As we all deal with implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to remember the additional stress it places on our youth. We have compiled and are sharing a list of resources for families, counselors, educators, and other community members, to help address the additional pressures, stresses, and changes our youth are encountering during this challenging time.
Research shows that youth turn to substances for a number of reasons — stress, loneliness, and periods of transitions are some of the leading causes that can trigger unhealthy choices. We know you are concerned about keeping children safe and healthy, we will continue to add to these tools and resources, so please check back often.
Casco Bay CAN Coalition members recognize how resilient youth are and we thank them in this video!
Casco Bay region kids are doing their part to keep their community safe and healthy. We realize these times have been particularly difficult for them as they haven’t been able to attend school, participate in events with their friends, or explore their world in new and exciting ways – all of the things that kids love. Share this video with your teen and let them know others in the community care and are here for them too.
Child Mind Institute
An abundance of articles on COVID – 19 including Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
Dr. John Duffy
Television interview with Dr. Duffy gives his medical advice on how to adapt and stay calm during an anxiety-inducing time.
Works to help students with learning and thinking differences, several resources under
Coronavirus: Latest Updates and Tips
A Meditation for Feeling as Safe as You Reasonably Can with Rick Hansen, PhD
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Corona Anxiety Helpful Tips and Tools
211 now available to answer general questions about COVID-19
Available by dialing 211 (or 1-866-811-5695), texting your ZIP code to 898-211, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Meditation app offering some free meditations to reduce COVID-19 stress
Grit Digital Health and Nod
App helping students build social connections to reduce loneliness
Article with coping strategies
Well Being Resources from the University of Michigan
Fun relaxing videos great for study break
Core Power Yoga on Demand – Free!
National Alliance on Mental Health
COVID -19 Information and Resources
Breathe App – Free!
Combats stress/anxiety, acting as a natural tranquillizer for your nervous system. It takes just over a minute and can be done anywhere.
Mindfulness videos for kids
Resources and suggestions for teens on how to take care of themselves and each other.
Teen Virtual Get-Togethers or Programming Ideas
Plan your get together or program as you typically would, you’ll need a program plan and marketing to let attendees know about it. Use Zoom Video Numbers (first come first serve), Skype, Kast, or FaceTime Group Video Calls.
YMCA of Southern Maine: Virtual group exercises and kids classes schedules
YMCA of Southern Maine: Activities and curriculum for various ages
COVID-19 Well-Being Toolkit and Resources: Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin has a wealth of resources for parents, educators, and students
Hey Sigmund: Karen Young is an expert on anxiety in children. Lots of resources here for parents
What Teachers in China Have Learned in the Past Month: Interesting article from George Lucus Foundation
Greater Good Magazine: Several great articles including How to Help Teens Shelter in Place, Guide to Well Being during Coronavirus, and more
Ten Percent Happier: Coronavirus Sanity Guide includes actionable ways of coping including meditations, podcasts, blogs
International OCD Foundation: Resources for the OCD and related disorders community during the COVID-19 outbreak
Shatterproof Addiction Education Platform: Guidance on how to help loved ones and find treatment
Natural High Playlist: Videos about natural highs with prompts for family discussion
Partnership for Drug Free Kids: Confidential Helpline for families
National Association of School Psychologists: Information, guidelines, and resources to help support the learning and well-being of students, their families and others in the school community during the COVID-19 crisis
Love is Louder: A wonderful resource from the JED Foundation for college students featuring Stay Calm, Stay Active, Stay Connected resources
Healthy Minds App – Free: Train your mind and rewire your brain to experience less stress, more focus
Addiction Policy – Free: App to Support People in Recovery During COVID-19 Outbreak
Coping During COVID-19 Resources for Parents: Live Facebook chats daily
Hey Sigmund – Video Library: General anxiety videos with tools to help for all ages: