You may have noticed some changes in your child's behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic stay at home order. This video explains how those behaviors could indicate increasing distress for your child. (2:32)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Families
Here are valuable resources to know during the COVID-19 pandemic.
PACER Developed Resources
Support your child during the Covid-19 pandemic by considering what their behavior tells you about what they need and how to respond proactively and positively. (3:02)
Social distancing is one way to mange the COVID-19 pandemic. This video talks about the importance of staying connected as a way to provide comfort and support to your child during this difficult time. (2:47)
Parents and caregivers are so busy supporting their children during this pandemic that they may forget to practice self-care for themselves. This video offers a few suggestions on developing gratitude muscles as a way to practice self-care. (3:43)
By creating and maintaining daily activities and times to connect we can support our children during challenging times. Here are six tips to consider when creating a schedule that works for your whole family. (2:49)
Children and teens need the opportunity to make decisions and have choices to develop self-advocacy, problem-solving, and other important skills. This is especially true during this time of social distancing. This video provides information and examples of how offering choices can positively support your child during this difficult time. (2:22)
Darcey shares how she is coping with staying home during the COVID-19 Outbreak. She is a member of PACER Center’s Youth Advisory Board for the Children’s Mental Health and Emotional or Behavioral Disorders Project. (0:48)
- COVID-19 Distance Learning and Challenging Behaviors
Almost overnight, the COVID-19 pandemic transformed our educational system. Transitioning to a distance learning model is just one of the adjustments families have had to make without warning or preparation. Expectations for learning, communication with the school, the amount of time and help that children need from parents or caregivers to learn at home, and setting up a home environment that supports learning can be overwhelming and challenging.
- Supporting Your Child’s Mental Health and Emotional Wellness During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Many parents and caregivers are experiencing an increase in stress, fear, and anxiety from their child or teen during the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Children and teens are more likely to have challenging behaviors during natural disasters that disrupt their daily lives. Adjusting to distance learning, being isolated from friends, loss of routine, and anxiety about the future can trigger negative behavior as the child struggles to find ways to control the world around them.
- Youth Activity Board Postcard
This summer our Youth Advisory Board on Mental Health found new ways to work together virtually and create solutions to help us all stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can download the FREE postcard they created "Survive & Thrive" and send it to someone you want to stay connected to.
- Mental Health Tips and Colorsheet
Sometimes simple everyday activities we do with our child provide an enormous amount of support. Here is a coloring sheet designed to help you connect with your child and help them think about how they are feeling, as well as, practical everyday tips for self-care.
Immediate Mental Health Help and Support
- Wellness in the Woods
Peer-to-peer telephone support. A safe and supportive place for people to call and speak with peers who are there to listen and support adults experiencing emotional distress.
- Call or text 844-739-6369 between 5 p.m. and 9 a.m.
- Minnesota phone numbers for crisis support (services available 24/7)
- Calling from a cell phone: Dial **CRISIS (274747)
- Text from a cell phone: MN to 741 741
- Calling from a land line:
Children's mental health crisis response phone numbers by county
Adult mental health crisis response phone numbers by county
- Metro Children's Crisis Response Services
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
- The Trevor Project
Call 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678. A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SAMHSA staffs a National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889, a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.
- Disaster Distress Helpline
Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) provides crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including public health emergencies.
- Disaster Distress Helpline
Minnesota-specific Information About COVID-19
- Minnesota Department Of Health
- Minnesota Department of Education
- Minnesota State Emergency Operations Center (Statewide news updates and hotline)
- Metro: 651-297-1304
- Greater Minnesota: 1-800-657-3504
- Minnesota Department of Human Services
- University of Minnesota Extension Support
Federal Resources and Information
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Agency
Organizations That Support Families and Children
- World Health Organization
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Harvard Graduate School of Education
- Child Mind Institute
- Partnership for Drug Free Kids
Helpful information for parents to support their child during the pandemic
- Short video for parents on talking to your child about COVID-19
- My Hero Is You (a storybook to help children understand COVID-19 in English, Spanish and other languages
- Supporting Families with PBIS at Home
- COVIBOOK by Manuela Molina
Supporting and reassuring children around the world, this inline book is available in 19 languages and is recommended for children 7 and under
- Cosmic Kids