The pandemic has increased stress for families including disrupted routines, financial strain, and conflicts with family and friends. Talking to children and teens about how to cope is important for their peace of mind and yours.
For information on how to talk to teens and children about COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control Parental Resources Kit.
If you think your child is in imminent danger of self-harm:
- 24/7 Emergency Hotlines:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK for English, 1-888-628-9454 for Spanish
- Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741741
- Search for your County’s Department of Mental Health online or in a phone book
Parents also need to take care of their own mental health needs. Be sure to schedule breaks for yourself, walk around the block, meditate or breathe deeply, perhaps call a friend. Take time for yourself.
For what parents need to know, visit Stanford Medicine Children's Health.
For more information on teens and mental health during COVID-19, go to Youth Suicide Research Consortium.