Social/Emotional and Mental Health Resources
Many families are struggling with the challenges of parenting during the pandemic. Our team is sharing below what they feel to be the most helpful information.
Please see the links to resources below:
- COVID-19 Mental Wellness_SMH 3.12.20
- COVID-19 Parent Resources NASP
- NYC WELL – Talk. Text. Chat. 24/7 Connection to mental health support is free and confidential. Talk- 1-888-692-9355 Text-WELL to 65173 Chat- nyc.gov/nycwell
- The Samaritans Suicide Prevention Hotline – (212) 673-3000 24 hours/7 days a week community-based, completely confidential.
- List of excellent resources compiled by our Guidance Team. This is a dynamic document that will grow as our team adds information, so check back frequently.
- Adult SEL Resources compiled by DOE
- 6-12 SEL Resources compiled by DOE
- K-5 SEL Resources compiled by DOE
- Trauma Smart NYC Resource List
Social-Emotional Resources Compiled by DOE Central for Families
- Social Emotional Learning (SEL) for Parents: this video aims to provide families with insights on SEL in their own parenting practices in order to support their children’s social and emotional know-how.
- How to Handle Corona Virus Anxiety: video about understanding and supporting individuals through anxiety-related to COVID-19
- Resources for Support Children’s Emotional Well-Being during the COVID-19 Pandemic: resources for parents and students on staying healthy and how to talk about COVID-19
Strategies for Talking to Your Kids About COVID-19
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource (National Association of School Psychologists): Available in multiple languages
- Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus (Child Mind Institute)
- How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus: Early Childhood (Pbs.org)
- Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus (NPR)
- Talking to Teens and Tweens About Coronavirus (New York Times)
Resources for Coping with Stress & Anxiety
- SEL Resources for Parents (Collaborative for Academic & Social-Emotional Learning)
- How Mindfulness Can Help during COVID-19 (Child Mind Institute)
- Helping Children Cope pgs. 4 & 5 (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
- Meditation Apps for Kids
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for School Communities (Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence)
Child Mind Institute- Supporting Families During COVID-19
Click here to access resources for parents that may be struggling to balance work, child care, and self-care while keeping worries under control.
Mental Health Support New Yorkers Can Access While Staying Home
New Yorkers can access a range of mental health services by phone or online. Visit Thrive NYC for a list of free health services for New Yorkers, regardless of insurance coverage or immigration status.
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer Updates: Encourage your families to subscribe to MBP Gale Brewer’s Newsletter for weekly (some times daily) updates on COVID-19 and city-wide resources for families. Families can subscribe to MBP Gale Brewer's Newsletter here.
Getting Some Exercise
- Move-to-Improve World Beats: Produced by Hip Hop Public Health in collaboration with the DOE, the Move-to-Improve World Beats album reflects the diverse communities of New York City and is free to download. Each track comes with recommendations on movements to incorporate.
- Hip Hop Public Health HYPE at Home: Continue the dance party with HYPE at Home and master moves like the side slide and the dribble bounce by following along to Hip Hop Public Health choreographers.
- BOKS: Join BOKS for live workouts on Facebook every weekday at noon. For at-home activity packs, visit the BOKS website.
- GoNoodle: Find movement, yoga, and meditation videos on GoNoodle’s Good Energy at Home page.
- Playworks: Students can participate in virtual recess at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. on Facebook live.
- Yoga Foster: Free Yoga Foster resources include live yoga classes and meditation videos in both English and Spanish.
Resources for dealing with Racial Injustice
Resources for dealing with Racial Injustice
- Mental Health Issues Facing the Black Community from Sunshine Behavioral Health
- Legacies of Pain and Resilience: Clinical Implications for Understanding Historical Trauma and Race (Webinar)
- Addressing Historical Trauma (Black Boys and Men Podcast)
- Race, Racism, & Clinical Practice (Digital Resource Guide)
- How Racism Impacts those We Serve and How We Serve: Are We Meeting Participants Where They Are? (Webinar)
- Race-based Traumatic Stress and Psychological Injury (Webinar)
- Race and Trauma:The Role of Racial Trauma in Psychotherapy (Webinar)
- Race, Poverty & Trauma: Microaggressions and the Therapeutic Alliance (Webinar)
- Police Brutality & Trauma (Black Boys and Men Podcast)
- Raising Our Black Sons: A Mother’s Perspective (Black Boys and Men Podcast)
- Resilience and Steps Forward (Black Boys and Men Podcast)
- The Social Determinants of Health: Connecting the Dots (Digital Resource Guide)
- Identity, Bias, and Cultural Humility: Connecting to Ourselves and Others (Webinar)
- #BlackLivesMatter: K-8 Distance Learning Activities for Justice for George Floyd
- Junior Scholastic: Learning Activities for Justice for George Floyd
As your school community navigates how to support students and families in having much-needed conversations regarding race, identity and privilege we wanted to provide additional resources from the Office of Safety and Youth Development’s Respect for All Initiative:
- Table Talk: Family Conversations about Current Events: George Floyd, Racism, and Law Enforcement
- A Conversation About Growing Up Black | Op-Docs | The New York Times
- A Conversation With My Black Son | Op-Docs | The New York Times
- Teaching about Racism, Violence, Inequity and the Criminal Justice System (Collection of resources)
- A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice
- Race Talk: Engaging Young People in Conversations about Race and Racism
- The Hate U Give – Discussion Guide for Families
- 10 Ways Youth Can Engage in Activism
- TedTalk: The Danger of A Single Story
- "Talking About Race" by the National Museum of African American History & Culture
- Broad definition/terms for what it means when we say we strive to be antiracist