“My Hero is You”, a story developed that aims to help children understand and come to terms with COVID-19.
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.
In order to reach as many children as possible, the book will be widely translated, in more than 30 different languages. It is being released as both an online product and audiobook. Languages available include Spanish. Arabic, German, French, Chinese and more.
The project was supported by global, regional and country-based experts from Member Agencies of the IASC MHPSS RG, in addition to parents, caregivers, teachers and children in 104 countries. A global survey was distributed in Arabic, English, Italian, French and Spanish to assess children’s mental health and psychosocial needs during the COVID-19 outbreak.
A framework of topics to be addressed through the story was developed using the survey results. The book was shared through storytelling to children in several countries affected by COVID-19. Feedback from children, parents and caregivers was then used to review and update the story.
To download the story, please click the following: My Hero Is You
Children’s Story Book Released To Help Children And Young People Cope With COVID-19, Unicef Media Release, 8 April 2020