RESOURCES for STUDENTS, FAMILIES, and EDUCATORS

Sandy Hook Promise: How to Talk to Young People in the Aftermath of Shootings, Helping Children Cope with a Gun Violence TragedyComo Ayudar A Los Niños A Enfrentar Una Tragedia De Violencia Armada

Colorín Colorado: 15 Tips for Talking with Children About Violence15 Consejos Para Hablar Con Los Niños Sobre La Violencia

Child Development Institute: How to Talk to Kids About Violence

Child Mind Institute: Helping Children Cope with Frightening NewsCómo Ayudar A Los Niños A Afrontar Noticias Alarmantes

American Psychological Association: Helping Your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting

CDC: Coping with Disaster. English and Spanish

Somerville Public Schools: Social Story for children birth to 5 years. "When Things Feel Terrible: A Social Story to Help during Hard Times." by Amy Bamforth in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole

 

Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Adolescent Mental Health, LGBTQ Youth Resources

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Talk About Mental Health

Second Step: COVID-19 Support - Resources for Educators and Families

National Alliance on Mental Health—Massachusetts: A helpful step-by-step guide for navigating a mental health crisis for yourself or someone you know. 

Massachusetts Department of Mental Health: Hand Hold: Help your child deal with strong feelings. “Life can be tough, especially for our kids. You might be noticing your child is struggling in new ways, or that old problems are getting worse. But what can you do right now to help your child with their mental health? We’ve curated a collection of resources that you can try at home today and organizations that we know can help.”

Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline: The Helpline is the only statewide, public resource for finding substance use treatment, recovery, and problem gambling services. Helpline services are free and confidential. Caring, trained Specialists will help you understand the treatment system and your options. 800-327-5050

Cambridge Health Alliance: Psychiatry Emergency Services “When you or someone you love has a psychiatric emergency, you need expert care right away.”

Riverside Community Care: Child and Family Services

William James College: Interface Referral Service The William James INTERFACE Referral Service, ​offered through the Freedman Center, is a mental health and wellness referral helpline that is a free, confidential referral service for residents of participating communities, including Somerville. Callers from these participating communities are matched with licensed mental health providers from our extensive database, on average, within 2 weeks of their call (not including existing waitlists for that provider). Available Monday through Friday, 9 am-5 pm, at: 888-244-6843

The Rennie Center: Thriving Minds: Building Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems

The Immigrant Learning Center: Resources for Immigrants, Parents and Educators during the Covid-19 crisis

U.S. Surgeon General: Advisory on Protecting Youth Mental Health

The Trevor Project: Mental Health Resources for LGBTQ Youth

National PTA: Tackling Covid-19 Together

National PTA: What to Do (and Not Do) When Your Child is Anxious (en Español)

American Psychological Association: Helping Teens Cope with Missed Milestones

Teach for America: Mental Health Resources for Educators

Child Mind Institute: Preventing Parent Burnout (en Español)

Connect Safely: Parent’s Guide to Cyberbullying

UCLA Gender Health Program: Resources for LGBTQ Youth During Covid-19

UNICEF: 8 ways teachers can support students’ mental health during Covid-19 school returns

 

MEDIA COVERAGE

“For immigrant students, bilingual mental health care is essential. Can schools meet the need?” from WGBH 

“Making social-emotional learning work for teens,” a special report from EdWeek

“Teens are struggling with in-person high school. Here’s how parents can help” from the Today Show on NBC

“High school counselors navigate SEL, college applications amid youth mental health crisis” from K-12 Dive

“Helping students cope with a difficult year” from Edutopia

“Helping students reacclimate to being with others all day” from Edutopia

“With COVID relief money, schools across U.S. take on bigger role in students’ mental health” from Chalkbeat

“Pediatricians say the mental health crisis among kids has become a national emergency” from NPR

“Low stamina and school avoidance: For tweens, this year is unusually turbulent” from Chalkbeat

“US Surgeon General report warns of mental health crisis hitting youth” from US News & World Report