Updated: Apr 8, 2020
In anticipation of the increase in stressors in the weeks ahead, each day this week I'll be providing resources specific to some area of need: parents, elderly, frontline workers, substance use, and domestic violence.
Today's focus is on parents. We are all living in unprecedented times. The challenge of accepting high levels of uncertainty paired with this pandemic impacts everyone across the lifespan.The CDC has some excellent guides for how anxiety and/or depression manifest in children. You can find them under the heading Caring for Children at:
Additionally, the Metrowest Boston-based organization, Riverside Community Services, put together this useful guide for how to best support children through these challenging times:
And finally, if the safety of your child or your family is uncertain during these times, in addition to contacting 911 in the event of an emergency, you can also utilize SAMHSA's (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) 24/7 Disaster Distress Helpline.
Text TALKWITHUS to 66746
In MA, you can also contact the Department of Children and Families if you or a child you know about is experiencing abuse: 781-641-8500. Its website also provides some valuable resources to address your and your child's mental wellbeing during this crisis.