The Association for Children’s Mental Health exists to provide help and hope to families by empowering them with the information, resources and support they need especially during times of crisis and the coronavirus has certainly reached the crisis level. As a statewide family organization we know that supporting our kids and family’s mental health needs can be challenging even in the best of times and access to quality information is essential!
Since we do not have physical or mental health professionals on staff to answer many of the questions that are coming our way, we have gathered the a list of links and information that have been shared by trusted resources and community partners and have shared them below. We hope you find information that is helpful as you work to keep yourself & your family safe and supported!
* New items will be added to this page daily so be sure to check back for new ideas, resources and supports!
General Health Information, Updates and Tips for Keeping You and Your Family Safe:
Tips for Managing Anxiety and Stress Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Resources for Michigan Families
MI Statewide Tips for Support Student Wellness from TRAILS includes tips for supporting student wellness during COVID-19 and tips for what you might tell your child about Coronavirus and why schools are closed.
Tips and Strategies for Talking To Your Kids About the Coronavirus:
How to Explain Coronavirus to a Child with Anxiety ADHD Parenting ADDitude Magazine
Tips for Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus Child Mind Institute
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
Coronavirus Latest Updates and Resources from Understood.org
What to Say to Help Kids Feel Calm When the World Feels Fragile from Karen Young at Hey Sigmund
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
The Coronavirus and Mental Health Resources
Mental Health Considerations During the Covid-19 Outbreak World Health Organization
Coronavirus Anxiety: 10 Expert Coping Strategies ADDitude Magazine
How to Care for Yourself While Practicing Physical Distancing National Council for Behavioral Health MHFA
Mental Health Crisis Resources
Crisis Text Line for Free, Confidential Support 24/7 : TEXT “START” TO 741741.
For more crisis resources for youth and families click here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to receive announcements about meetings. Feel free to forward and share! Upcoming dates below. RSVP required.
Thursday, March 26th – 7:00-8:30 pm EDT – RSVP HERE
Tuesday, April 21st – 7:00-8:30 pm EDT – RSVP HERE
Meditations and Calming Exercises Free From Calm.com
Tips for Surviving ‘Home-based Life’
- Are You CoronaSchooling? Daily Schedule Advice for ADHD Families
- Learning at Home: Sample Schedule & Resources for Elementary School Students with ADHD
Resources from Understood.org
- Online Learning: 8 Tips To Get Your Child Ready
- Stuck at Home? 20 Learning Activities to Keep Kids Busy
Many online educational resources are currently available Free for a month for families due to the Coronavirus including:
- Abney Academic Extension
- Amazing Educational Resources
- Highlights Kids
- Kalamazoo Public Schools Learning Hub
- Khan Academy
- Kids Discover
- Learning A-Z
- National Geographic Kids
- Michigan State University: Educational resources
- Oxford Owl for Home
- PBS Kids
- Phonics Hero
- Scholastic Learn at Home
- Squiggle Park
- Storyline Online
- Switch Zoo
- TIME for Kids
- Virtual Field Trips
Be sure to also check out the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health’s Pinterest Page for great ideas on a variety of topics including:
- Children’s Mental Health Activities
- Conversation Starters for Families
- Coronavirus Resources
- Distance Learning
- Family Activities
- Family Life
- Mindfulness and Yoga
New resources will be added daily so be sure to check back frequently if you do not find what you need or feel free to email us at email@example.com.