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As we work together to stay safe and healthy during the pandemic, it is important to recognize the threat that COVID-19 poses to the mental health of adolescents. Students especially, may be struggling with the transitions resulting from COVID-19. This list of resources is intended to provide parents and caregivers information that supports children’s’ mental health awareness and guidance.
Please note, this list is not exhaustive and is not meant to replace needed professional care.
Expert behavioral health resources for coronavirus, including: a Summer Mental Fitness Guide, Warning Signs of Depression and Suicide from COVID-19 Fatigue, Teaching Mental Health, Navigating Student Transitions Due to COVID-9, Self-Care Exercises, Creating New Schedules and Routines, and more!
Lists general health apps as well as tools that focus specifically on coping with anxiety, depression, and difficult circumstances via meditation, connection, and other techniques.
With in-person treatment temporarily halted, Child Mind Institute provides a guide for parents seeking remote health treatment for their child.
NASP (National Association of School Psychologists) provides practical tips for helping children cope with changes due to COVID-19.
For teenagers facing life changes due to the outbreak who are feeling anxious, isolated, and disappointed, know this: you are not alone. UNICEF shares six strategies for teens facing a new (temporary) normal.
The NCTSW provided a guide to help families cope with COVID-19.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. This link provides specific resources and information for parents on children's mental health.
NOTE: These resources are not intended to replace needed professional care related to COVID-19 or mental health conditions. If a child is demonstrating unsafe behavior, or if a child talks about self-harm or harming others, seek help immediately.