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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Headspace Michigan – Stay Home Stay Mindful is 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’s Connect With Families is a dedicated space for families to chat with others about their experiences, successes and challenges with distance learning, new home routines, etc. Check it out today!
CDC COVID-19 Parental Resources Kit Ensuring Children and Young People’s Social, Emotional, and Mental Well-being resources can help support parents, caregivers, and others supporting children and youth to both recognize children/youth’s social, emotional, and mental challenges, and help ensure their well-being.
Upcoming Online Discussions
ACMH will continue to host online discussions on topics of interest to families of children and youth with mental health challenges as requests for topics come in or as families contact us with a desire to connect. If you have a topic you would like to discuss with other families email Terri at email@example.com .
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 always, all of the work of ACMH is based on the needs of the families we serve, so as we prepare to host online discussions in the future – we would love to hear from you! So please feel free to share the types of topics that are of interest to you and if you would like the discussions formats to include an educational component, open or facilitated discussion or have a ‘support group like’ structure or components of all of the above. Please share your ideas, 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!