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. As a statewide family organization we know that supporting our kids & 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 health/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 – Recently Added Resources *
School’s out for summer: How parents can support their kids’ mental health
Great article by Cat Rakowski who talks with two renowned mental health experts about the fallout of Covid-19 and how we can best set our children up for success for the next school year. Click here to check it out.
Child Mind Institute Crisis Resources: This week childmind.org will be sharing resources to help parents deal with psychiatric crises. Including what will happen when you get to the ER, and what can (and can’t) the ER do for your child? Similarly, if a child is admitted to in-patient psychiatric treatment, what can you expect, and what is your role? They’ve also shared new resources about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder & borderline personality disorder in adolescents.
CDC: COVID-19 Parental Resources Kit – Ensuring Children and Young People’s Social, Emotional, and Mental Well-being which highlights challenges and resources to help by age group.
Youth & Young Adult Resource: Active Minds is a nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for youth and young adults aged 14–25, working to open up the conversation about mental health and create change in the way mental health is talked about, cared for, and valued. For a limited time, Active Minds has opened up their chapter resources to all students interested in learning how to be there for their peers during these difficult times, transitions and new remote learning situations. They also have a great selection of free self care and crisis resources available. Click here to check it out today!
NCTSN Working Together In the Pandemic Tips for Supporting Youth and Families Involved in the Juvenile Justice System in a Time of Crisis COVID-19 crisis is impacting every youth and family in some way or another. Youth involved in the juvenile justice system and especially those residing in residential settings are particularly impacted by the pandemic and this guide contains tips and strategies to better support youth and their families.
MDHHS You Stay Well Page Offering Ongoing Free Virtual Parent Support Groups. Has the pandemic disrupted your family life? Parents across MI are feeling overwhelmed by the extra responsibilities and stress COVID-19 has created. You’re invited to participate in a virtual support group designed specifically for parents of children up to age 18, hosted by our Stay Well crisis counseling team. To find upcoming dates or register click here.
Mental Heal America’s Young People’s Mental Health in 2020 Report
Resources for College Age Students/Young Adults
Should I Attend College in the Fall? Questions for Students with Mental Health Conditions to Consider
Finishing College Classes During COVID-19
Working from Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic
How Young Adults Can Manage Loss of Income During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Active Minds is currently offering free self care and crisis resources. Click here to check it out today!
Back to School Information and Resources
ACMH’s Back to School Resource Page Includes tips for in-person, remote, hybrid learning and much more.
ACMH Back to School Resource Page Links
MI Safe Schools Roadmap
Michigan Alliance for Families Education Covid-19 Resource Page
Michigan Department of Education Covid-19 Information and Resource Page
Back to School Anxiety During Covid-19
CDC- Back to School Planning: Checklists to Guide Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers
Preparing Kids for an Unconventional School Year
MDE Guidance for Return to School For Students With IEPS
Resources to Support Your Kids During Re-Opening
Accessible – Tips for Childcare Providers During Re-Opening
Managing Anxiety During Re-Opening
Teenagers and Re-opening -Tips for Keeping Kids Safe During a Confusing Time
Getting Kids to Work with You During the Coronavirus Crisis – Increasing Cooperation in Kids With Autism
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services MDHHS Resources
NEW MDHHS shares new guidance in response to the lifting of the Governor’s Stay Home Stay Safe Order:
- BH Communication Essential Virtual and F2F Services COVID-19 Guidance
- BH Communication Infection Control Guidance
- Resident Freedom of Movement and Visits
MDHHS Online Resources:
MDHHS Phone Resources:
- MDHHS Covid-19 Hotline: 1-888-535-6136
- Free, Confidential Emotional Support Counseling 1-888-535-6136 and press 8 when prompted.
- Michigan Crisis Text Line Text the keyword RESTORE to 741741
- Michigan PEER Warmline 1-888-PEER-753 (888-733-7753) Available every day from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. for residents with serious mental illness or substance use challenges.
