“The advice I’d give to somebody that’s silently struggling is, you don’t have to live that way. You don’t have to struggle in silence. You can be un-silent. You can live well with a mental health condition, as long as you open up to somebody about it, because it’s really important you share your experience with people so that you can get the help that you need.”
Greetings to all!
The toll that stress is taking on our collective and personal mental health cannot be denied. Who among us can say that their nerves aren’t getting right down threadbare at times? That’s why we’ve focused this Buzz on identifying resources responsive to an array of mental health situations and needs. We hope you’ll find them helpful.
Please know that we’ll be sharing additional resources in upcoming Buzz issues and on the Hub website. May these tools help support our own emotional and mental well-being–and that of our children and youth, families and friends, and the many community members we encounter.
Be well, be strong, hold tight!
The CPIR Team
Trauma’s Impact on Children’s Mental Health
Childhood Trauma and COVID-19 (Video)
Concerned about the impact of social distancing and COVID-19 on children and families? Find answers in this live 40-min PBS News Q&A.
Helping Children Who’ve Experienced Trauma
Many on-point resources can be found in CPIR’s resource collection on trauma-informed care, especially in the section entitled “How Parents and Caregivers Can Support and Help Children.”
Resources to Consume and Share
10 Helpful Podcasts About Mental Health
If you’re struggling with anxiety or depression, here are 10 podcasts that may help.
60 Digital Resources for Mental Health
Not to make you go shopping through a long list, but we thought this list might be worth it, given the diversity of people with whom Parent Centers work. Here, you can find phone hotlines and websites devoted to mental conditions such as autism, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and substance abuse, and you can find information and tools specific to the needs of diverse populations, including LGBTQ youth, minorities, women, and veterans.
NIMH’s “Shareable Resources”
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is an excellent resource to consult across the spectrum of mental health disorders and concerns. Parent Centers may find the following two sections of the NIMH website especially useful, both for sharing with families and the community at large and for social messaging and public awareness activities.
Help for Mental Illnesses
(Also available in Spanish)
If you or someone you know has a mental illness, is struggling emotionally, or has concerns about their mental health, these NIMH pages discuss how to get help in a crisis, find a healthcare provider or treatment, decide if a provider is a good fit, and learn more about individual mental disorders.
(Also available in Spanish)
NIMH generously offers materials you can readily share, post, use in social messaging, or spread around the community to raise public awareness. Parent Centers can download and utilize multimedia materials on: coping with COVID-19; bipolar disorders; depression; child and adolescent mental health; eating disorders; suicide prevention; and other specific disabilities such as autism and AD/HD. The link above will give you a search results page that lists all of NIMH’s “shareable resources.” There, you can select the mental health issue most relevant to your concern. If a Spanish-language version of the resource is available, it will be linked next to the resource’s title for your easy access.
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