Resources and Guides
- Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19 (from the National Association of School Psychologists)
- HandholdMA.org: (family friendly help with mental health)
- Designed for Massachusetts parents who are worried about their school-aged children’s mental health and what next steps can they take.
- Their "Should I Worry" tool can help gauge if and when your student may need additional support.
- Be a Learning Hero (free resources to help families support their kids’ learning at home)
- Understanding Screen Addiction and Responsible Digital Use
Exercise and Physical Activity
- PE with Joe
- Get the family together to do one or more of these workout videos with PE teacher and fitness coach Joe. You can do these inside or outside.
- SHAPE America
- This website has lots of K-12 resources, self-care tips, and health education!
Helplines and Resources
- Parental Stress Line (1-800-632-8188)
- Free, confidential, and anonymous helpline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Trained volunteer counselors offer a way to relieve stress and offer support to anyone seeking it no matter how big or small. Counselors can also share information and resources.
- Translation services are provided.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255 for English; 1-888-628-9454 for Spanish)
- Provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- You can also connect with a counselor online using the Lifeline Chat service.
- SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990)
- Provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year confidential crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. This service is available in English and Spanish.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522)
- National Child Abuse Hotline (call or text 1-800-422-4453)
- Local Behavioral Health Emergency Services Program and Mobile Crisis Intervention (1-800-981-4357)
- They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- They are working within the protocols of the state right now, but anyone who calls will be provided with support as they are available to help.
- Massachusetts Department of Mental Health