- MDHHS – Talking With Kids About COVID
- MDHHS Family Wellness Guide
- MDHHS Mental Health Plan of Service and Due Process Concerns Memo 4.8.20
MDHHS Mental Health Tip Sheets:
- Helping a Child Recover from the Emotional Toll of the Covid-19 Crisis
- Helping Children Cope With Stress Tip Sheet
- Tips for Teens
- Tips for LGBTQ Teens and Young Adults During Covid-19
- Mindfulness and Stress Resilience Activities
- Welcoming Home an Adult Child with SUD during COVID-19
- Support for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders During Covid-19
Coronavirus and Mental Health Resources
- Mental Health Resources for Parents and Caregivers During Covid-19
- Crisis Text Line Coronavirus Information
- Coping With social Anxiety During Social Distancing – Helping Reluctant Kids Stay Connected
- We Thrive Inside – Signs and Symptoms of Mental Health Problems in Children During COVID Tipsheet
- Mental Health Considerations During the Covid-19 Outbreak
- Coronavirus Anxiety: 10 Expert Coping Strategies
- How to Care for Yourself While Practicing Physical Distancing
- Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety
- Coronavirus Anxiety: Coping with Stress, Fear, and Worry from HelpGuide
- Dealing with Uncertainty During the Coronavirus Pandemic HelpGuide
- Your Feelings About Coronavirus Are Valid
- Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak
- Tips for Managing Anxiety and Stress
- Parents Chime In – Self Care While Supporting Loved Ones During a Pandemic
Mental Health Crisis Resources
- SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-8255 or click here to chat.
- Crisis Text Line for Free, Confidential Support 24/7 : TEXT “START” TO 741741.
- For more crisis resources for youth and families click here.
- Meditations and Calming Exercises Free From Calm.com
- Parent Support Network – Virtual Parent Support Groups Network for Parents
Education and Virtual Learning Resources
- Michigan Alliance for Families COVID 19 Webpage for Families
- Connect With Families About Distance Learning, New Routines, etc…
- Wide Open School
- Picture Schedules and Learning Agreements for Your Child
- Coronavirus Roundup: 5 Free Low-Tech Learning Tools
- Are You CoronaSchooling? Daily Schedule Advice for ADHD Families
- Learning at Home: Sample Schedule & Resources for Elementary School Students with ADHD
- Online Learning: 8 Tips To Get Your Child Ready
- MI Statewide Tips for Support Student Wellness
- Michigan Alliance for Families Special Education & Covid 19 First Steps Video
- MI Department of Education -Office of Special Education Guidance IDEA-MARSE_Covid-19
- CSTS Helping Homebound Children during COVID-19 Outbreak
- Covid-19 Educators Guide
- Michigan Parent Views on Distance Learning Survey – Share Your Voice Today!
- ProtectMIChild.com Resource to help keep your child safe while online.
Resources for Teens and Young Adults and Those Supporting Them
- Accessible – Tips for Teens To Care for Their Mental Health
- Teen-Young Adult College COVID Information Sheet
- COVID-19 & Mental Health: Resources for Youth, Young Adults & Their Supporters
- Raising Healthy Teens Connecting During Covid-19
- Teenagers and Re-opening -Tips for Keeping Kids Safe During a Confusing Time
Tips and Strategies for Talking To Your Kids About the Coronavirus:
- How to Explain Coronavirus to a Child with Anxiety
- Tips for Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
- Supporting Our Kids During the Covid-19 Crisis
- Talking With Children About the Coronavirus
- How to Talk About Coronavirus With Kids
- Coronavirus Latest Updates and Resources
- What to Say to Help Kids Feel Calm When the World Feels Fragile
- Answering Your Young Child’s Questions During the Coronavirus
- Multilingual Coloring Book for Explaining Coronavirus
- Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health Covid-19 Resources
- FFCMH Education and Mental Health Survey Infographic
- NFFCMH Crisis Resources and Hotlines
- NFFCMH Covid-19 Resources for Parents, Families and Youth
- National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health’s Pinterest Pages
Tips for Surviving ‘Home-based Life’
Free online educational and play resources:
- 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
Other Resources for Michigan Families
- Michigan Coronavirus help: Families can get food, cash, internet during crisis.
- Cable: Comcast and Charter Spectrum are offering free internet for 60 days for qualifying families.
- Eviction Help click here.
- Unemployment Benefits: Click here to apply for unemployment benefits.
Resources to Support Your Child & Family’s Mental Health During the Holidays
Supporting Children & Teens During This Holiday Season National Child Traumatic Stress Center
Child Mind – Holidays During the Pandemic Child Mind Institute
Seven Tips to Get Ready for the Holidays Children’s Mental Health Ontario
COVID-19 Holiday Season May Be Particularly Hard on Kids: What to Do
Rethinking the Holidays and Covid 19 and Holiday Stress from On Our Sleeves
5 Ways to Reduce COVID Holiday Disappointment for Kids Understood.org
CDC Guidance for Holidays and Small Gatherings
Check out the ACMH Holiday 2020 Newsletter for more information.
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 protected].
Stay well and stay safe! The ACMH Family