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Image of a loved one in hospitalCovid-19 and Serious Illness

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, things have changed a lot for us all; from family members working from home, schools and extra-curricular activities closing and not being able to meet with friends and family in a way that we once could, to name a few. It is therefore understandable that coping with a serious illness of someone close to us at this time can be very lonely, isolating and more difficult than usual.

It may be that someone close to your family is very unwell and a child or young person may be worried that those close to them may become unwell with Covid-19 and die. Or a loved one may be in hospital and no-one is allowed to visit. This can be really hard for children and young people to make sense of. Here are some things  to do to help feel better and to feel closer to a loved one who is very ill.

Message for Parents and Carers
Cally Lawrie talks about how parent and carers can give support when a loved one is in hospital. 

Message for Children and Young People
Cally Lawrie talks about activities for children and young people when a loved one is in hospital.

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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

Useful links

  • ICU Steps supports patients and relatives in intensive care support units and beyond, click here.
  • Coventry County Council’s information on Covid-19 services, click here.
  • Warwickshire County Council ‘s information on Covid-19 services, click here.