From the Montville Township School Counseling Department
Supporting Our Children’s Mental and Emotional Health during COVID-19:
Resources for Parents & Guardians
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted nearly every aspect of our daily life, and has presented us with new challenges in dealing with stress, anxiety, grief and loss. As parents and guardians, these challenges include not only caring for ourselves, but for our children, as well.
To help our community navigate these dynamics during this time, the School Counseling Department offers below a list of links to resources geared toward helping parents and guardians support their children and themselves in the following categories: stress and anxiety, grief and loss, and job loss.
For Stress & Anxiety:
The Pandemic Parenting Guide: How to Improve Your Child/Teen’s (and Your Own) Emotional Well-Being in Times of COVID-19
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America has a variety of resources, including one entitled “The Pandemic Parenting Guide: How to Improve Your Child/Teen’s (and Your Own) Emotional Wellbeing in Times of COVID-19” by Dr. Richa Bhatia.
Video: "Tips for Teens Struggling with Anxiety Due to COVID-19"
In this YouTube video from High Focus Centers, Jackie Bramble, LCSW presents “Tips for Parents of Teens Struggling with Anxiety during COVID-19”.
Dealing with Stress, Anxiety, and Grief during COVID-19
In The National Institutes of Health Director’s Blog, Dr. Francis Collins discusses “Dealing with Stress, Anxiety, and Grief during COVID-19.”
Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this contains links to resources for mental and emotional health during the pandemic.
Supporting Students with School Anxiety during COVID-19
This article from Rogers Behavioral Health gives guidance to parents looking to support their children.
Morris County Stigma Free offers a list of links to a variety of resources related to mental health and COVID-19, including a list of virtual recovery meetings.
For Grief and Loss:
COVID-19 Resources & Updates
Good Grief is running virtual support groups for families and has resources that give guidance on how to explain the pandemic and its consequences to children.
Managing Grief During a Pandemic
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has a variety of resources, including a link to “Managing Grief during a Pandemic” by Doreen Marshall, Ph.D.
Home | Imagine
Imagine provides grief support for NJ children age 3-18 who are coping with loss due to the death of a parent or sibling or children who have a parent or sibling living with a life-altering illness. They also provide grief support for young adults ages 18-30 and for adults 30-50.
New Jersey Mental Health Cares
NJ MentalHealthCares is a website that has resources for those looking for emotional help during COVID-19.
COVID-19 Resources around Grief and Loss
Article: “9 Suggestions for Helping Children and Teens to Cope with Grief and Worry Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic”
Daily Self-Care Questions During COVID-19 Crisis |Counseling, addiction, housing, senior and youth services for Morris and Passaic counties New Jersey
NewBridge Services is a premier provider of counseling services, housing and educational programs in northern New Jersey. Links are provided to a variety of articles about helping families deal with stress, anxiety, and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic, including information from the Traumatic Loss Coalition for Youth.
COVID-19 Pandemic Resources
From the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, this resource has links to a variety of presentations, including one on talking to and supporting children during the pandemic.
What's Your Grief: Home
This resource has links to a variety of subtopics on grief and loss, including ones specific to COVID-19, like being unable to be with a dying family member.
For Job Loss:
Coping with the Emotional Impact of a Layoff
Article: “Coping with the Emotional Impact of a Layoff” via Stanford University.
How To Cope With Job Loss During Covid-19
An Article via One Medical