Many of us are feeling increasingly upset and concerned, from viewing media coverage of the military invasion and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.  We may also be considering how best to give reassurance to those in our care.

Experts say that after a two-year pandemic, it’s a lot to absorb and agree that feeling overwhelmed is normal.  We’ve collected some advice on how you can take care of yourself, your children, and those you care for.

While it’s right to think first and foremost about the impact on those caught up in the conflict itself, it’s also completely normal to feel upset from afar by what we are seeing in Ukraine.

In this article from The Guardian, Psychologists and teachers suggest ways to give reassurance and say strategies are age-dependent https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/feb/26/ukraine-anxiety-children-psychologists-teachers

This article from BBC News has advice on how you can take care of yourself, your children and others. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-60557186

Dr Sheila Redfern, a Clinical Psychologist, also shared how we might talk to teenagers about the invasion of Ukraine. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zbrdjsg

Here are five tips for talking to your child about their worries more generally from Barnardo’s.

https://www.barnardos.org.uk/five-tips-talking-your-child-about-their-worries

You ay also be interested in a course about ‘Talking about War and Conflict with Children’ being run by Creative Education.

Talking about War and Conflict with Children – Creative Education