust - safer sleep

The Lullaby Trust provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies and reducing the chance of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and offers emotional support for bereaved families.

Information on safer sleep is available on the website, and they also run an information line on safer sleep which is open 10-5 Monday- Friday. (0808 802 6869)

Twins Trust for parents of twins, triplets and more

Twin line is Twins Trust’s listening service for parents of twins, triplets and more. All the calls are answered by volunteers who have multiples themselves.

0800 138 0509 – open Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm and from 7pm to 10pm.


Local Home-Starts have a great deal of expertise in supporting parents through challenging times and will offer both a holistic support with issues such as housing, benefits, debt etc. as well as more specialist supports around issues such as breastfeeding and perinatal mental health.


HENRY provides a wide range of support for families in the early years. All support for families is underpinned by the HENRY approach to supporting behaviour change which helps parents gain the confidence, knowledge and skills they need to help the whole family adopt a healthier, happier lifestyle and to give their children a great start in life.

There are a number of HENRY resources and tips below to help you and your family to continue to be happy and healthy during the pandemic.

iHV Top Tips for Parents.

Useful fact sheets with expert advice on key areas of looking after a baby from when they are born to when they go to school.

Information for parents of older children and young adults

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Advice for Parents and Carers about supporting their children through disruptive times. This website provides information for parents about supporting young people through this disruptive time. In addition, many simple self-care activities which you can do at home. Written by young people to help other young people who are feeling low or anxious.  The strategies should also be useful to adults.

The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health - Podcast

Dr Jon Goldin on the coronavirus and child mental health including self-care tips.

Resources for autistic people and families  ​

National Autistic Society

The National Autistic Society has collected a series of useful resources that autistic people and their families can use during this time of changes. This is hard for everyone but, for some autistic people of all ages, these things could trigger intense stress and lead to a meltdown or a shut down.

The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) has released a podcast for parents and carers about supporting children and young people with autism during the Coranavirus outbreak.

Information about employment, benefits and finances

ACAS for employers and employees

Information for employers and employees about HR and entitlements.


Government guidance on employment

This information page is for employers and businesses to understand what support is available.

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice can offer benefits support and advice in addition to many other issues.

Government guidance on universal credit

Information about Universal credit and how to apply for help.

Mental Health and Money Advice

Parent Hubs for devolved UK nations


The Scottish Government has launched a new information hub for parents and families about Coronavirus on its “Parent Club” website. New content includes: health information, advice on how to talk to children about Coronavirus and ideas on how to support children during the pandemic.



The Children’s Commissioner for Wales has launched an information hub for children, young people, and families in Wales. The hub includes: advice, activities and resources for children and young people; advice for parents; and information on playing and learning at home.