Supporting our kids mental health can be challenging even in the best of times and access to information is essential! As a statewide family organization, ACMH does not have physical or mental health professionals on staff who would be qualified to answer many of the questions coming our way since the Covid-19 outbreak, but we are pleased to be able share the following information from trusted resources and community partners. We hope you find them helpful as you work to keep yourself and your family safe and supported:
Tips for Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus Child Mind Institute
How to Explain Coronavirus to a Child with Anxiety ADHD Parenting ADDitude Magazine
Supporting Our Kids During the Covid-19 Crisis Child Mind Institute
Talking With Children About the Coronavirus The Fred Rogers Center
How to Talk About Coronavirus With Kids Understood.org
Just for Kids, A Comic Exploring the new Coronavirus from National Public Radio
Answering Your Child’s Questions During the Coronavirus from ZERO TO THREE
Tips for Managing Anxiety and Stress Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Multilingual Coloring Book for Explaining Coronavirus from Mindheart Available in multiple languages
Virtual Parent Support Opportunities: ACMH recognizes that some of the best ideas to support our kids come from talking, learning and sharing with other families so we will also utilize this page to share any virtual opportunities for parent peer support that we learn about including:
- The Youth Mental Health Project is launching Virtual Meetings of the YMHP Parent Support Network for Parents anywhere in the country. Meetings are FREE, confidential, and open to all parents or adult caregivers who are faced with the unique challenges of parenting young people who are struggling with their mental or emotional health. The Parent Support Network™ is a parent-driven program to provide parents who are concerned about their children’s, teen’s, or young adult’s mental health with a dependable and caring network, valuable peer support, and access to peer recommended resources. Parent support meetings are run by volunteer, trained Facilitators who are parents with lived experience raising a child who has struggled with his or her mental health. If you are interested in attending email email@example.com to receive announcements about meetings. Feel free to forward and share! Upcoming dates: Thursday, March 26th – 7:00-8:30 pm EDT – RSVP HERE. Tuesday, April 21st – 7:00-8:30 pm EDT – RSVP HERE.
- Connect With Families is a dedicated space for families created by Undestood.org where they can have discussions about distance learning, new routines, and create ways to thrive at home with kids, etc.
Understood.org shared some additional great new resources for families to help with learning at home:
- Wide Open School a free collection of the best online learning experiences and activities for kids
- Picture Schedules and Learning Agreements for Your Child
- Coronavirus Roundup: 5 Free Low-Tech Learning Tools
Concerned about your children being safe online? The MI Child Protection Registry is a free do-not-contact service for Michigan families. Visit www.ProtectMIChild.com to learn more.
Resources for Teens and Young Adults and Those Supporting Them
- Teen-Young Adult College COVID Information Sheet
- COVID-19 & Mental Health: Resources for Youth, Young Adults, Families, Colleges, Educators, and Their Supporters
- Raising Healthy Teens Connecting During Covid-19
- Covid-19 Educators Guide
The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health resource pages:
For additional information/resources including Tips to Survive ‘Home-based Life’ during the Coronavirus crisis click here.