Mental Health and COVID-19

The City of Palo Alto provides regular updates on COVID-19 as well as a variety of wellness opportunities
Santa Clara County’s Behavioral Health Services Department posts daily about mental health and wellness on their social media – check out their Facebook.

updated 5/15/2020


Resources & Tips

Supporting your Mental Health While Navigating Change
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s 
guidance to navigate change and to support your mental health.

Constructively Communicating with Children about COVID-19
Stanford’s Center for Youth Mental Health and Well-being’s communication tips for parents and adults to consider. 

How to Help Someone with Anxiety or Depression During COVID-19
How to Support a Loved One Going Through a Tough Time During Covid-19
Mental Health First Aid
 shares tips from their MHFA curriculum to care for ourselves and support others’ mental health. 

Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks – Taking Care of Children
Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Department provides information sheet in taking care of children and coping with stress during disease outbreak. 

Engaging in Service While Sheltering at Home
Youth Community Service offers Service at Home project ideas, encouraging learning, wellness, and a sense of connectedness. 

Building Developmental Relationships During COVID-19 Crisis
Search Institute provides a checklist of steps to continue building relationships with youth.

A Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching Through Coronavirus
Teaching Tolerance shares National Child Traumatic Stress Network experts’ recommendations for supporting students.


Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019
CDC 
provides messages for parents, educators, and others working with youth. Includes the facts about COVID-19 for discussions with youth.


PsychHub’s COVID-19 Mental Health Resource Hub
Free resource hub by a collaboration of nation’s most credible mental health organizations. Familiar mental health organizations include American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), American Psychological Association (APA), National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), and Mental Health America. Check out the library of video resources. 


Funding 

United Way Bay Area’s COVID-19 Community Relief Fund
Funds will be directed to Bay Area organizations that are offering relief and response services to families who have been adversely impacted by the global pandemic. Encouraging PSN partners to apply to strengthen technology infrastructure so can continue operations and provide  critical services to community. 

Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s Regional Nonprofit Emergency Fund
Operating grants to nonprofit organizations serving San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Funds will address loss of revenues and/or unexpected costs, including technology upgrades and other operational expenses related to shifts in direct service plans. 

Perspectives

Youth Voice: Video Journals: Global youth describe life in virus crisis includes perspective from local Palo Alto high school student.

Palo Alto Weekly/ OnlineIn the time of the coronavirus, Zoom and Skype are the new therapists’s office describes efforts of PAUSD and local youth mental health organizations like CASSY, Adolescent Counseling Services, CHC, CHAC, Safespace, and more. 

Palo Alto Weekly/ OnlineIn face of pandemic, psychologist to lead webinar on suicide prevention describes the suicide prevention training and efforts of Dr. Joyce Chu, Palo Alto University, and Santa Clara County Suicide Prevention program. 

KognitoCOVID-19 and School Mental Health: Connecting with Families at Home includes Director of Safe and Healthy Schools Jennifer Del Bono of Santa Clara County Office of Education, who emphasizes importance of preventative mental health.