Corona: Advice for children and teens with emotional problems

Norway is in a state of emergency because of the coronavirus. But this will pass. Things will go back to normal again, we just don’t know when.

The coronavirus is spreading fast and to a lot of people. When something unusual like this happens, it can seem harder to bear any other emotional problems you may have.

Big changes to everyday life may cause some children and teens with emotional problems to experience new thoughts, feelings and have new concerns. This is normal. It might be a good idea to talk to an adult about this, if you have someone you trust.

Use strategies for calming yourself when you feel overwhelmed. Try these:

  • Go to bed and get up at regular hours
  • Eat regularly
  • Do things you like to do
  • Keep in contact with friends and family on social media

Stay in contact with your teacher and school mates by checking the digital homeroom of your school.

If you have a psychologist or someone else you talk to regularly, like a public health nurse, then you can try calling them or contacting them on social media.

If you need someone to talk to, these pages can help:

  • Kors på halsen, Red Cross helpline for under-18s: Call 800 333 21 or chat