09/16/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/16/2020 13:18
Get immediate help in a crisis and find a health care provider or treatment for substance use disorder and mental health.
Children and young people can be particularly overwhelmed by stress related to a traumatic event, like the COVID-19 pandemic. They may show stress through increased anxiety, fear, sadness or worry. When children and young people are struggling to cope with stress, they may exhibit unhealthy eating or sleeping habits, changes in activity level, substance use or other risk behaviors, and difficulty with attention and concentration.
Parents, caregivers, and other trusted adults can serve as sources of social connectedness; they can provide stability, support, and open communication. They can also help children and young people express the many different feelings and thoughts on their mind.
Here are some quick ideas for how to get conversations started with children and young people about how they are feeling and what they are struggling with regarding COVID-19. You don't have to use these exact words-you know best how to speak with your child, adolescent or youth. In addition, how we talk to children and young people varies depending on their age and developmental level.
Some of these conversation starters are used in Psychological First Aid (PFA)pdf icon external icon - an approach commonly used among disaster survivors to cope with trauma. PFA can be useful for parents to help children and young people cope by enabling and maintaining environments that promote safety, calmness, connectedness to others, self-efficacy (empowerment), and hopefulness. Remember: It's okay not to have an answer, just being there to listen in a non-judgmental way can be helpful!
Below are some resources to help you learn more about PFA and other tools for parents and caregivers to help children and young people cope.
STEM and Other Activity Ideas
Let's get creative! Here are a few ideas on how to have fun while learning how to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19. These resources may be useful for children and adolescents ages 6-17 years.
CDC has different resources for families to help their children be ready for emergencies. These resources may be useful for children and adolescents ages 6-17 years.
Get Immediate Help in a Crisis
Children, young people, and adults may experience increased stress during this pandemic. Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. These resources may be useful for parents and other caregivers, as well as older children and young people.
Get immediate help in a crisis
Find a health care provider or treatment for substance use disorder and mental health
Other Information Resources
CDC and its federal partners have diverse web resources that can help parents and other caregivers, teachers, and other adults support children and young people's social, emotional, mental, and physical well-being: