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.

Resources for parents/caregivers, including children and young adults with special needs

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused parents and caregivers to be stretched in many ways- children at home with virtual learning, loss of routines, work demands or loss of employment, coupled with  less opportunities for exercise/recreation and connection with extended family and  friends.  Maintaining social and emotional health and wellness can be challenging for parents/caregivers at this time.  This is especially true for families of children with behavioral health needs or other exceptionalities.

Here you will find national and local resources to support you and your family through these challenging times.


Cap4Kids.org
Here you will find information on food banks, housing, basic needs, and tips for parenting during COVID-19

PCCY.org
PCCY has created a COVID Toolkit for parents.  Here you will find health, education, eviction help, and food sources for your family.

Philadelphia Department of Public Health- multi-language resource for families
Información sobre el COVID-19 en español

SEAMAAC-Covid-19 information
SEAMMAC stands as one of the oldest and largest refugee-founded agencies in the region. Find COVID-19 information translated into Vietnamese, Indonesian, and other Southeast Asian languages.

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.

ASERT-Bringing autism resources together
ASERT has compiled resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

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.

Family Support

Office of Families & Children, City of Philadelphia
You are not alone. Find resources and support for your family during COVID-19.

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.

Local Philadelphia Family Peer Behavioral Health Support Programs:

  • Philadelphia Family Voices-information and peer support for families of children with behavioral health concerns, including autism.   (484) 228-1229
  • DBHIDS Family Member Committee Advisory Committee: group of parents and caregivers who are raising or have raised children with behavioral health needs in Philadelphia. Email.

Here are some online resources to help with fighting boredom with fun activities for kids, managing children’s behavior, concerns with anxiety or depression, and managing stress including self-care for parents and other caregivers.

Health and wellness tips for parents with young children during COVID-19

Mood-Boosting Tips for Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Mental wellness toolkit for parents including meditation and holistic approaches

Articles on how to support children and tips for self -care for parents

Tips for managing behavior during COVID

Activities for children, by age and grade level