Coping with change and uncertainty

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coping with change and uncertainty imageChange is part of life.
It is important to be able to cope with and manage change effectively.

Change is hard sometimes and can feel rubbish.

It is okay to go through the different emotions. Everyone goes through a cycle of thoughts and emotions to some degree when they encounter change. With Covid-19 we are all in this ‘stormy sea’ together but we are in our own ‘boats’ with our own individual struggles around change.

There is no right way.  Change CAN be managed.

It is important to consider what you can control versus what you can’t.

For top tips to deal with change,  watch Claire Mulligan talk about 'Coping with change and uncertainty' below:


For further reading click on the link below:
Coping with Change and Uncertainty - Advice for children and young people.pdf

Need more help?

If you or someone you are supporting is experiencing a mental health crisis and needs urgent support right now, please click here.


Further organisations offering support:

  • Childline (under-19s) trained counsellors provide confidential support on anything – no matter how small or large.


  • PAPYRUS HOPELINEUK (for under-35s) offers confidential support and practical advice.
    • Call: 0800 068 4141
    • Text: 07860 039 967
    • Email:
    • Open: 9am – 10pm weekdays, 2pm – 10pm weekends and bank holidays


  • Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.
    • Call: 116123 (free from any phone)
    • Email: (Sometimes writing down your thoughts and feelings can help you understand them. Email how you are feeling to 'jo' and a volunteer will respond)
    • Open: 24-hours a day, 7-days a week


Louisa McGivney, from Coventry's Complex Communications Team talk about supporting your child through the transition back to school:

Useful links

  • Young Minds gives tips, advice and guidance on where you can get support for your mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, click here.
  • Mental Health organisation talks about how to look after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak, click here.
  • Coventry’s Complex Communications Team, in conjunction with the SEND Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS), have put together a series of supporting videos for parents/carers to enable them to prepare their children and young people with transition back into school following the Covid-19 lockdown, click here.
  • Covid-19 and Back to School Information, click here.
  • Covid-19 Home, School and Transition resources, click here.
  • Papyrus tips about practising self-care during times of uncertainty click here.
  • School Closure Kit, click here.
  • Easy Read Why is school closed, click here.
  • What to do if you're worried when school is closed - Warwickshire County Council, click here
  • Useful tips for parents / carers to help manage their emotional wellbeing can be found here.


The apps below are useful tools to help support children and young people with change. Most of these apps are availble to download from the Apple Store or Google Play.


Daylio app



SAM app





Headspace app


Calm Harm

Calm harm app





Think ninja app



  • Top tips for supporting autistic young people to return to school/college after Covid-19, click here
  • Top Tips for Helping Autistic Children Return to Educational Settings after Covid-19, click here
  • Top tips how to create social stories click here
  • Autism Little Learners, What is social distancing story, click here
  • Autism Little Learners, Getting a coronavirus test story, click here
  • Autism Little Learners, When can I stop wearing a mask story, click here
  • Back to school ‘A story about returning to school’, click here.