Updated: Mental Health Resources

UPDATED: 5/19/2021

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.  

On Our Sleeves: Behavioral Health Resources

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!

Apps to Help with Mental Health 

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.

How to Find a Telehealth Provider for Your Child 

With in-person treatment temporarily halted, Child Mind Institute provides a guide for parents seeking remote health treatment for their child. 

Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19 

NASP (National Association of School Psychologists) provides practical tips for helping children cope with changes due to COVID-19.

UNICEF 

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.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network 

The NCTSW provided a guide to help families cope with COVID-19.

National Institute of Mental Health 

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.  

National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. On their website you can find a large library of mental illness resources for all ages and people from all different walks of life. There is also a section of the website specifically for teens and young adults

Ohio Department of Education: Mental Health Resources for Back to School 

A list of resources curated by the team at OhioMHAS is aimed at supporting the mental health of students, parents, caregivers and school staff upon returning to school and throughout the year.

Ohio Department of Education: Student and Staff Well-Being Toolkit

Check out the Student and Staff Well-Being Toolbox for new resources that support and promote mental wellness among students and educators.

Safety.com Guide to Teen Health and Safety

The guide provides over 25 online resources for teens covering the topics of: General Mental Health, Cyberbullying, Smartphone and Device Concerns, Social Distance Activities, Meditation and Mindfulness.

Social Work License Map

A comprehensive list for anyone at any age seeking information about and/or help for a range of mental health issues. 

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.