Mental Health Resources for Parents
Maintaining Mental Health During COVID-19
While change and uncertainty are a part of everyday life, the drastic shifts that we’re expected to make as a result of COVID-19 are creating a lot of stress for many of us. Stress can affect our mental health and not managed, can influence our mood, relationships with others, our decision-making skills, and overall productivity. There are several things that you can do to reduce stress and support the mental health of your family members during this unprecedented time. Here are some suggestions from LVJUSD Psychologist, Dr. Liisa Hanninen-Danner, for how you and your family can maintain mental health during COVID-19:
- Routine: Most of us function best when we maintain a regular routine. During the Shelter-in-Place period, it may be tempting to ease up on routines. However, to support your family’s mental health, be sure to stick to a regular bedtime and wake time, eat meals at consistent times, and stick to a schedule for “school time.
- Practice Mindfulness: Practicing mindfulness helps children and youth become aware of their emotions and regulate their emotions and behavior. See our mindfulness webpage for videos, books and other mindfulness resources. There are also several excellent mindfulness apps for download to your smartphone or tablet.
- Pay Attention to Your Behavior: Know that your children will, most likely, pick up on any fears, worry, and anxiety the adults in the home are feeling about the pandemic. For tips on how not to pass along your anxiety to your child. Read what the Child Mind Institute has to say about not passing parent’s anxiety on to children.
- Limit TV & Online News Coverage: Watching television and online news coverage can be scary even for adults. Children haven’t yet fully developed the thinking and reasoning skills necessary to understand and process the current situation, so be sure to limit your child’s access to television and online news coverage.
- Incorporate Daily Positive Practices: Activities such as posting a running list of what your family members are grateful for, helping an elderly relative or neighbor who’s not able to run essential errands, exercising, playing calming music in your home, or simply taking a break will go a long way in reducing stress and supporting your family’s mental health during this time.
Supporting Our Children During
Click above to see a collection of videos made by our Kid Connection staff to help children and parents address some common challenges experienced at home during this time. Videos and parent tips are available for the following topics:
- Being Aware of Your Emotions
- Dealing with Anger
- Dealing with Boredom
- Emotional Regulation/ Self-Control
- Setting a Goal
- Solving a Problem
Access to Mental Health Services
Take advantage of the online and virtual therapy resources offered through Care Solace.
- Their assistance is available 24/7 and is FREE to all LVJUSD students, families and staff.
- Click on the Care Solace link (caresolace.com/lvjusdfamilies) to get connected or call 1-888-515-0595 to speak to a Care Concierge team member.
- Using the link allows for support in multiple languages.
Horizons Family Counseling is currently available for support by calling 925-371-4747.