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Mental Health Resources for Parents and Guardians

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.

Frederick County residents can call 866-411-6803 to reach our local 211 center with general questions about coronavirus or COVID19.

Partnering to Keep Students Safe During Enforced Social Distancing
Public statement of FCPS’s commitment to supporting the safety and mental health of our students during the COVID-19 crisis.

Domains of Wellness
Activities & Links from the Center for Youth Wellness

Taking Care of You & Your Family
A Caregiver's Toolkit from the Center for Youth Wellness

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
National Association of School Psychologists, a trusted and accurate resource

Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to Talk to Your Child
(Clear steps for sharing reliable information in a developmentally appropriate way)

25 Simple Mindfulness Activities Kids Will Actually Want to Do
Practice fun social emotional learning activities at home. Try something new!

We Asked Experts How to Cope With Your Coronavirus Anxiety
"Find a single source of reliable information that is not falsely reassuring but is also not catastrophic."

Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety
"You don’t have to figure it out on your own; reliable, accessible articles to help you take care of your mental health."

Flexibility in the Midst of Crisis
"Think of flexibility as a medicine against anxiety—a medicine that focuses your mind on possibilities rather than deficiencies (such as losing the freedom of movement)."

Talk to Someone.
Call 1-800-985-5990 or txt TalkWithUs to 66747 to connect with a crisis counselor trained in helping people experiencing distress related to natural or human-made disasters.

Parent Guide to Building a Resilient Family
Clear steps and activities on how to develop a resilient mindset for you and your family so that in the face of a personal or family challenge, you find a way to thrive instead of shutting down and giving up.

Activities for Anxious Children
At-home activities including crafts to tackle anxiety, brought to you by The School Counseling Files.

Coping Strategies/Activities for Anxious Children
Ideas on how to calm down with links and videos to support calming techniques.

Coping skill activities and tips for children
Ideas and activities to cope with everyday stressor