Coronavirus and Family Mental Health | MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds

Coronavirus and Family Mental Health

Feelings of anxiety and uncertainty about coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are affecting us all, along with major disruptions to life as we know it.

To help stop the pandemic, we can all do our part by staying at home if we’re able, and physically distancing ourselves from others if we must leave home. To help manage our emotional well-being, and that of our children, teens, and young adults, we must do our best to take this one day at a time. View the resources below for guidance.

MGH and Clay Center Resources

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.

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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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.

Supporting College Students During the Covid-19 Crisis

This video presentation shares ways for parents and faculty educators to support college students through the many stresses they’re facing, including the loss of structure in their lives.

Pandemic 2020: Our Stuck at Home Guide to Food, Fun, and Conversation

Spending more time with immediate family may be one of the only silver linings during this very stressful time.

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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 support young people in managing stress is to help them build self-care activities into daily life. From expert advice to voices from young people, here are ideas on how to start.

Clay Center Podcasts

Listen to our podcast episodes on managing family mental health through the pandemic. Search for “Shrinking It Down” wherever you get your podcasts:

COVID-19: Mental Health Check-In

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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