My Hero is You

Children's story book released to help children and young people cope with COVID-19.

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A new story book that aims to help children understand and come to terms with COVID-19 has been produced by a collaboration of more than 50 organisations working in the humanitarian sector including the World Health Organisation, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Save the Children.

With the help of a fantasy creature, Ario, My Hero is You, how kids can fight COVID-19! explains how children can protect themselves, their families and friends from coronavirus and how to manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality.

The book – aimed primarily at children aged 6-11 years old – is a project of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings, a unique collaboration of United Nations agencies, national and international non-governmental organisations and international agencies providing mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings.

In order to reach as many children as possible, the book has been widely translated and has been released as both an online product and audio book.

By IASC – Inter-Agency Standing Committee