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Mental Health: Coping during a Global Pandemic
You’ve heard it before - we’re social beings and we thrive on predictability. Gathering together in routine ways is reassuring. However, essential responses to COVID-19 mean that routines have changed, social distancing is necessary, and we’re inundated with ongoing news of the crisis. It’s unsettling at best, dysregulating at worst, and we need to address the anxiety and sadness. Now more than ever, let’s take time to practice and promote active and effective steps to foster good mental health for our children and ourselves.
Above, Lynne Davis, Coordinator, Mental Health Services and Courtnay Hatcher, School Psychologist discuss mental health awareness.
Above, Mia Martinez, Student Member of the Board of Education and Sam Starrs, Student, Oakdale High School, discuss mental health issues affecting students.
- Help for Maryland Youth: 1-800-422-0009, Crisis Chat: https://www.help4mdyouth.org/chat/
- Child Protective Services (CPS): 301-600-2464. Provides help for physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect.
- Crisis Services: Dial 2-1-1. Help when you feel really anxious or really depressed and need someone to talk with so that you can stay safe.
- Maryland anonymous tip line: 1-833-632-7233. Report threats or situations that put your safety, or the safety of others, at risk.
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255, https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ Help if you are thinking about suicide.
- Nacional de Prevenció del Suicidio - En Español: 1-888-628-9454
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline - Deaf Community: 1-800-799-4889
- National Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, Text 838255
- Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990. Immediate crisis counseling for people who are experienceing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.
Resources for Families
- Walk-In Behavioral Health Services Poster
- Walk-In Behavioral Health Services Information Flier
- Taking Care of You & Your Family
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to Talk to Your Child
- Parent Guide to Building a Resilient Family
- How to Help Children Build Resilience in Uncertain Times
- Partnering to Keep Students Safe During Enforced Social Distancing
- Less Yelling, More Calm
- Self-Care Tips for Families
- COVID-19 3Ps of Resilience
- Take a Free Online Mental Health Screening
Resources and Activities for Children
- Anxiety Disorders Facts for Educators
- We Asked Experts How to Cope With Your Coronavirus Anxiety
- Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety
- Flexibility in the Midst of Crisis
- Strategies for Accepting Uncertainty During COVID
- The Frederick Center's Youth Services Programs
- GLBT National Help Center
- GLBT National Youth Talk Line
- GLBT National Online Peer-Support Chat
- The Trevor Project
- Trans Lifeline Peer Support Hotline 1-877-565-8860
- CDC LGBTQ Youth Resources
- The Importance of Gender Affirming Care for Transgender and Gender Expansive Youth
MD Department of Health Resources