COVID-19 in Minnesota: Mental health resources to help get through this tough time

Dr. Nancy S. Harper, Director of the Otto Bremer Trust Center for Safe and Healthy Children, spoke with FOX 9 about the effect the COVID-19 pandemic is having on mental health.

Here is some more information on how to get through this tough time.

Coronavirus, Traumatic Stress, Mindfulness

“2019 Novel Coronavirus”
American Academy of Pediatrics:  guidance for families

“Coronavirus Resources & Tips for Parents, Children & Others”
Prevent Child Abuse America

“Coronavirus Sanity Guide”
Ten Percent Happier – meditations, podcasts, blogposts

“Coping with Stress”
US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC):

 “Helping Children Cope with Emergencies”
US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC):

National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-Child

Minnesota Department of Human Services

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with COVID-19

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network:

Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus
National Public Radio:

Talking to Teens & Tweens about Coronavirus
The New York Times:

Tools for Traumatic Experiences (children)
Sesame Street – coping strategies, breathing, activities

‘Belly Breathe’ with Elmo
Sesame Street

Mindfulness Apps for Kids:
•    Breathe, Think, Do Sesame (useful for kids ages 2-5)
•    Stop, Breathe, and Think Kids (fun and easy way for kids to identify and process their emotions)
•    Breathing Bubbles (helps kids practice releasing worries and focus on good feelings)
•    Super Stretch Yoga (teaches yoga and breathing techniques to kids) 
•    Relax Melodies (listen to over 52 different relaxing sounds) 
•    Mood Monster's Yoga Workshop (pick your mood and do some yoga)