COVID-19 and Family Mental Health | MGH Clay Center

Coronavirus and Family Mental Health

More than a year later, feelings of anxiety and uncertainty about coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and disruptions to life as we know it continue to affect us all . To help manage our mental health and emotional well-being, and that of our children, teens, and young adults, we must continue to take it one day at a time. Below are resources to support your family’s mental health.

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Prioritizing Parent Mental Health

In order to support your child or teen’s mental well-being, you need to take care of your own. The JED Foundation joins us in this special Q+A to help parents prioritize their mental health. Watch the recording or read the transcript.

Guide to Mental Health Resources for COVID-19

From our Psychiatry Department, topics include: General Mental Health & Coping; Specific Mental Health Conditions; Families & Children; Mindfulness & Other Tools.

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One Year Later: Young Adults and COVID-19

During COVID-19, the mental health toll on young adults may be bigger than we realize. Tune in for advice from our docs on how to support them, including ways to help them maintain a sense of purpose.

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One Year Later: Back-to-School Anxiety During COVID-19

School and life, one year later, comes with new COVID-19 concerns and anxiety for kids, parents, and teachers alike. Tune in for the conversation, and view our Media List for more resources.

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How to Help Kids Cope With Situational Anxiety

Are the kids in your life showing signs of emotional distress due to the pandemic? Learn how to help them manage.

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How to Help Young People Cope With Grief and Loss During COVID-19

Tips to help children and teens manage various kinds of grief, and transform those feelings into positivity.

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Parenting Through Community Crises & Disasters – Handbook and Video

These materials blend the shared wisdom of nearly 400 parents from Boston and surrounding communities, with MGH experts in child development and emotional health.

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Self-Care for Resilience – Resources for the Whole Family

One way to manage stress is to build self-care activities into daily life. From expert advice to voices from young people, here are ideas on how to start for kids and teens, parents, and teachers.

7 Ways to Support Kids and Teens Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

Strategies to support kids of all ages, including how to frame conversations based on age.

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Clay Center Podcasts

Listen to our podcast episodes on supporting family mental health during the pandemic. Search for “Shrinking It Down” wherever you get your podcasts, or tune in below:

One Year Later – Young Adults and COVID-19


One Year Later – Back-to-School Anxiety During Covid


The Nuts and Bolts of Telepsychiatry, featuring Janet Wozniak, MD


The Power of Community Health During COVID-19, featuring Mary Lyons-Hunter, PsyD


 Managing Family Conflict During Covid, featuring J. Stuart Ablon, PhD


COVID-19 and College Students, featuring Khadijah Booth Watkins, MD


News Media Resources

Take a Mental Health Break!

This is important for any time, but especially now. Try to take at least one mental health break, every day. Even 10 minutes can make a difference. 

  • MGH Be Fit Meditations (Wellness at MGH) – Engage your senses, belly breathe, or relax, ground and clear. A series of 17 free mediations great for teens, young adults, and adults.  
  • Free Audio Stories for Children and Teens (Audible) – Stories help. They Entertain. They teach. They keep young minds active, engaged, and alert. 
  • Illuminated Collage Home Activity (MGH Clay Center) – This interactive art activity helps you  open family conversations about mental health, while creating a beautiful window collage to brighten your room. 
  • Cosmic Kids Yoga YouTube Channel – Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed especially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world. 
  • Yoga With Adriene YouTube Channel – All levels, all bodies, all genders, all souls! Perfect for adults, young adults, and teens. 


Share Your Story

How is your family finding the silver lining of the challenges you face? Please share your story – we’d love to share it with others to help keep the hope going!

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