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Individuals, Families & Caregivers

Corona Virus Anxiety

As COVID-19 has us all living in uncertain times, there are ways to manage anxiety and depression for the entire family. One great source of information is this page from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. It provides COVID-19 resources, including videos, tips, and blogs on managing anxiety and coping.

Helping Children Cope with Emergencies and COVID-19

parent-helping-childRegardless of your child’s age, he or she may feel upset or have other strong emotions after an emergency. Some children react right away, while others may show signs of difficulty much later. How a child reacts, and the common signs of distress can vary according to the child’s age, previous experiences, and how the child typically copes with stress.

Children react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with a disaster calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children. Parents can be more reassuring to others around them, especially children, if they are better prepared.

The amount of damage caused from a disaster can be overwhelming. The destruction of homes and separation from school, family, and friends can create a great amount of stress and anxiety for children.

The emotional impact of an emergency on a child depends on a child’s characteristics and experiences, the social and economic circumstances of the family and community, and the availability of local resources. Not all children respond in the same ways. Some might have more severe, longer-lasting reactions.

The following tips can help reduce stress before, during, and after a disaster or traumatic event.

  • Stay calm and reassure your children.
  • Talk to children about what is happening in a way that they can understand.   Keep it simple and appropriate for each child’s age.
  • Provide children with opportunities to talk about what they went through or what they think about it. Encourage them to share concerns and ask questions.
  • You can help your children feel a sense of control and manage their feelings by encouraging them to take action directly related to the disaster. For example, children can help others after a disaster, including volunteering to help community or family members in a safe environment. Children should NOT participate in disaster cleanup activities for health and safety reasons.
  • It is difficult to predict how some children will respond to disasters and traumatic events. Because parents, teachers, and other adults see children in different situations, it is important for them to work together to share information about how each child is coping after a traumatic event.

Expand the section below to see a list of tools and information for helping children to cope with emergencies & COVID-19.

Resources for Children by Age Group

If you are looking for resources specific to your child’s age group, we have organized these resources by specific age groups.

Expand the sections below to see a list of resources for your child’s age group. 

Resources for Parents, Families & Caregivers

stressed-parentIt’s not only the mental health of our children that we need to be concerned with. COVID-19 and any emergency takes a toll on adults too. The dynamics of everyone’s lives have changed in an instant to a situation that was unforseen and unplanned on. The shelter in place order extended the time families spend together from a few hours a day to 24 hours a day for months. Parents becoming teacher, working from at home, and taking care of elderly parents has placed a significant amount of stress on all of the parties involved. We have compiled a list of resources to cope with this stress for parents, families and caregivers.

Expand the sections below to see a list of resources for each group. 

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