DEVELOPING A CHILDREN’S STORYBOOK TO HELP CHILDREN AND CAREGIVERS TALK ABOUT AND COPE WITH THEIR FEARS REGARDING THE COVID-19 VIRUS

Mar 16, 2020

SURVEY DEADLINE: MIDNIGHT MONDAY 16 MARCH 2020

The Inter Agency Standing Committee Reference Group for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings  IASC MHPSS RG is creating a book to share with children during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The purpose of the book is to help children talk about and cope with their fears and worries regarding COVID-19.

The IASC MHPSS RG is seeking the URGENT support of regional and country offices and web platforms to share 2 short surveys through digital means with parents and caregivers through their networks.  You are also welcome to fill in the survey yourself as a parent/ caregiver along with your child(ren).

The 2 surveys collect information about 1) how children are feeling about COVID-19 and 2) what activities they are doing to pass the time in isolation/quarantine.  These surveys will inform the content of the book mentioned above.  Please ask parents and caregivers to complete BOTH.

Please share these surveys within your formal and informal networks, including spaces such as Facebook pages, community neighbourhood web platforms, Whatsapp support groups for parents/ caregivers, Twitter etc.

We ask that surveys are completed by midnight on Monday, March 16 2020.

Survey 1: Children & COVID-19
This survey is targeted towards children aged 4-10 years. We are asking for parents/caregivers to complete the survey by asking their children the questions.  Below are the links for the survey:

*IMPORTANT NOTE FOR PARENTS & CAREGIVERS*
Please, make sure that your child is feeling and doing fine before you ask these questions to him/her. If you sense that the questions may raise any unsettling emotion or distress to your child, please DO NOT ask the questions.

If you notice any intense emotional reaction while you are asking these questions to your child, stop immediately and offer your child reassurance and comfort.

Please do not ask these questions to any children who are grieving or in bereavement.

Survey 2: Parent/Caregiver Survey
This survey is targeted towards parents/caregivers of children aged 4-10 years old.  Below are the links for the survey:

Image caption/credit: A scanning electron microscope image – from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ (NIAID) Rocky Mountains Laboratories (RML) – in false colour, showing the COVID-19 virus from a patient in the US


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