Coping with the Coronavirus Mental Health Tips

Coping with the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Mental Health Tips for Families and Children

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many adults, and especially parents and caregivers, are struggling to manage their own stress and maintain a positive outlook for their family. They may be unsure what to say to children who are at varying levels of development. In many cases, children are now doing school work at home while their parents or caregivers are also working from home. It is critical for all adults to stay calm and model coping for children.

Watch the video below for Mental Health Tips for Children and Families to help in coping with the coronavirus (COVID-19), from Dr. Scott Poland, veteran school psychologist and current professor at the College of Psychology at Nova Southeastern University.

Important Tips to Help Your Family Cope

Stay C.A.L.M.

Control what you can, and keep the family schedule consistent. Be available to your children and alert to their emotions. Limit news and media coverage. And model coping for your children. 

Talk with Children

Listen to your children and answer their questions, let them express their emotions and validate their feelings, acknowledge the uncertainty, and emphasize that you will get through this together. 

Follow Guidelines

Following guidelines provided by authorities and medical experts, such as social distancing and hand washing, are things you can control in your family to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. 

Develop a Schedule

Help reduce stress by providing structure and routine. Create a daily schedule for school work, exercise, time to connect with friends and family, and maintain a consistent bedtime. 

Manage Adult Stress

Taking care of yourself through exercise, diet, adequate sleep, connecting with others, and seeking help when needed are important in managing your own stress in order to help your children cope. 

Seek Help

Your child's school counselors are a good resource to assist you if your child is struggling to cope. If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, seek help. Disaster Distress Helpline

About the Presenter: Dr. Scott Poland

Dr. Scott Poland

Dr. Scott Poland is gifted speaker with a wealth of knowledge about how to help children in difficult times. He spent 26 years as a school psychologist and has led multiple crisis teams after tragedies like the Oklahoma City bombing, 9/11, school shootings, and suicide clusters. He is currently a professor at Nova Southeastern University, and is also the author of multiple SafeSchools Training online courses for both school staff and students. Dr. Poland recently received the Helping Parkland Heal Award from the city of Parkland, Florida.

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