Help and support for Parents during COVID-19

MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA (MHA)

. . . has developed a FREE 2020 Back to School Toolkit to help students, parents, and school personnel navigate the uncharted territory of COVID-19. “Many children who return to school will be lonely, having been isolated for months. Many who remain at home will feel even lonelier and more isolated as they see members of their peer group out and about.  Loneliness can translate to poor sleep, high blood pressure, greater risk of suicidal ideation, and even alcohol and drug use. Depression, anxiety, and fear can also increase.” 

This is true for all age groups. This means that this year, we all – parents, teachers, caregivers, students – need to attend to our mental well-being more consciously than ever before.

(Back to School materials from prior years)

TRANSITION AGE MOBILE CRISIS

Transition Age Mobile Crisis is a short-term service that will respond by phone within 1 hour and attempt face-to-face contact in 24 hours to assess, stabilize, and link families to available supports and services while offering side-by-side support. Referrals can come from provider agencies, Courts, Schools, Self-referrals, CYS, etc.

Have Questions? Young people who are experiencing a crisis (and their family members) are encouraged to call us at 724-630-5189.

Free Online Resources for Families!

NAMI Basics Now Online As “Basics On Demand” Or Local In Person Sessions!

NAMI Basics is a 6-session education program for parents, caregivers and other family who provide care for youth (ages 22 and younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms. This program is free to participants, 99% of whom say they would recommend the program to others. NAMI Basics is available both in person and online through NAMI Basics OnDemand.

The OnDemand program is also guided by parents and family members with lived experience but is self-paced and available 24/7. OnDemand offers the flexibility of participating in the course on your schedule. Both formats provide identical information, strategies and the opportunity to connect with other parents and caregivers.

The in-person course is taught by a trained team with lived experience raising a child with a mental health condition. They know what you’re going through because they’ve been there too.   To register for a local class in person class with NAMI Thurston-Mason please click here.

PA Parent and Family Alliance

(Over 400 Home Together Resources)

Thank you to the generous companies, agencies and generally nice people who are sharing their services and compiling lists. Remember, we’ll get through this together!

Virtual Solutions to learning and support are available for every age group!

We’ve listed a few options to moving forward and hope they are helpful to you and your family!

Exploring Your Child’s Emotions

Promoting Children’s Mental Health

Free “Explore Your Emotions” coloring and activity book for kids and parents

Free “Explore Your Emotions” tip sheet for parents and caregivers 

The coloring books promote practical ways for children to share their
feelings with trusted adults in support of their healthy development.

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(Easter Seals – Illinois Autism Partnership)
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