Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coping during coronavirus (COVID-19)

School communities around Australia are currently facing unprecedented changes due to coronavirus (COVID-19). School leaders, students and parents may be feeling overwhelmed, anxious, scared, uncertain or stressed, wondering what life will look like in the next few weeks and months.

During this time of reduced physical interaction, event cancellations and intense media coverage, it’s important to help students and members of the school community to feel a sense of control, and to develop strategies for maintaining their wellbeing. Students can read articles of interest to them in our youth collection ‘Coping during coronavirus’ and could join other young people in our peer support forums. Parents, carers and community members can read ReachOut Parents articles on topics including how to talk to your teenager about coronavirus, which will help them to support their teens during this uncertain time.

ReachOut Schools’ coronavirus (COVID-19) classroom activities and wellbeing fives can be taught in the classroom or remotely. This collection has been put together to help teachers support students and the whole school community to cope with the challenges they are currently facing. While supporting your students, remember the importance of also tending to your own self-care. You can find tips and ideas on maintaining your wellbeing by accessing our teacher wellbeing collection.

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Classroom resources

Designed to be engaging and relevant to your students. 

Uncertainty during COVID-19

Students assess different coping strategies to help them build resilience and look after themselves in a rapidly changing and stressful environment.


60 minutes

Flexible thinking

Students examine the concept of ‘flexible thinking’ and how recognising other points of view is essential to developing resilience.


60 minutes


Students develop self-efficacy skills, learning the importance of creating and maintaining a sense of self-belief.


60 minutes

What is stress?

Help students reflect on current levels and understanding of stress. Learn what influences levels of stress, including what we can and can't control.



60 minutes

Wellbeing Fives

Energise, refocus and develop wellbeing in your students in 5 minutes. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and self-care

Help students to practise self-care strategies they can do by themselves at home during the global panic around coronavirus (COVID-19).


5 minutes

Dealing with bad world news

Students analyse the impact of bad world news on their wellbeing and develop their own coping strategies.


5 minutes

Check-in line

Sometimes students can’t explain how they are feeling. Using a continuum removes the pressure and lets students demonstrate visually how they are coping.


5 minutes

Coping strategies

Students use a case study to understand the role that coping skills and support services play in managing mental health issues.


5 minutes

'How are you going?' quiz

This quiz will help your students check in with themselves.


5 minutes

‘I woke up early on the weekend’ meditation

This meditation uses the focused meditation technique to develop kindness and acceptance in a frustrating situation.


5 minutes

Resources for parents and carers

Share with parents and carers to support a whole school approach to student wellbeing. 

Talk to teens about coronavirus

Parenting a teenager during this time is difficult. Here’s how to talk to your teenager about coronavirus.

Wellbeing during COVID-19

By prioritising your own wellbeing during coronavirus, you’ll feel better and be more able to support your teen.

Help your child develop coping skills for stress

Help your teenager to identify what is causing them stress, and what actions are within their control to manage it.

Getting help for teenagers

Get professional advice early to learn about how to manage your teen's mental health and wellbeing.

Resources for students

Engaging and reliable content for young people to support their wellbeing. 

Stories from young people

Young people share the creative ways they are coping during coronavirus (COVID-19).

7 tips for dealing with change

Dealing with change can sometimes be uncomfortable, stressful or even scary. Here are some things you can do to make coping with changes in your life a little easier.

How to ask a friend if they're okay

When you're worried about someone, sometimes the best thing you can do is listen and let them know you're there for them.

7 reasons to use our forums

There’s probably over 100 reasons for you to use our forums, but let’s start with seven of them.