The coronavirus has created a new and unusual environment for us all! Since many families are now working and caring for their kids at home around the clock we have decided to utilize this space for the next several weeks to share many of the incredible sources of information, inspiration and support that are suddenly popping up all over the internet. Times of crisis always seem to bring out the best in us all. We hope you find the information here useful and please be sure to let us know if there is something you have found that you think we should share here. Take care and stay well!
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‘Stay Home, Stay MIndful’ website A website offering free meditation and mindfulness content for Michiganders launched by Governor Whitmer in partnership with Headspace . The website will offer free mental health resources during COVID-19 pandemic including evidence-based guided meditations, along with at-home workouts that guide people through mindful exercises, sleep and kids content to help address rising stress and anxiety. Available at www.headspace.com/MI an internet connection is the only thing that is needed to access these tools from home.
Understood.org also just shared some great new resources for families:
- Connect With Families dedicated space for families to chat about distance learning, new routines, etc.
ACMH will continue to host online discussions on topics of interest to families of children and youth with mental health challenges as request for topics come in. One of the goals of redesigning our website was to increase our ability to reach out and provide timely information and support to families we may not otherwise be able to reach across the state.
We know the value of parent to parent peer support and want our website to be a venue where you can network with other families and have ‘real time’ opportunities to interact, have discussions, and share information and knowledge with others dealing with similar issues.
As we get started on this new venture we need to hear from you about the types of topics that are of interest to you and if you would like the format to have an educational component, an open or facilitated discussion, or have a ‘support group like’ structure or components of all of the above.
Please post your thoughts or comments in the box below. Thanks for your time and interest. We look forward to talking with you during an upcoming ACMH online discussion!