COVID-19- Mental Health Awareness and Resources

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major effect on our lives. Along with the physical health consequences of COVID-19, we can also experience mental health challenges that take a toll on our well-being. Here you will find tips, suggestions and strategies to cope and manage as best you can.


Five Ways to stay mentally healthy during the COVID-19 Pandemic

This two-minute video serves as a reminder of how we can make our mental health a priority!

HelpGuide.org

If you are feeling trapped, isolated, or anxious to get back to a normal life, visit this website to find a helpful ‘mental health toolkit’ with tips, suggestions and recommendations on how to stay as mentally healthy as you can during these challenging times.

Psych Central

Psych Central is an independent mental health information and news website. Psych Central is overseen by mental health professionals who create and oversee all the content published on the site. You can search for any mental health topic on this site, including information related to coping with the stress and anxiety caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

CDC-Loss of a loved one

If you have lost a loved one, here are some suggestions on actions you can take to help you cope with feelings of grief after the loss.

HHS.Gov

Here you will find information on coping and staying mentally healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. This website offers helpful resources and videos for all ages.

CDC.gov

Many of us are facing challenges that can be stressful, overwhelming, and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but they can make us feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. Learning to cope with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and those around you become more resilient. See parenting coping tips here.

Office of Families & Children, City of Philadelphia

You are not alone. Find resources and support for your family during COVID-19.


Resources for parents of individuals with special needs

Aid in PA.org

Autism & Intellectual Disabilities in PA has created a comprehensive road map for families and caregivers to determine their loved ones strengths, needs and readiness to return to community life.

PAAutism.org

Join the PA Family Network Advisors to discuss family experiences and the impact of COVID-19 on our lives. This is an opportunity to network with other families, share questions and concerns, as well as get the latest updates from the Office of Developmental Programs.

Mayo Clinic.org

Parenting a child with special needs or chronic conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic requires drawing on your strengths and returning to the basics. Learn more here.

Autism Focused Intervention Resources & Modules (AFIRM)

AFIRM has created a COVID-19 toolkit that includes 7 support strategies designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with autism during this period of uncertainty. We encourage you to also view the comprehensive full packet (PDF version) found on this page.