Harford County has joined with community partners locally and nationwide to bring informative free online resources for citizens of all ages, including weekly social media posts, suicide prevention training, virtual workshops, and conflict management tools.
Resources include tips for managing stress, recognizing the signs of depression, coping with grief, parenting, and preventing isolation during social distancing.
Ed Lalley Foundation Virtual Meditation Classes Tuesdays, 8:00 a.m. | YouTube 7-Minute Meditation Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. | Facebook Live Presentations The Ed Lally Foundation, which brings awareness and expression to mental health, will be holding free virtual meditation classes and Facebook Live sessions, providing insight and offering coping methods.
Children's Mental Health Matters The Children's Mental Health Matters! campaign brings together non-profits, schools, and other agencies to raise public awareness of the importance of children's mental health and substance use, help reduce the stigma of mental health, and connect families, educators and providers throughout Maryland with resources to help children. See the May Children's Mental Health Calendar for information and activities for children.
Talking to our Children about the Coronavirus This video from NeuroLogic discusses some basic thoughts about how to approach talking with your children about the Coronavirus. We take a brain-based approach to think through what our children are going through and how we can help them through this difficult time.
Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 The National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides information for parents and caregivers about infectious disease outbreaks in your community. Knowing important information about the outbreak and learning how to be prepared can reduce stress and help calm likely anxieties. This resource will help parents and caregivers think about how an infectious disease outbreak might affect their family— both physically and emotionally—and what they can do to help their family cope.
Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers activity ideas to parents and caregivers whose families are sheltering in place, social distancing, and homeschooling due to school closures amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.
Caring for Each Other | Sesame Street Your friends on Sesame Street are here to support you and your family during the COVID-19 health crisis. This site provides content and resources you can use with your family to offer comfort and spark playful learning activities.
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Provides award winning podcasts dealing with addiction and recovery and includes in depth articles and information for subjects such as children of addicts, youth at risk, addiction and recovery tools, and much more.
Social Media & Mental Health Information on the role social media plays in mental health and how excessive use can fuel feelings of anxiety, depression, isolation and FOMO (fear of missing out). Includes tips on how to modify habits and improve mood.
Veteran's Crisis Line A free, confidential resource with specially trained staff experienced in helping veterans of all ages and circumstances.