How do I talk to my children and teens about coronavirus?
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has published a fact sheet that provides parents, caregivers, and teachers with strategies for helping children manage their stress during an infectious disease outbreak. It describes potential reactions among youth and the support adults can provide to help them. You can download the fact sheet here.
Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-Being from Child Trends
Texas Health and Human Services COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line
Texas Health and Human Services has launched a 24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This new resource offers COVID-19-related mental health support for all Texans. People can call the Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at 833-986-1919. The support line is operated by the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD and offers trauma-informed support and psychological first aid to those experiencing stress and anxiety related to COVID-19. Counseling services are confidential and free of charge to people who call the hotline.
Fort Bend Community Resources for families
Attack Poverty Food Distribution Centers https://attackpoverty.org/covid-19/#distribution-centers
Houston Food Bank food Resources https://www.houstonfoodbank.org/find-help/agency-locator/
Free resources from Calm, the popular meditation app
Tips for the Public on Managing Your Stress from the Texas Department of Health and Human Services
The Self Care Six, practicing emotional, physical, spiritual, mental, practical and social self-care
Self Care Wheel suggestions for ways to take care of yourself
Just for kids: A comic exploring the Coronavirus
NetSmartz is an interactive educational program from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC). They offer age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, downloadable activities, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates.
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